We all know Kanye West for being famously outspoken. From his classic outburst on NBC where he declared that “George Bush doesn’t care about black people” to his uproar about slavery being “a choice”, the controversial star isn’t one to keep quiet about his opinions.
No surprise then that this has inevitably resulted in a clash between him and many people. Most specifically, celebrities. Indeed, the best-selling male artist has feuded with more than a handful of famous people including Drake and even his ex-wife Kim Kardashian.
Want to know who’s rocked Ye’s boat along the years? Here are 14 Kanye West’s fights and beefs that have shaken up the celebrity world so far…
1. Kanye vs. Drake
Kanye and Drake’s decade-long feud began way back in 2010.
When Drake dropped a verse on West’s hit All of the Lights, it leaked and gained a lot of positive attention, to which Kanye responded by taking it off the song. Was he doing right by his art or was this a jealousy move? Can ‘Yeezus’ himself really get jealous?
Anyway, decide for yourself how Drake took this. Discussing Ye in an interview shortly after, he said, “Now, I would say, he is great competitor…and friend, at the same time… My goal is to surpass everything he’s accomplished. I don’t want to be as good as Kanye, I want to be better”.
One of Drake’s lyrics later included the line, “I’m just feeling like the throne is for the taking/Watch me take it”, seemingly referring to Kanye and Jay-Z’s Watch the Throne album.
Fast forward to 2018 and Ye took the blame for Pusha-T revealing the existence and identity of Drake’s son.
After Drake sent him a clearance request for the song Say What’s Real, which was a reworking of Kanye’s 2009 song, he wrote on Twitter, “There would never be a drake without a Kanye west so never come out your mouth with a threat.”
Ye even went as far as to leak Drake’s home address on Instagram, to which Drizzy just laughed at.
Drake’s lyrics, “Kiki, do you love me?” then led to rumors swirling that this was a reference to Kanye’s (then) wife, Kim Kardashian.
But all it took was for Kanye to post a video on Instagram calling for Drake to host a gig alongside him in support of the ‘Free Larry Hoover’ movement and the pair put the past in the past.
“I’m making this video to address the ongoing back and forth between myself and Drake. Both me and Drake have taken shots at each other and it’s time to put it to rest…” he said.
2. Kanye vs. Taylor Swift
What makes the President of the United States (Barack Obama) call Kanye a “jackass” on live TV? His feud with Taylor Swift is what!
One of the most famous celebrity feuds of all time started in 2009 at the MTV VMAs when Taylor gave her acceptance speech for ‘Video of the Year’. West decided it was time to give his, now infamous, yet still un-called for, opinion by jumping on stage saying –
“Yo, Taylor, I’m really happy for you and I’mma let you finish, but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time. One of the best videos of all time!”.
In what was one of Kanye’s most controversial moments ever, Beyonce was left crying backstage, Obama was furious, and West, after initially apologizing, told The New York Times that he was only apologizing due to peer pressure and continued to admit, “I don’t have one regret” about what was said.
In fact, a few years and many exchanges later, Kanye rapped, “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex/ why? I made that bi**h famous”. Although West claimed to have received Swift’s permission for the controversial lyrics, she insisted that they were never ran by her.
During her 2016 Grammys acceptance speech for ‘Album of the Year’ (which Ye did not make an appearance for), Swift said, “there are going to be people along the way who are going to try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame”…
From Kim Kardashian getting involved and calling Taylor a “snake” to Taylor retaliating and dubbing the couple “bullies”, we don’t believe the pair will ever be ‘Real Friends’ from here on out.
3. Kanye vs. Justin Timberlake
After Justing Timberlake and Jay-Z dropped their hit Suit & Tie back in 2013, Kanye took a swipe against the former by admitting during a gig in London that he “got love for Hov, but I aint fu**in’ with that ‘suit & tie'”.
But Timberlake didn’t take this too badly as he responded humorously during his Saturday Night Live performance, “My hit’s so sick got rappers acting dramatic”.
The beef was immediately squashed when Justin told Sway in the Morning that he and Ye had cleared the air:
“I respect his opinion because I think he’s a genius, but I don’t share that opinion. It’s just not that big of deal. To do it at SNL too is like…it’s not that big of deal… “I told [Kanye], ‘I fu*k with you, in a way that you probably don’t even understand. I get what you do. We’ve never worked together, so I don’t think that he fully understands what it is that I can do. I love [Kanye’s] Yeezus, I love that album. I think he’s ahead of a lot, especially in his genre. I think people are going to appreciate it a lot more in the future.”
Jumping ahead two years later, Kanye tried to exchange blows once more with the singer by mentioning him in his acceptance speech for his Video Vanguard award at the 2015 MTV VMAs.
