Wow, this is very powerful.
Say what you want about Kayne West but his latest speech has really stuck a cord.
He joined Ellen on her show to chat about life as a father and life in general in the Kardashian-West household. While on the show he went on to give a seven-minute passionate speech about art, bullying and people’s perception of him.
He started by telling the audience that he needs more resources to help people, saying:
“I have ideas that can make the human race existence within our 100 years better. Period. F*** the paparazzi and whatever perception of me. Starting with the truth. Start there. Put some dope sh** with it.”
At first, Ellen seems to just be humouring him by asking him to explain what sort of “dope sh**” he’s referring to but then he launched into the passionate speech about his family and life and how he feels that he can make a difference in the world.
In part of it he says:
“They try to position it through the media in some way that I’m like… whatever your friends might say. I care about people. I care… my dad lived in a homeless shelters less than five years ago. He’s a psych major. My mom was the first black female chair of the English department at Chicago State University. I was raised to do something, to make a difference.”
As he gets deeper into his argument the audience begin to listen intently and you could almost hear a penny drop in studio. Even Ellen was silent, something that rarely happens.
“Are you connecting? Picasso is dead. Steve Jobs is dead. Walt Disney is dead. Name somebody living who you can name in the same breath as them. Don’t tell me about being likeable. We’ve got 100 years here. We’re one race. The human race. One civilization.
“We’re a blip in the existence of the universe, and we’re constantly trying to pull each other down. Not doing things to help each other. That’s my point. I’m shaking, talking about it. I know it’s daytime TV, but I feel I can make a difference while I’m here. I feel I can make things better through my skillset. I’m an artist.”
He goes on to talk about tackling the issue of bullying, referencing Michael Jackson as his inspiration:
“Michael Jackson and Russell Simmons is the reason why I was able to go so far in music. There was a time when Michael Jackson couldn’t get his video on MTV because he was considered to be ‘urban’. The Michael Jackson.
So I literally have to be Michael Jackson of apparel in order to break open the doors for everyone who will come after I’m gone. After I’m dead. After they call me ‘Wacko Kanye.’ Isn’t that so funny? That people point fingers at the people who have influenced us the most? They talk the most sh– about the people who cared the most?”
He concluded with an apology: “I’m sorry, daytime television, I’m sorry for the realness.”
It was a drop the mic moment which had the whole audience clapping.
Watch his speech here: