We have access to the transcript of Kanye’s deposition in the case where he was accused of beating a photo guy and smashing his camera.
As you would imagine, Kanye is very opinionated and made sure that was felt in his statements. He said, “I’m the smartest celebrity you’ve ever f***ing dealt with. I’m not Britney Spears.”
He continued, “We, as group of minorities here in L.A., as celebrities have to ban together to influence guys like this — guys trying to take the picture, guys trying to get the big win, guys trying to get the check.” Kanye explains to Nate Goldberg, the photographer’s lawyer, “I’m in the business of trying to make dope s**t for the world. You’re in the business of representing scums and trying to make as much money as long as there’s this lapse in the law.”
Golberg than proceeded to homer at Kanyes history of prejudice against paparazzi, citing lyrics from his track “Flashing Lights.” “Till I get flashed by the paparazzi, damn, these ni**as got me,” the lawyer quoted. Kanye was NOT very happy with that! He responded saying “You have to ask for a hall pass. You can’t just say the ‘n’ word around me. It offends me because you’re a white person saying ‘ni**a.'” NOT Cool lawyer man!!!
The deposition is full of Kanye’s sarcasm. When the lawyer asks where he lives, Kanye replies, “Earth.”