“The contradiction is that I do fight for artists but in that fight, somehow, was disrespectful to artists. I didn’t know how to say the right thing, the perfect thing, I sat at the GRAMMYs and saw Justin Timberlake and CeeLo Green lose. Gnarls Barkley and the FutureSex/LoveSound album, and bro, Justin, I’m not trying to put you on blast but I saw that man in tears, bro. And I was thinking he deserved to win Album Of the Year. And the small box that we are of entertainers of the evening, how could you explain that?”
It seemed the feud was going strong when JT tweeted, “Kanye is so cute, y’all,” but the musician played off his comment as “jokes” and actually supported Kanye’s message – “Btw… I JUST watched my man ‘Ye’s FULL speech… He always has a point. And I support it. #truth,” he tweeted.
4. Kanye vs. J. Cole
J.Cole has always said that West is one of his idols, an important person in his life, and a huge inspiration for his career. “I’m such a Kanye West fan,” Cole told Vulture in 2010.
But apparently, Kanye hasn’t always felt that love from the Cole World rapper.
Kanye’s feud with J.Cole probably started when the latter purposely released his album Born Sinner to compete with the release of Yeezus.
“This is art, and I can’t compete against the Kanye West celebrity and the status that he’s earned just from being a genius. But I can put my name in the hat and tell you that I think my album is great and you be the judge and you decide,” he told MTV’s RapFix Live.
In 2018, The Breakfast Club’s Charlamagne tha God claimed that Kanye felt “like J.Cole is always dissing him in records”, referencing songs such as False Prophets and No Role Modelz.
He wasn’t lying.
“When he tell us he a genius, but it’s clearer lately. It’s been hard for him to look into the mirror lately / There was a time when this ni**a was my hero, maybe / That’s the reason why his fall from grace is hard to take,” Cole rapped in False Prophets.
While his No Role Modelz lyrics, “Now all I’m left with is ho*s from reality shows / Hand her a script, the b***h probably couldn’t read along”, made Yeezy assume this was a reference to his wife Kim Kardashian.
Apparently, West “didn’t say it in a malice way at all”, in-fact he was actually “laughing about it”.
However, Cole’s love for West was de-railed slightly when West called Cole privately to rectify their relationship, but when West posted evidence of this call on Twitter, Cole admitted that it made the call seem less sincere.
He told Angie Martinez, “That made me feel a certain type of way. I told him that. He apologized, for the record. I told him that it felt like you just used my name in that very quick conversation for social media and to keep your thing going or whatever you were doing. It felt like it wasn’t sincere because of that.”
Cole continued to release tracks which seemed to reference all kinds of disses towards West and in 2020 West demanded a public apology from Cole for his consistent bad-mouthing.
5. Kanye vs. 50 Cent
Kanye West’s beef with 50 Cent triggered when they dropped their third albums on the same day back in 2007. It was certainly a war of the charts.
Ye, the production legend-turned-all-star rapper, was set to drop Graduation on September 18th and 50, hip-hop’s infamous gangster rapper, was going to release Curtis on September 11th.
West being West bumped his release date to September 11th and immediately took the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 with huge opening-week sales.
We guess you could say that West was the ‘Champion’. But 50 Cent still held a grudge years later when he mocked Kanye’s Adidas clothing line, writing on Instagram, “What in the ‘spare some change’ type sh*t is this?”
6. Kanye vs. Wiz Khalifa
Kanye dated Amber Rose, Amber Rose then dated Wiz Khalifa, and then Wiz and Kanye came head-to-head on Twitter. Was this fight subliminally about their mutual flings with Amber?
Kanye believes he is a creative genius, in fact, he recently stated that he is the greatest artist to have ever existed. So, when he announced his album title as ‘Waves’ back in 2016, and Wiz tweeted that Max B had actually “Created the wave…There is no wave without him”, he did not take this well.
Wiz clearly accused Kanye of copying Max B and he responded with an abusive Twitter tirade accusing Khalifa of copying Kid Cudi, claiming that nobody listens to his music and that he “let a stripper” (AKA Amber Rose) “trap” him. What’s worse, he told Wiz that he “owned” his child.
Kanye soon deleted all of his tweets about Wiz and his family and apologized for his distasteful words.
“I really want to stress the amount of respect that I have for parents,” West told Steve Harvey’s morning radio show. “There is no concept of anyone beating up on someone else’s child or that type of concept. So every day I feel more deeply, deeply, deeply apologetic about that concept, because I only want to put out positive, positive, positive concepts.”
7. Kanye vs. Kris Jenner
Yep, Kanye and his, now ex mother-in-law, Kris Jenner, once went to war. Was this the cause for Kimye’s divorce? We sure bet it was!
