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Listen to Kanye West’s Backstage Meltdown at ‘SNL’

Kanye West may have drawn rave reviews for his “SNL” performance last weekend, but behind the scenes it was a different story.

Page Six has released audio from West’s pre-show meltdown, which was supposedly caused when NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” techies tore out the shiny stage floor that West had requested because it was reflecting the stage lights in a distracting way.

A source in West’s camp told Complex that West was not yelling at “SNL” staffers but was “venting his frustration in a private moment with his team.”

Listen to Kanye’s epic meltdown backstage (Audio):

“Look at that sh–, they took my f—in’ stage off of ‘SNL’ without asking me,” West can be heard saying. “Now I’m bummed. That and Taylor Swift, fake a–,” he said in reference to his recent beef with the singer over his lyrics in the song “Famous,” which Swift’s camp deemed “misogynistic.” “Now I ain’t gonna do this. We’re gonna break the motherf—ing Internet.”

He went on to state his place among cultural giants including Stanley Kubrick, Pablo Picasso and even the biblical Paul.

“Are they f—ing crazy? Whoa by 50 percent — Stanley Kubrick, Picasso, Apostle Paul, f—ing Picasso and Escobar — by 50 percent more influential than any other human being. Don’t f— with me. Don’t f— with me. Don’t f— with me. By 50 percent dead or alive, by 50 percent for the next 1,000 years. Stanley Kubrick, ‘Ye.”

West also supposedly threatened to walk out in the middle of the performance during the live broadcast. He ended up performing two songs off his new album, “The Life of Pablo,” without incident.

Surrounding the release of his latest album, West has been a fixture in the news. He alleged via Twitter that he’s $53 million in debt.

“My number one enemy has been my ego… there is only one throne and that’s God’s …” West tweeted on Wednesday.

https://twitter.com/kanyewest/status/700033728945389568

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