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Jay-Z defends 'passionate' Kanye
Jay-Z and Kanye West
Kanye West worked on Jay-Z's new album

Rapper Jay-Z has defended "super passionate" Kanye West for his outburst at Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards.

West, 32, interrupted Taylor Swift's award speech to tell the crowd her award for best female video should have gone to Jay-Z's wife, Beyonce.

Speaking to Radio 1's Jo Whiley, Jay-Z said West's behaviour had been "rude" but added: "He didn't kill anybody".

West has since apologised to Swift, but President Barack Obama called him a "jackass" in an off-the-cuff comment.

Jay-Z did concede the incident had been "inappropriate at the time". But, as West's former mentor, he added: "He's just a super-passionate person".

The 39-year-old, who will support Coldplay at Wembley Stadium this weekend, said: "Of course it was rude because it was her 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."

Jay-Z and Kanye West recently teamed up on Jay-Z's new album The Blueprint 3.

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