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A Tweet-By-Tweet Breakdown Of Peak Kanye Going Peak Kanye And Breaking The Internet

Wednesday afternoon at approximately 2pm EST, Kanye West, fueled by his unfathomably and ridiculously awkward “beef” with Wiz Khalifa, began the Twitter rant to end all Twitter rants. When did the rant end? I’m not exactly sure. It’s 3:57 EST at this moment, and he apparently is still going. And I’m still processing that A) this is happening/has happened and B) I managed to witness it live.

(Background on B): I’m not on Twitter very much — usually just there to tweet out links to new VSB posts — so I always catch things like this hours after they’ve happened, not while they’re actually happening.)

Anyway, his hour-long tweets of consciousness managed to cram in literally everything that’s laudable and loathable about him. Kanye West will never be more Kanye West than he was this afternoon, and here’s a tweet-by-tweet breakdown of Peak Kanye Breaking The Internet.

A bit of context: Yesterday afternoon, Kanye tweeted that he was changing the name of his long-awaited album from S.W.I.S.H. to WAVES. I personally gave negative infinity fucks about this news — he could call it “The Check Cashing Spot On Centre Avenue In The Building That Used To Be An Arby’s” now for all I care; I just want it to be released — but Wiz Khalifa took umbrage to this, claiming that Max B is the true originator of the Wave Movement, and any allusion to a trend he started is incomplete without his involvement. Or something. (Admittedly, I don’t really know much about Max B or the Wave Movement. Perhaps someone — preferably a millennial — can give me more background.)

And then, earlier today, Wiz tweeted “Hit this kk and become yourself.” Which, apparently, is a weed reference. But Kanye interpreted it as a reference to his wife, famous White woman Kim Kardashian West.

And then, Peak Kanye began.

kanye 1st

1. “Oh niggas must think I’m not petty cause I’m the best that’s ever made music” is, all context considered, the single best tweet of all-time. Its also the first of several tweets that, in retrospect, made people say “It would have been great if he just stopped there!

kanye 2nd

2. Here, ultimately, is Kanye’s “justification” for what he’s about to do and proof that he has no clue what the hell he’s talking about. This is basically the Twitter version of Ron Artest attacking the wrong fan at the Malice at the Palace. Ironically, there’s a good chance Kanye might have actually been smoking KK when tweeting this.

kanye 3rd

3. When Panama and I went to LA in 2014 to shoot some promo stuff with Key & Peele, we saw Kid Cudi in the hotel we were staying in. That tidbit has no real relevance or connection to any of this. I just wanted to share.

kanye 4th

4. Wiz Khalifa makes rap music for people who don’t really enjoy listening to rap music. And people too high to do anything other than burn Hot Pockets. Basically, he makes movie soundtrack rap. I agree with Kanye, but neither Kanye nor I are in Wiz’s target demographic, so it doesn’t matter.

kanye 5th

5.  More Wiz music shade. (To Wiz’s credit, “Work Hard Play Hard” was light years better than “Facts.”)

kanye 6th

6. There are days when I think about what it would be like to have a more traditional occupation, with an office I went to everyday and a boss I reported to and shit. Today is one of those days, just because it would be awesome to say “You have distracted from my creative process” to someone. Unfortunately, I do not have that. So I’ll just say that to my daughter the next time she needs her diaper changed.

kanye 7th

kanye 8th

7. “I went to look at your twitter and you were wearing cool pants” and “I screen grabbed those pants and sent it to my style team ” forged together is the tweet beef equivalent of punching someone in the mouth, but pausing mid-blow to (genuinely) compliment their teeth. More Peak Kanye.

kanye 9th

8. #TrueFact.

Also notable is the fact that we’re like 10 tweets in and Kanye began this tweet with “3rd.” Kanye West is the best artist of all-time. But, apparently, does not understand counting.