During one of his Twitter rants, Ye posted a play on Kris’ name, comparing her to North Korea’s authoritarian leader Kim Jong Un, naming her “Kris Jong-Un”.
Kanye ran a rampage against Kris in a series of accusations on Twitter claiming that she had tried to get him “locked up” while he was trying to divorce his wife at the time –
“They [Kim and Kris] tried to fly in with 2 doctors to 51/50 me I been trying to get divorced since Kim met with Meek at the Warldolf for ‘prison reform’ I got 200 more to go. This my lady tweet of the night … Kris Jong-Un.”
Even though he continued his bizarre tweets by writing, “Kriss don’t play with me you and that calmye are not allowed around my children. Y’all tried to lock me up,” Kim came to Kris’ rescue and Kanye’s defense all at once.
She asked if the public would remain compassionate while West and the family dealt with his “painful” bipolar battle.
8. Kanye vs. Jay-Z
Kanye has never hidden the fact that Jay-Z is not only his idol, but his biggest competitor. West has dubbed their bond as a big brother/little brother relationship, but unfortunately, a lot has gone down within this particular ‘Family Business’…
West began the ‘Blame Game’ by admitting he was hurt when Beyonce and Jay-Z were no-shows at his and Kim K’s wedding.
He said, “I understand they were going through some things, but if it’s family, you’re not going to miss a wedding.” Although Bey did post an Instagram picture honoring the family on their special day, this just didn’t cut it for West.
The next big turning point in Ye and Hov’s relationship was when Kim was tragically robbed at gun point during Paris Fashion Week. Kanye was by her side, but didn’t fail to notice that Jay never checked in to see how the family were doing.
West confronted this during a show in Sacramento, calling Jay out, “Call me, bruh! You still ain’t calling me! JAY-Z, call me! Aye, bruh, I know you got killers, please don’t send them at my head! Just call me! Talk to me like a man!”.
What was is that caused Jay to go so cold towards his so-called brother? A close source revealed that “Jay can’t stand him [Kanye]”, admitting that “he looks at him as this crazy, eccentric motherfu**er”.
However, when Jay appeared on My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, he stated that West was not just his friend but his brother, saying, “Like literally, my little brother is Kanye. And like your little brother, things happen sometimes.”
In 2021 the famous artists collaborated once again on Ye’s track Jail, rapping the lyrics, “This might be the return of the Throne…”
Fans of the artists absolutely lost it, thanking the music gods that rap’s greatest duo had rekindled their brotherhood.
9. Kanye vs. Jimmy Kimmel
So, Jimmy Kimmel is a comedian and West is, as Jay allegedly described, an “eccentric” artist. So, these two were inevitably going to clash.
When Ye stated in an interview with BBC that he was the “biggest” rockstar in the world, Kimmel saw a wonderful opportunity for a parody sketch…and took it.
During the 2013 sketch, Kimmel joked, “Does Kanye West know he’s not supposed to be his own hype man?”
And then…you guessed it! Jimmy Kimmel became the target of Ye’s next classic series of Twitter outbursts where he called him “out of line” and said that “Sarah Silverman is a thousand times funnier than you”. His angry range of tweets can be seen below:
Anyway, Kimmel took the attention well. “I live for moments like that. When I got in a Twitter battle with Kanye, I was so happy,” Kimmel told GQ in February 2018. “My wife makes fun of me. She’s like, ‘You are so happy right now.’ I’m absolutely beaming. I feel very confident in a situation like that.”
10. Kanye vs. Deadmau5
The electronic musician Deadmau5, real name Thomas Zimmerman, is yet another celeb who was brave enough to call West out. If you remember how West reacted to Wiz, we’re sure you can guess where this is about to go…
Their beef began when West posted a picture on Twitter showing the site ‘Pirate Bay’ and a link to Deadmau5’s editing software ‘Serum’ open.
After spotting this, Deadmau5 accused Kanye of illegally downloading and being tight with cash. He tweeted, “What the fu*k @kanyewest … Can’t afford serum?”
He followed that up with, “Let’s start a Kickstarter to help @kanyewest afford a copy of Serum.”
And finished up with, “He needs a small loan of 200$ #prayforyeezy.”
Deadmau5 quickly became the next target for Ye’s upcoming Twitter rant, where he mocked his name and appearance. The rapper wrote, “is this person’s name pronounced dead-mow-five?…Do you do birthday parties?? My daughter loves Minnie mouse…”
11. Kanye vs. Kim Kardashian
We have to admit, we hated watching Kanye’s fight with Kim unfold. The former power couple were so well-suited, it sucks that they had to go their separate ways. And it sucks even more that they had a public feud over their children for everyone to see.
