Study a Transcript of Kanye West’s 4-Minute Monologue From the VMAs

Kanye West took the VMA stage Sunday night obtaining been offered 4 minutes to do no matter what he pleased — and given the rapper’s penchant for controversy, men and women anticipated anything revolutionary — even shocking. As a substitute, West announced ideas to debut a music video for “Fade,” but explained, “before I do that, I’ma speak.”

He covered a selection of subjects throughout a short speech, ranging from his recent feud with Taylor Swift to large murder rates in Chicago. He said people are stored in poverty in three distinct way, and named out older, wealthy white individuals for telling him not to assess himself to Steve Jobs or Walt Disney.
I am Kanye West, and that feels specially great to say this 12 months.

I came here to present my new video, but just before I do that, I’mma speak.

Now, later on tonight, ‘Famous’ may get rid of to Beyoncé, but I can’t be mad. I’m usually wishing for Beyoncé to win, so. But for men and women to recognize 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 place Anna Wintour proper up coming to Donald Trump. I mean, like, I place Ray J in it, bro. This is fame, bro! Like, I see you Amber. My wife is a G. Not a whole lot of peoples’ wives would allow them say that appropriate there. We came in excess of in the exact same boat. Now we all in the exact same bed. Nicely, maybe different boats, but uh. But if you consider about last week, there had been 22 people murdered in Chicago. You know, like, folks come up to me like, ‘Yeah, that’s right! Take Taylor!’ But bro, like, I really like all y’all. That is why I called her. So I was speaking at the Artwork Institute last year, and a child came up to me and said ‘Three of my friends died, and I do not know if I’m gonna be the upcoming.’

And it has to, you know you have to assume, like, when you are a senior and it’s the final month and you just do not come to feel like doing any additional perform. If you feel like you seeing persons dying right up coming to you, you might feel like, what’s the stage?

You know like daily life could be like, starting up to really feel worthless in a way. I know times for me, I sit down and speak to older, like, like, rich people. You know, a.k.a. white, you know. And they inform me, ‘Don’t compare by yourself to Steve Jobs.

Really don’t evaluate your self to Walt Disney,’ and my pal Zekiah[sp?] informed me… they tell me, ‘Don’t assess yourself to these persons, right.’

My buddy Zekiah [sp?] told me there is 3 keys to maintaining people impoverished: that’s taking away their esteem, taking away their resources, and taking away their function designs. My function designs are artists, merchants.

There is much less than ten that I can name in background. Truman. Ford. Hughes. Disney. Jobs. West. Bro. Bro! Tonight, we right here to have pleasurable. 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 long term: Opportunity the Rapper, 2 Chainz, Jaden Smith. Bro, we are undeniably the influence, the thought leaders.

I’m gonna perform y’all a piece of my art, and I just hope y’all have a great time. Play that.