Unfortunately, this is where it all started to go to shit. We’ve reached the end of the “It would have been cool if he just stopped there!” portion of the recap.

kanye 10th

9. There’s a lot to unpack with “4th you let a stripper trap you” and “5th I know you mad every time you look at your child that this girl got you for 18 years.” We’re talking a full Guardian storage facility worth of shit to unpack. I won’t attempt to do any of that, but I will say this:

A) There are few things wacker than a dude beefing with another dude and putting the business and/or background of the other dude’s gf/wife on blast with the beef. Especially if the other dude’s gf/wife used to be your gf/wife! Extra especially if the relationship with the other dude’s gf/wife led to the single best thing you ever did!

B) Kanye is clearly — clearly!!! — still in love with Amber.

C) Kanye uses Amber Rose’s stripper history as an insult. Yet, while he was in a relationship with this stripper, he apparently lusted over — and eventually cheated on her with — a woman whose income and current cultural relevance are literally 100% due to her finding a way to capitalize off her interaction with Ray J’s penis. Now, there is nothing wrong or shameful about any of this. Being a stripper, making a sex tape, sleeping with Ray J — whatever. But it’s beyond absurd that Kanye finds it in him to continually attempt to shame his ex for her past, when America’s first collective acknowledgement of his wife’s mere existence was due to a sex tape.

kanye 11th

10. How much money would you be willing to be bet that this was the first time millions of White Americas ever heard the phrase “don’t ever come out the side of your neck at me”?

$50? $50,000? $50,000,000?

kanye 12th

11. The residue from the Amber-related tweets is ruining the awesomeness of these four. Still, I didn’t think I’d live long enough to see the day where a rapper from Chicago saying “I started the tight pants trend” to a rapper from Pittsburgh would be seen not just as a point of pride, but an actual diss. Kanye isn’t just bragging that he made skinny jeans popular. He’s saying Wiz is wack because he didn’t. 

kanye 13th

kanye 14th

12. Saying “I showed you respect as a man when I met you” and following that up with “You wouldn’t have a child if it wasn’t for me” is like saying “Your mom gives the best recommendation letters! And the best blow jobs.” I thought this was going to be Peak Bad Kanye, but I was wrong.

kanye 15th

13. You know how, when people live in low-lying areas that get frequent floods, they might experience that one flood that breaks them? That makes them say “Yeah, I just can’t live here anymore”? This tweet, for obvious reasons, was likely that moment for many of the people still on Kanye West Island. And the people who used to be on the Island, but left a few floods ago, are sitting home in their dry living rooms watching this all and thinking “Man. Leaving three years ago was the best decision I ever made.”

kanye 16th

14. This is a stupid tweet with a stupid hashtag.

kanye 17th

15. Is funny, solely because it’s apparently unfathomable to Kanye that Wiz Khalifa might have just decided to get a new phone. Although, it is possible that Wiz gave Kanye a Google number. Because Kanye is totally the type of person you give a Google number to.

kanye 18th

16. “But Kanye, Wiz didn’t actually mention…wait, nevermind.”

kanye 19th

17. Again, we’ve reached another point where those still on Kanye West Island wish he wouldn’t have ruined this amazing rant with his terrible Amber Rose and Wiz and Amber’s child-related tweets. There hasn’t been a bigger turd in a sweeter punchbowl.

kanye 20th

18. We get it with the neck thing, Kanye. We know you’re Black. You can put your South Side receipts away now.

kanye 21st

19. At first, I wasn’t quite sure if Kanye was high. Now I’m 472672% sure he was.

kanye 22nd

20. I know some people will believe this was all a publicity stunt for his new album. Which, on some level, I get. But there are certain people who don’t need more buzz. They already exist in a perpetually buzz-filled state. Kanye is one of them. He can tweet “I had tacos today” and, within an hour, Complex will have 25 thinkpieces and listicles dissecting it.

kanye 23rd

kanye 24th

kanye 26th

21. I say this as a person who will definitely listen to S.W.I.S.H. or WAVES or VEGAN CHORIZO TACO MEAT or whatever the fuck this album will be named for 96 consecutive hours when it’s released, but shut the fuck up, Kanye. Please.

kanye 25th

22. You know how we went to war and shit because of some WMDs? And then, like 25 seconds into the war, it was revealed that there are no WMDs? But we’re still at war almost 20 years later, because you can’t “nevermind” some shit like that?