Following their divoirce in 2021, Kimye have been fighting over their children on social media. It all started when he took to Instagram to call out Kim for allowing their eight-year-old daughter North on Tik-Tok and to slam her parenting methods.
He wrote, “SINCE THIS IS MY FIRST DIVORCE I NEED TO KNOW WHAT I SHOULD DO ABOUT MY DAUGHTER BEING PUT ON TIK TOK AGAINST MY WILL ?”
Kim retaliated with a lengthy Instagram caption calling herself the “main provider and caregiver of our children”, and expressed sadness that Kanye was trying to make their “co-parenting relationship” impossible.
Ye then accused Kim of trying “to kid nap my daughter” after he wasn’t invited to Chicago’s 4th birthday. He wrote, “What do you mean by main provider ? America saw you try to kid nap my daughter on her birthday by not providing the address. You put security on me inside of the house to play with my son then accused me of stealing I had to take a drug test after Chicago’s party cause you accused me of being on drugs …”
Despite all the beef, it wasn’t long before Kanye started begging for Kim Kardashian back. In another Instagram post, he proclaimed that he had “FAITH” that he and Kim will be “BACK TOGETHER” and even sent her roses on Valentine’s Day.
12. Kanye vs. Billie Eilish
Billie Eilish was next to fall victim to Kanye’s brash attacks when he randomly took to Instagram asking the singer to “apologize” to Travis Scott. Eilish had recently stopped her concert when realizing that a fan was struggling to breathe and reportedly told the crowd, “I wait for people to be OK until I keep going.”
This was seen as a dig towards Travis Scott whose Astroworld concert left 10 people dead after he reportedly continued performing when the event was considered a “mass casualty event”. Kanye decided to launch an attack on Eilish, asking her to apologize for her comment, to which she replied, “literally never said a thing about Travis. was just helping a fan.”
13. Kanye vs. Pete Davidson
Call Kanye the bitter ex-husband if you will. Let’s just say he isn’t a fan of Kim’s new boyfriend, Pete Davidson (or shall we say “Skete”), as he hasn’t refrained from constantly attacking the SNL star on social media.
From rapping, “I can beat Pete Davidson’s ass”, to sharing this Marvel meme captioned, “THE INTERNET HAS STILL NOT FOUND A DECENT PICTURE OF SKETE,” Kanye has not been silent about his sour feelings towards Kim’s new man.
In a range of hateful Instagram posts, Ye even called Pete a “di**head”, “garbage” and “trash”, and shared screenshots of text messages from the actor which reassured Ye that he wasn’t getting involved with his and Kim’s children. Kanye captioned the snap, “NO YOU WILL NEVER MEET MY CHILDREN.”
The Donda artist even accused Pete of sending the late Mac Miller intimate photos of himself and (his ex) Ariana Grande, to stop them from getting back together; and later wrote on social media, “IF YOU SEE SKETE IN REAL LIFE SCREAM AT YHE LOOSER AT THE TOP OF YOUR LUNGS AND SAY KIMYE FOREVER.”
Pete has yet to respond to all of Kanye’s rants, but Kim did warn Kanye (through a series of leaked messages by Ye) to stop “creating a dangerous and scary environment” for Davidson, to which Kanye told the public, “UPON MY WIFE’S REQUEST PLEASE NOBODY DO ANYTHING PHYSICAL TO SKETE IM GOING TO HANDLE THE SITUATION MYSELF.”
14. Kanye vs. Kid Cudi
Kanye’s hatred for Pete runs so deep, that it’s affected his relationship with longtime friend and fellow rapper, Kid Cudi.
Alluding to Cudi’s friendship with Pete Davidson, Ye bashed Cudi in an Instagram post saying that the Mr. Rager artist “will not be on Donda because he’s friends with you know who…”
In response to hearing that his feature would be removed from Kanye’s upcoming album, Cudi commented, “Too bad I don’t wanna be on ur album u fu**in dinosaur hahaha”.
He later added on Twitter:
Kanye then shared a now-deleted Instagram post that featured a group photo with Kid Cudi and Davidson’s face crossed out with the caption, “I JUST WANTED MY FRIEND TO HAVE MY BACK THE KNIFE JUST GOES IN DEEPER”.
Well, we always wondered who the inspiration was behind West’s track, I Thought about Killing You. Maybe it was one of these 14 celebrities?
We don’t see Kanye being any calmer in the future, but he always manages to keep us entertained!
Do we think there will be a return of the Throne? Are Drake and West going to collaborate once more? Will Deadmau5 ever dress as Minnie Mouse for North’s birthday party? Let us know what you think!
There are sections of this article that were written by Angela Stephanou.