Kanye West was given four minutes to say whatever he wanted at the MTV VMA and it was as epic as we predicted.
Remember last year, Kanye took the time allotted for his speech to share his interest in running for the office of the United States president in 2020. This year, he mentioned himself while naming his icons such as Harrison Ford, Walt Disney, Steve Jobs and of course, West.
The rapper also gave a shout-out to his ex-girlfriend, Amber Rose and called Puff Daddy his legend.
Read West’s speech transcript
I am Kanye West, and that feels really great to say it especially this year. I came here to present my new video, but before I do that, imma talk.
Later tonight, Famous might lose to Beyonce but I can’t be mad, I am always wishing for Beyonce to win, so.
People should understand just how blessed we are.
It was an expression of our now, our fame right now, us on the inside of the TV, the audacity to put Anna Wintour next to Donald Trump. 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 peoples’ wives would let them say that. We came over in the same boat now we are all in the same bed. Maybe different boats, but uh, you know.
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 ‘Three of my friends died, and I don’t know if I’m gonna be the next.’ And it has to, you know you have to think, like, when you’re a senior and it’s the last month and you just don’t feel like doing any more work.
If you feel like you seeing people dying right next to you, you might feel like, what’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 Zekiah told me, they tell me, ‘Don’t compare yourself to these people, right.’ My friend Zekiah 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.