Spending an entire afternoon tweeting about Wiz’s music, fashion, ex-wife, and child, and then saying “My bad” is the same thing. An exponentially scaled down version of the same thing, but the same thing. Because “my bad” doesn’t erase the damage done, and definitely doesn’t stop the other side from clapping back. Especially if the “other side” has some very intimate knowledge of your proctological proclivities.

(Also, I’m pissed that he deleted the tweets and I couldn’t embed them so I had to learn how to screenshot on a Mac this afternoon. But, I’m glad this recap allowed me to gain a new skill!)

I do not know how this will end for Kanye. But I’m certain it will not bode well for his 2020 presidential campaign.

Damon Young

Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VSB. He is also a contributing editor for EBONY.com. And a columnist for EBONY Magazine. And a founding editor for 1839. Damon is busy. He lives in Pittsburgh, and he really likes pancakes. Reach him at damon@verysmartbrothas.com. Or don't.

  • Madame Zenobia

    Can someone help me out with why the Kardashian’s are considered White? Armenia touches Iran. It is firmly on the “Middle Eastern” side of the European/Asian divide. I’m seriously asking. All right, I’ll go read the rest of the article now.

    • SirKnows DevoidofPunk

      It’s the exotica fetish of non-Blackness-as-more-desirable-than-Blackness. Kim has many physical features traditionally associated with Black women, but she’s obviously not Black. So it makes her more appealing… Plus as a woman of an ethnic background that she only selectively embraces as Kimmy Kakes is not boxed in by any negative connotations of her heritage or measured by what other Armenians say or do, she has a type of cultural privilege most akin to White Privilege.

    • L Mara

      Because their father is Armenian and their mother is “English, with some Scottish, Irish, German, and Dutch”. So it’s partially true.

      • Madame Zenobia

        Gotcha. Thanks.


      You know how you’ve never seen a brown white person? It’s kind of like that. Plus, the Kardashians are pretty much presenting themselves as white.

    • Lola

      I’ve never seen them claim poc until someone points out their co-opting of black culture then its all about the nonwhiteness…which is a fairly common white-adjacent behavior

      • L8Comer

        I could be wrong, but I’m pretty sure they have talked about the Armenian genocide and have visited Armenia on their show. If I didn’t know Kim and Kourtney especially where half white, I’d just think they were Persian women…especially the way they play up their dark hair and eyes. They don’t even look half white to me.

    • They are marketed as white.

    • God Shammgod

      It is also firmly on the….drumroll please…Caucasus mountain region.

      Exotic white is still white. Unless we’re calling Russians Asians now.

    • Epsilonicus

      I don’t know any white people who claim the Kardashians as white.

      • ??Jessica??

        Armenians hardly wanna claim them- you think the whites want to?!

    • Asiyah

      I’m not Armenian so don’t take my word for it, but from what I’ve seen, identity is complicated for Armenians. Some feel they are Middle Eastern, others don’t because Middle Eastern is thought to be synonymous with Muslim. Arabs, like Armenians, came here in the early part of the 20th century and fought to be recognized on the census as White, hence why they are considered White.

      • Madame Zenobia

        That helps. Thanks.

  • SirKnows DevoidofPunk

    White Chocolate aka Amber Rose just won this one with a single shot. Don’t let her dump a clip outchea and clear these skreets right up.

    • tgtaggie

      Yeah, he should’ve quit while he was ahead. lol.

    • Tammy Jenkins


      • Jennifer


    • PaddyfotePrincess

      That’s a helluva clap back.

    • C.

      He should know better by now not to mess with someone who has nothing to lose by dragging you and your whole family….she is a “hoe” right? What else can you do/say that she hasn’t heard or felt before. ???

      • Val

        Are Kanye and Wiz “h0es” too?

        • C.

          I would consider them more of the sluutt or trrick variety, they know they pay to play whether they admit it or not. Amber gets compensated for her secual conquests which kanye can’t stand…he thought he was diddy and could blackball her behind. Lol

          • Val

            How is Amber compensated?

