Jay-Z defended Kanye West to a British radio station, saying his outburst at the VMAs was 'rude,' but 'he didn't kill anybody.'
Fellow rapper Jay-Z told a British radio station that while West's now infamous interruption of Taylor Swift at MTV's Video Music Awards on Sunday was "rude" and "inappropriate at the time," his behavior didn't warrant the overwhelmingly negative backlash it received, according to bbc.co.uk.
"He didn't kill anybody," Jay-Z told the station, adding that West is "just a super-passionate person."
"Of course it was rude because it was (Swift's) moment, but that's the way he really felt. I think it was rude but the way they're treating him. He's on the cover of every paper. He didn't kill anybody. No one got harmed."
West drew the ire of music industry colleagues, fans and even President Obama when he jumped onstage during Swift's acceptance speech and grabbed the mic from her, telling the Radio City crowd that Beyonce - Jay-Z's wife - should have won the award for Best Female Video instead.
A contrite West later apologized.
Jay-Z, who collaborated with West on Jay-Z's new CD, "The Blueprint 3," is in England for a concert at Wembley Stadium this weekend.