After enduring a five hour delay in sweltering heat for the Yeezy 4 presentation at NYFW, where models in all-too-familiar Capezio looks fainted under the sun and got hobbled by their heels, the fashion editors of the world really let Kanye have it. You know it's bad when the words "tragicomic" and "total disaster" are deployed. Last night, at his Saint Pablo tour stop in Washington D.C., Kanye took a minute (or 15) to defend his embattled collection, and build himself back up, using the only method that ever truly works: Kanye lyrics.

Watch the video and read the transcript below...

"If y'all don't mind, I have to be selfish for a second. I have to say that, today I needed to hear these songs. I needed to rehear the lyrics that I was saying or that I was feeling at the time. When I wrote these songs, I had to overcome these controversies or whatever happens in life.
*Begins rapping 'Black Skinhead'*
At the top floor they gone come to kill King Kong
Middle America packed in
Came to see me in my black skin
Number one question they're askin'
Fuck every question you askin'

You see what I'm sayin, like... Bro. I'm feeling like the Cavs right now. Last year when Kyrie got hurt. You know what I'm talking about? The fashion show yesterday. That's what I'm talking about. Because I want y'all to look at it with your eyes and not your ears. When you the Lebron, and you don't bring home that ring, it's your fault. You could have scored 70. Every one of these lines means so much - if I could be selfish - every line means so much to me right now. It's exactly what I need to hear. I needed to hear me today. "
*Begins rapping 'Power'*

I'm living in that 21st Century, doing something mean to it
Do it better than anybody you ever seen do it
Screams from the haters, got a nice ring to it
I guess every superhero need his theme music

Whatever his foibles, we are all so lucky to have Kanye in our lives. And so is Kanye.

[h/t Fader]

Splash image: Billy Farrel/BFA

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