            • C.

              She was a stripper and she dates men with money for a reason…she owns her secuality and i love her for it. I’m sure she doesn’t play in broke men’s bottoms…

              • Val

                Don’t feel like going back and forth about this but being a stripper is a job. People normally get compensated for working. And are you implying that all women who date successful men are being compensated? And are therefore h0es? Make me ‘overstand’.

                • C.

                  So stop going and back, i stated my opinion…plenty of women and men fall into the h0e catergory. If you only date someone for the financial reasons and not for that person then yes you are a h0e. I know strippers who are practically celibate and i know some cheap h0es who will give up some sloppy for a trip to Ruth chris, exchanging secual favors for financial compensation is prostituti0n. Plenty of married people are in trick/h0e arrangements…now you may stop responding if you don’t like my definition of a “h0e”. ?

                  • PDL – Cape Girl


            • I know she does appearances at clubs… But that’s not what you were asking…

    • Val

      I mean really, there’s nothing Kanye can even say as a reply. Game over.

    • Amber like…

      • SirKnows DevoidofPunk


    • anichole

      When she said #YourGettingBodiedBySripperNinja I nearly logged off twitter LOL

      • PhlyyPhree

        Look. Look. I almost shaved my head and moved to Philly when she went there.

        • Lol! Don’t forget to dye it blonde.

      • That hashtag gave me life!

    • SoloBolo

      Pure Gold

      • Laetiçia Emmanuel

        I lol’d

    • Two or three fingers? Any more than that any we’re nearing fisting territory.

      • SirKnows DevoidofPunk

        it’s Kanye… he doesn’t half-way anything.

        • [Insert Creative Name Here]

          You mean he doesn’t half-a$s anything, right?

    • Heat&Warriors

      That’s what I said Kanye got shut down in two tweets!! Amber 1 Kanye -10

      • Sigma_Since 93

        And here’s another hit Amber Rose!

    • nylahou

      Amber is 1000x smarter than Kim. You can tell from her tweets. She also even looks more present than Kim in the eyes. Kanye must be out of his mind in boredom with Kim, and obviously still thinks about Amber. Kim can inject, plump, spread it, drape it in crap clothes — she won’t have .0001% of Amber’s wit, which is ultimately what a cerebral person like Kanye falls in love with. Yes, cerebral — he crazy, but a thinker.

      • MsSula

        Girl (or guy?), it’s almost like you are in my heart! You wrote all the things I have been thinking and not able to articulate.

        • nylahou

          Lol, thx — girl :)

      • jess-s

        the music was raw with Amber.. it’s luke warm with Kim

      • YeaSoh

        Great point! Thinkers are inspired when their minds are pushed/pulled in new directions or trains of thought… And who else better to do that than another thinker? Well done. Respect.

      • blogdiz

        nailed it

    • Sigma_Since 93

      Maybe Kanye is mad that Kim won’t stick her finger in dat bootay.

    • Conrad Bess

      I haven’t read any of the comments, so perhaps this has been touched upon.
      Didn’t Amber Rose have/participate in a “Slutwalk”? Wasn’t the purpose of that to empower women and encourage women to not be ashamed of their sexual history? And now she tweets about some sexual activity she may have indulged in with Kanye with the sole purpose of SHAMING HIM and emasculating him in an industry notorious for sh1tting on booty play?
      *Hums some Alanis Morrisette* (Yes I am Canadian, and yes, nothing in that song had anything to do with Irony)

      • SirKnows DevoidofPunk

        it wasn’t about shaming Ye. Amber’s played the dangerous game of being the “downass white girl with a fat booty” and being praised for that cultural/racial dynamic. that’s the foundation of her success. but still, guys turn around and shame her when they’re bored with her or done with her. So this is her payback. she ain’t innocent in all this, but she’s got cause to lick a couple shots here and there. especially when 2 famous dudes start using their relationship with her as an insult to each other.

