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Kanye West appears in a scene from his 2010 short film Runaway. - Provided courtesy of Def Jam

Kanye West rant: 'People look at me like I'm Hitler'

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08/08/2011 by Carollyn Nguyen

During a recent appearance in the U.K., Kanye West went on a rant about being misunderstood, saying sometimes he feels like Adolf Hitler.

"I walk through the hotel and I walk down the street, and people look at me like I'm (expletive) insane, like I'm Hitler," the singer said at the U.K.'s Big Chill music festival Saturday night, according to the Associated Press.

The 34-year-old rapper received light boos from the audience as a result.

West is known for his outspokenness, most notably when he went onstage at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards during Taylor Swift's acceptance speech for best female video and said Beyonce should have won instead. He also stirred controversy in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 when he said "George Bush doesn't care about black people."

The performer, who started his set half an hour late, also defended his music video for "Monster." The video receive criticism for featuring cannibalism and girls hanging from their necks.

"Who saw the video before it got banned, before they took it down and before women's groups starting saying that a person that lost the most important woman in his life is now against women in some way?" West reportedly asked, referring to the death of his mother Donda West.

The rapper had a close relationship his mother, who died in 2007 of complications from cosmetic surgery.

West ended the show on a positive note with a tribute to the late Amy Winehouse, who died July 23 at her home in London. West played parts of Winehouse's songs and ended his performance by asking the media to "lighten up on all your artists that are still here."

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