All eyes were on Kanye West at the VMAs. The G.O.O.D. Music mogul, who was given four minutes to do whatever he wanted at Sunday’s show, stepped to the mic as the crowd at Madison Square Garden looked on with anticipation. And in true Kanye fashion, he delivered an epic speech and premiered his new video for “Fade,” a cut off of The Life of Pablo, starring Teyana Taylor.
The sensual clip featured G.O.O.D. Music’s First Lady dancing in a gymnasium in barely any clothes, sweating from every pore to the cut that features Post Malone and Ty Dolla $ign. At the end, Taylor hit the shower with her husband Iman Shumpert and turned into a cat-woman surrounded by sheep.
With his wife Kim Kardashian West in attendance, he addressed the crowd in classic Kanye form. “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. Now, later tonight, ‘Famous’ might lose to Beyoncé, but I can’t be mad. I’m always wishing for Beyoncé 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, the audacity to put Anna Wintour right next to Donald Trump… I mean, I put Ray J in it bro. This is fame, bro.”
He also shouted out Amber Rose. “I see you Amber,” said ‘Ye to his ex-girlfriend, who nodded from her seat.
‘Ye went on to call his wife a “G” and acknowledge the ongoing murders in Chicago (“It was 22 people murdered in Chicago”). He also addressed his spat with Taylor Swift (“People come up to me like, ‘Man, that’s right! Take Taylor!’ Bro, I love all y’all. That’s why I called her.”)
He also shouted out some of his influencers. “My role models are artist merchants. There are less than 10 I can name in history. Truman, Ford, Hughes, Disney, Jobs, West,” he said.
Puff Daddy, Chance the Rapper, 2 Chainz, and Jaden Smith also received shout-outs. “We are undeniably the influence, the thought leaders,” he said. “I’m going to play y’all a piece of my art and I hope you have a good time.”