    • Robbinesque

      We are on a #CLAPBACK roll lately. First Gabrielle and her “WHO DAT?” and now Amber Rose. Shade just everywhere…

  • cakes_and_pies

    Y’all broke up last decade, you married the one you opined over in “Stay Up! V
    ia gra”, you have 2 babies, yet you break your neck to mention her at
    any chance you get, the person that YOU CHOSE. Yeah, you still love

  • miss t-lee

    As I said on twitter, Kanye got a whole azz wife, and two kids.
    Yet, he’s STILL tweeting about Amber.

    Kim…get ya hubby.

    • charisma_supreme

      WHYYYYYYY is he STILL so emotional like Carl Thomas over her?!?!?

      • miss t-lee

        The Academy Award winning group 3 6 Mafia wrote a song that comes to mind.
        It’s title? “_____ Got Ya Hooked”

        • charisma_supreme

          Now u know that is my fav off “Most Known Unknowns”!

          • miss t-lee

            Mi gente!!!! :)

        • Club banger!

        • Jennifer

          BTW – I’m glad I’m not the only one who refers to Memphis’ famed group by their full name, “Academy Award winner 3 6 Mafia” — helmed by “Academy Award winner Crunchy Black” and “Academy Award winner Juicy J.” It’s only right.

          • Okay! Let’s not forget… Stay woke. Lol

          • miss t-lee

            As you said, it is only right.
            They earned that respect.

      • Yes! Carl Thomas vibes for real. Lmaoo

        • charisma_supreme

          I would be PISSED if i were Kim. I would find me some gum to smack and get me a wig to pat just to ask that n i g g a loudly in Southern Ratchetese, “WHYDAFUH you still TALMBOUT that bih?!?!?”

          • PDL – Cape Girl

            That’s the beauty of it, she doesn’t know she should be mad.

            • [Insert Creative Name Here]

              From what I learned from Agatha the other day, Kim’s an “It’s Cool” girl

              • PDL – Cape Girl

                She is definitely an “it’s cool” girl, most definitely!!!

          • Sigma_Since 93

            the crocodile tears, mascara, and fake eyelash glue would impede Kim from seeing.

      • Freebird

        He wants to be her.

      • Nick Peters

        He’s the king of the light skinned n*ggas

        • charisma_supreme

          But he aint fair skindeded, tho! I just want his PCP to start him on an SSRI so was can all be done with this foolishness.

          • orchid921

            Nah. Benzos. Valium. LOTS OF IT.

            • charisma_supreme

              Lol! I was trying to manage conservatively.

      • Adebisi’s Hat

        Indeed. I can only figure it’s because she’s so clearly moved on. She’s thriving and giving zero fucks about him, he has no control over her and it burns him no end.

        • charisma_supreme

          Agreed, agreed, agreed. He’s affected in the way a true narcissist would be. How dare she leave his shadow. *side eye*

          • Adebisi’s Hat

            Exactly right, she failed to know her place.

    • Bukky AL

      RIGHT!?!?!?!? As current wife I’d be like why the eff you still going for this chick? We’s married now.

      • miss t-lee

        Smoke in the city.

      • cakes_and_pies

        I don’t think she would be mad because Kanye will eventually wind up in the “Discarded Negro” pile in 5 years anyway.

      • NoGames

        I believe it’s We’s married nah…

    • Asiyah

      Kim can’t get her hubby because she can’t bring herself to put down her selfie stick and get out of the bathroom lol

    • NonyaB

      Right? Time mgzn just dropped this interview (their social media dept is on it!) and I’m not mad @ her at all:

      • MsSula

        They on it for real. And yep, Go Amber!

      • miss t-lee

        I love it.
        Thanks for sharing! :)

  • Brass Tacks

    “Admittedly, I don’t really know much about Max B or the Wave Movement. Perhaps someone — preferably a millennial — can give me more background.”

    Gladly. Max B was a part of “Purple City ByrdGang” which, imo is a subsect of The Diplomats. Sorta the B2K to Diplomats Imx…sorta. He is primarily notable for ghostwriting Jim Jones best songs. Such as Ballin and…Ballin. In addition to being of course, creator of the #wave movement.

    current/former aliases include: Max Bigga, The Silver Surfer, Biggaveli

    Also notable for giving us French… Yes, French Montana.

