Our lord and saviour Yeezus received the Video Vanguard Award at the 2015 MTV VMAs, and Taylor Swift did the honours of handing over the trophy, without an ounce of bitterness between the two. The guys over at Complex transcribed his ensuing epic speech, which ended with the conclusion that he would indeed be running for president in 5 years. We knew about his beef with Barack, but it looks like he’s serious. If Donald Trump can do it, why not? Check out some of the best quotes below, see the full transcript here, or watch the whole thing yourself in the gallery above.
On Taylor Swift giving him the award:
“I often think back to the first day I met you also. I think about when I’m in the grocery store with my daughter and I have a really great conversation about fresh juice at the… you know. And at the end they say, “Oh you’re not that bad after all. And like, I think about it sometimes it crosses my mind a little bit when I go to a baseball game and 60,000 people boo me. It crosses my mind a little bit.”
On reliving that VMAs moment:
“And I think if i had to do it all again—what would I have done? Would I have worn a leather shirt? Would I have drank half a bottle of Hennessy and given the rest of it to the audience? Y’all know you drank that bottle, too. If I had a daughter at that time would I have went on stage and grabbed the mic from someone else’s? You know, this arena tomorrow is gonna be a completely different set up—some concert… This stage will be gone. After that night, the stage was gone but the effect that it had on people remained.”
On Justin Timberlake not winning a Grammy for FutureSex/LoveSounds:
“Justin I’m not trying to put you on blast but I saw that man in tears, bro. And I was thinking he deserved to win album of the year. And the small box that we are of entertainers of the evening, how could you explain that?”
On what he’ll do for art:
“I will die for the art for what I believe in and the art ain’t always gonna be polite. Y’all might be thinking right now, “I wonder did he smoke something before he came out here?” And the answer is yes, I rolled up a little something, I knocked the edge off. I don’t know what’s gonna happen tonight what’s gonna happen tomorrow bro but all I can say to my artists is just worry about how you feel at the time. I’m confident I believe in myself. We the millenials bro. This is a new mentality.”
On his presidential run:
“Yes, as you probably could’ve guessed by this moment I have decided in 2020 to run for president.”
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