Kanye West last night at the MTV Video Music Awards showed just why he is Kanye as he gave a speech to premier his new video.
He gave shout outs to his wife Kim K, his ex girlfriend Amber Rose, Ray J- who starred in a popular sex tape with his wife years ago and then called out Taylor Swift- who smartly avoided turning up at the star studded event despite being nominated.
Introducing his very racy video for track Fade, Kanye reminded the VMA’s crowd that they are the blessed ones while simultaneously weighing into the issue of gun violence.
With the crowd chanting Yeezus, the rap star said: ‘I am Kanye West and it feels really great to say that – especially this year. I came here to present my new video but before I do that I’m going to talk.’
‘For people to understand just how blessed we are, Famous was an expression of our now, our fame right now, us on the inside of the TV… I had the audacity to put Anna Wintour right next to Donald Trump.’
Kanye then made a few jokes making reference to his wife’s sex tape partner Ray J and Amber Rose.
‘I mean, I put Ray J in there bro! This is fame, bro! Like, I see you Amber. My wife is a G! Not a lot of people’s wives would let them say that. We came over in the same boat, now we’re all in the same bed. Well, maybe different boats, but, if you think about last week, there was 22 people murdered in Chicago.’
‘People come up to me like, ”Man, that’s right, take Taylor down,” – Bro, I love all of y’all. That’s why I called her.
‘So I was speaking at the Art Institute last year and one kid came up to me and said ”Three of my friends died and I don’t know if I’m going to be next.”
‘If you’re seeing people dying next to you you might think, what’s the point? Life can start to feel worthless in a way. I know times for me, I sit down and talk to older, like, rich people, you know? A.K.A. White. And they tell me don’t compare yourself to Steve Jobs. Don’t compare yourself to Walt Disney.
‘My friend [J. Sakiya Sandifer] told me there’s three keys to keeping people impoverished; taking away their esteem, their resources, and their role models.’
Kanye then said his ‘role models are artists, merchants’ and he is one of his own role models.
‘There’s less than 10 I can name in history – Truman, Ford, Hughes, Disney, Jobs, West.’
‘Tonight, we’re here to have fun! I’m standing in front of my idol Puff Daddy. I’m standing in front of my wife Kim Kardashian-West. I’m standing in front of the future, Chance the Rapper. 2 Chainz. Jayden Smith. Bro, we are undeniably the influence, the thought leaders. I’m gonna play y’all a piece of my art and I just hope you all have a good time.’
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