Kanye West was given the chance to settle some scores at last nights MTV Video Music Awards. The controversial rapper took to the stage to present the new music video for his song ‘Fade’, but spent over four minutes explaining his ‘Famous’ video, talking about the future of hip hop and generally displaying his bizarre messiah complex.
West began: “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, Imma talk.”
The 39 year old released a music video for ‘Famous’ on June 24 via Tidal. The video garnered probably the most press attention of any music video in the last decade, and sparked a huge row between West and fellow artist Taylor Swift.
‘Famous’ features a number of synthetic models of celebrities sleeping in a huge bed in what looks like the aftermath of an orgy. The video is supposedly based on Vincent Desiderio’s painting ‘Sleep’.
West said of the video: “Now, later tonight ‘Famous’ might lose to Beyoncé, but I can’t be mad because I’m always wishing for Beyoncé to win.” “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 next to Donald Trump. I mean, I put Ray-J in there. This is fame, bro. Like — I see you, Amber (Rose). My wife is a G — not a lot of people’s wives would say 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…”
The speech took an even more bizarre turn when West began to compare himself to some of the worlds great technological innovators such as Henry Ford and Steve Jobs.
West stated: “They tell me, don’t compare yourself to these people, right. My friend told me there’s three keys to keeping people impoverished: 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.”