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Kanye West's 'Storytellers': Did he really rant about Chris Brown, Thom Yorke, and O.J. Simpson?

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Kanyeweststoryteller_lKanye West is nothing if not a man of strong opinions, so it’s not too huge a shock to hear (via a Reuters report) that he might have shared some controversial thoughts with the studio audience while taping his episode of VH1’s Storytellers, which airs tomorrow night. According to Reuters, Kanye lashed out at Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke for somehow snubbing him backstage at the Grammys, which raises the question of whether Kanye has ever seen an interview with Thom. (Blindingly awesome creative genius, yes; enthusiastic green-room schmoozer, possibly not.) Reuters also says that Kanye went on a tirade against those who are quick to judge Michael Phelps (word) – as well as defending Chris Brown, Michael Jackson, and O.J. Simpson. “Can’t we give Chris a break?… O.J. Simpson, amazing. Is he not? What he did, when he did, what he did. Was he not amazing though?” Uh, no comment on that one, Yeezy.

Reuters says many of these remarks got cut from the final VH1 broadcast, so it’ll be hard for anyone to tell whether those quotes made more sense in context. (VH1 has issued a statement saying that “Every show/concert performance that’s taped for television goes through an editing process and this episode of Storytellers is not unique to that”; Kanye’s reps haven’t replied to my e-mail asking for comment on this.) So given that all this should probably be taken with a grain of salt, what do you think? Does this make you more or less interested in watching Kanye’s Storytellers? And if you do watch it, what do you think are the chances that you’ll ignore whatever he says in between songs and end up saying, “Was he not amazing though?”

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Originally posted February 27 2009 — 8:23 PM EST

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