    • Prometheus X

      come on duke…. this is obviously a insufficient primer on the inventor of the wave or wave phenomenon. In short his beef with Jim Jones (which happens to be one of the most entertaining rap beefs of all time “Chrissy Touched in Miami”) led to some of the most tightly produced mixtape tracks of the late aughts.

      Max B was signed to Jim Jones ByrdGang but not Sheist Bubz Purple City imprint. Many mixtapes later and collaborations with French Montana and Dame Grease he rose to popularity only to be arrested and found guilty murder conspiracy and robbery charges (now serving 75 years hence- free max b / free the wave )

      I must admit this is also insufficient.

      • miss t-lee

        Keep Max B.

        • Prometheus X

          Miss T you hate the wave?

          • miss t-lee

            I heard my first and last Max B song last night.

            • Prometheus X

              his music is a hard sell- i cant lie–but his influence on the game cant be denied. Owww *Biggavell voice*

              • Free the Wave!

                Best thing about this is my guy Max got some much deserved pub.


              • miss t-lee

                I’ll take your word for it.

        • A gaggle of trash rappers.

        • Cleojonz

          Yeah right. In other words Max B produces unlistenable music.

          • miss t-lee

            I listen to tons of questionable music, and I heard one song and was like, never again.

      • Brass Tacks

        See then I would have to go into the whole Stack Bundles ( RIP) sadness. And the Jim dont come through Harlem episodes.

        Sidenote: The Diplomats really need a movie made about them.

        • Prometheus X

          I swear I was thinking the same thing. Once you mention Stacks or Max I go into my true religion/gnostic/ corn row melancholic nostalgia thing for the by gone era of east coast drug rap.

          The Dipset movie has to happen.

    • cakes_and_pies

      Give us French Montana? More like flicked him at us like a wet booger.

      • Brass Tacks

        He had/ has a couple songs. His mac & chz 3 is very underrated.

    • Quirlygirly

      ghostwriting Jim Jones best songs. Such as Ballin and…Ballin.

      1. Hollers!!!!
      2. I approve this message


    Kanye’s Twitter rant was a great example of being, what our grandmother calls, “strong and wrong”. ALL of that because he thought KK (which stands for Khalifa Kush) was a reference to Kim Kardashian?

    • Quirlygirly

      Lol..we say loud and wrong..also I guess Kim has exclusive rights to the initials KK..lol

  • God Shammgod

    Max B isn’t a millennial thing Damon. It’s a Dipset/NY cult era thing. I’ll give you a pass though.

    • kid video

      Who has the bigger NYC cult following; Dips or ASAP?

  • Dr_Tiff

    Am I the only one who finds it sad that Kanye read “hit this KK” as a sneak diss on his wife? Like, are you so used to her being sexualized that’s all you could see?

  • Lola

    What really needs to be discussed here…is that you still live on KWI, Damon.

  • iamnotakata

    Kanye is an idiot, and he showed his age with this disoriented rant at Wiz…

    • L8Comer

      Nah, he didn’t show his age…maybe Kylie’s age, but not his. Isn’t he like 34 or something?

      • iamnotakata

        Oh yes he did, he showed how out of touch he is by misconscrewing Kk aka Kalifah Kush, for his trash as s wifes initials…and that fool is a smooth 38…sitting on 40.

        • L8Comer

          Lol, you right haha

        • YeaSoh

          Lol that is some old uncle bs lol

        • Our future president

        • Quirlygirly

          Thing is he so used to his wife being slandered. He figured he was gonna defend is wife with all the shade, slander and reads he could muster ‘cept nobody was talking about his wife and he look old man crazy.

          • PaddyfotePrincess

            Old man crazy – with a brown paper bag bottle of Ripple, a pack of Kools, sandals and socks, a linen blend short set, a toothpick and a special edition Billy Dee S-Curl box kit.

    • Yeah, we basically saw the “cool” kid realize that he is aging out of the cool kid group.

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