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Kanye West Cancels Rest Of Tour After Backlash Against Stage Rants

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There will be no more stops on Kanye West's Saint Pablo tour, according to the Live Nation spokesman Victor Trevino. No reason was provided, but it follows a series of rants from the stage in which the rap star criticized Beyonce, Jay Z, Hillary Clinton and the radio industry.

The diatribes began on Thursday, when West told an audience in San Jose, CA, that he would have voted for Donald Trump, if he had voted. That began a weekend of backlash and criticism against the rapper as he repeated those sentiments at his show on Saturday in Sacramento. West, who has a history of outbursts and complaints about other artists and politicians, stopped during his third song to speak for 17 minutes then left the stage.

Some booed, others heckled and several people cheered. But he continued:

"I ain't here to massage you with the fake truth," West said. "The vibes is back."

A number of concertgoers captured West's latest antics, including Matt Guillermo:

West addressed what he called the "radio game," complaining that certain artists like Drake get played, but others like Frank Ocean do not. He talked about racism in America, and also called out DJ Khaled, Jay Z and Beyoncé.

Kanye also told Hillary Clinton to get over losing the presidency.

"It's a new world Hillary Clinton, it's a new world," said West. "Feelings matter. Because guess what? Everybody in middle America felt a way and they showed you how they felt."

Ticket prices for a Saint Pablo concert ranged from $29 to $480, depending on the venue. Those who attended the Sacramento show will be refunded by the outlets where they purchased the tickets.

The Forum in L.A confirmed that West would not be performing on Sunday just three hours before the show. West's scheduled appearance in L.A. was supposed to make up for his Nov. 3 show, which he ended early but because he lost his voice.

The outbursts are just the latest for the performer who has himself expressed interest in running for president in 2020. West is known for his infamous off-the-cuff remarks on multiple platforms, including a backstage rant on Saturday Night Live earlier this year. But he's best known for interrupting Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at the 2009 VMAs to protest her win. And in 2005, West went off-script during a telethon for Hurricane Katrina victims to criticize then-President George W. Bush.

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