Read Kanye West's wide-ranging MTV VMAs speech
“We are undeniably the influence, the thought leaders.”
“We are undeniably the influence, the thought leaders…“
Kanye West took advantage of his reported carte blanche by the MTV staff and took the opportunity to not only debut the visual that everyone will be talking about this week, but also deliver a wide-ranging stream of consciousness.
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He touched on the misconception behind his “Famous” music video and the gun violence plaguing his hometown of Chicago. Although he was there to give the world premiere of “Fade,” West’s passionate speech was a true highlight.
Read ‘Ye’s get-up-and-go stream of motivation below:
“Now, later tonight, “Famous” might lose to Beyoncé, but I can’t be mad. I’m always wishing for Beyoncé to win. So 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. You know, just to put… the audacity to put Anna Wintour right next to Donald Trump. I mean, I put Ray J in there bro! This is fame, bro! Like, I see you Amber (camera pans to Amber Rose) my wife is a G for letting me do that.
“We came over in the same boat, now we’re all in the same bed. Well, maybe different boats. If you think about last week, there was 22 people murdered in Chicago. You know, like, people come up to me like, ‘Man, that’s right… Take Taylor [Swift]? I love all 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. You have to think, when you’re a senior and you don’t feel like doing any more work. 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, like, rich people — a.k.a white — and, uh, they tell me, “Don’t compare yourself to Steve Jobs. Don’t compare yourself to Walt Disney.” And my friend [J. Sakiya Sandifer], tells me, don’t compare yourself to these people. 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. My role models are artists, merchants. 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. Jaden 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.“