Kanye West under fire over 'wheelchair rant'

The rapper halted his Sydney performance because two fans weren't standing, one of whom was in a wheelchair.

Kanye West. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG -In the memorable words of US President Barack Obama describing Kanye West: " He's a Jackass."

Obama made the offhand remark after the rapper infamously interrupted Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2009.

Known for his demanding behaviour and dramatic onstage tirades, West upset concert goers in Sydney at the weekend when, in the middle of his show, he apparently refused to continue singing until every single audience member stood up.

He pointed out two people specifically, one of whom was in a wheelchair.

"I can't do this show until everybody stand up. Unless you got a handicap pass and you get special parking and s**t."

He noted that there were literally only two people in the audience who weren't on their feet. After one of them waved her prosthetic leg at him he said, "Okay, you're fine."

While addressing the other person who was still seated, West said, "This is the longest I've had to wait to do a song, it's unbelievable, if he's in a wheelchair then its fine. Only if he's in a wheelchair."

West then sent over a bodyguard to check that the fan was indeed disabled.

Without apology, West then jumped straight back into his song_ Good Life _as if nothing out of the ordinary had occurred.

Below are some of West's most infamous quotes:

"I think what Kanye West is going to mean is something similar to what Steve Jobs means. I am undoubtedly, you know, Steve of Internet, downtown, fashion, culture. Period. By a long jump."

"I want to be as unrealistic as possible. The worst thing about me comparing myself to Steve Jobs in that it's too realistic of an idea. What I need to stay is I'm more like Willy Wonka."

"I am God's vessel. But my greatest pain in life is that I will never be able to see myself perform live."

"I feel like I'm too busy writing history to read it."

"I am Warhol. I am the No. 1 most impactful artist of our generation. I am Shakespeare in the flesh."

"When someone comes up and says something like, 'I am a God,' everybody says 'Who does he think he is?' I just told you who I thought I was. A God. I just told you."

"When I think of competition it's like I try to create against the past. I think about Michelangelo and Picasso, you know, the pyramids."