One moment that everyone was waiting for last night was whatÂ Kanye WestÂ was going to do forÂ four minutesÂ while onstage at theÂ 2016 MTV Video Music Awards.Â
Knowing for speaking his opinion, fans were wondering to see if West was going to address his “Famous” music video, BeyoncÃ©, his wifeÂ Kim Kardashian West,Â or even his candidacy for the 2020 presidential election.
Kanye not only mentioned a few of these things, but also dropped a music video for his new song “Fade” withÂ Teyana Taylor.Â Read the transcript from Kayne’s speech and watch the video for “Fade” below.
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I am Kanye West, and that feels especially great to say this year. I came here to present my new video, but before I do that, I’mma talk. Now, later tonight, ‘Famous’ might lose to BeyoncÃ©, but I canâ€™t be mad. I’m always wishing for BeyoncÃ© to win, so.
But for people to understand just how blessed we are… It 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, like, I put Ray J in it, bro. This is fame, bro! Like, I see you Amber. My wife is a G. Not a lot of peoples’ wives would let them say that right there. We came over in the same boat. Now we all in the same bed. Well, maybe different boats, but uh.
But if you think about last week, there were 22 people murdered in Chicago. You know, like, people come up to me like, ‘Yeah, that’s right! Take Taylor!’ But bro, like, I love all y’all. That’s why I called her.
So I was speaking at the Art Institute last year, and a kid came up to me and said â€˜Three of my friends died, and I donâ€™t know if Iâ€™m gonna be the next.â€™ And it has to, you know you have to think, like, when youâ€™re a senior and itâ€™s the last month and you just donâ€™t feel like doing any more work. If you feel like you seeing people dying right next to you, you might feel like, whatâ€™s the point? You know like life could be like, starting to feel worthless in a way. I know times for me, I sit down and talk to older, like, like, rich people. You know, a.k.a. white, you know. And they tell me, ‘Don’t compare yourself to Steve Jobs. Don’t compare yourself to Walt Disney,’ and my friend ZekiahÂ [sp?]Â told me… they tell me, ‘Don’t compare yourself to these people, right.’ My friend ZekiahÂ [sp?]Â told me there’s three keys to keeping people impoverished: that’s taking away their esteem, taking away their resources, and taking away their role models. My role models are artists, merchants. There’s less than ten that I can name in history. Truman. Ford. Hughes. Disney. Jobs. West.
Bro. Bro! Tonight, we 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 y’all have a good time. Play that.