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Kanye West does it again with another legendary speech at the MTV Video Music Awards. The rapper took stage donning a white “Famous” tee as that track played in the background. In his speech, Kanye spoke from topic to topic, talking about the high murder rate in Chicago, calling P. Diddy his idol, and his aspirations to become artistically as great as Steve Jobs and Walt Disney. Watch his speech in full above and read the transcription below.
“I am Kanye West…and that feels really great to say, especially this year. I came here to present my new video. But before I do that, I’ma talk. Later tonight, “Famous” might lose to Beyonce but I can’t be mad. I’m also wishing for Beyonce 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. The audacity to put Anna Wintour right next to Donald Trump. I put Ray J in it, bruh [laughs]. This is fame, bro. 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 all in the same bed. Maybe different boats but, you know. If you think about last week there were 22 people murdered in Chicago. People come up to me like, ‘Yeah that’s right! Tell Taylor…’ Bro, I love all y’all. That’s why I called her.
I was speaking at the Art Institute last year, and one kid came up to me and he said, ‘Three of my friends died, and I don’t know if im gonna be the next.’ You have to think like, you know when you’re a senior and it’s the last month and you just don’t feel like doing any work. If you feel like you seeing people die right next to you, you might feel like what’s the point? Life could start to feel worthless in a way. I know times for me, I sit down and talk to older, rich people, a.k.a white…and my friend Sekiyah’ told me, ‘Bruh bruh don’t compare yourself to these people.’ It’s 3 keys to keep people impoverished: that’s taking away their esteem, taking away their resources, and taking away their role models. My role models are artist merchants. There are 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, my wife kim kardashian west, in front of future chance the rapper, 2 Chainz, Jaden Smith, bro. We are the influencers, the thought leaders. I’m going to play y’all a piece of my heart.”