Kanye West is many things: rapper, record producer, songwriter, fashion designer, and – if his infamous speech at the 2015 VMA’s is to be taken seriously – a future presidential candidate. Kanye West also goes by different nicknames: Ye, Yeezy, and Yeezus.
Yeezus is all that, but one thing he is not is a stand-up comedian – at least not until I saw this video by David Elmaleh showing a recut version of the infamous acceptance speech Kanye West delivered at the 2015 VMA’s.
Now let’s backtrack a bit. As previously reported by Pitchfork, Kanye West’s long-winded and painfully awkward speech had him going on a diatribe about award shows, creativity, and – to the shock of everyone – his plans to run for President in 2020. He also mentioned how Justin Timberlake’s loss for the Album of the Year at the Grammys in 2009 urged him to get up on stage and defend Beyoncé.
“I still don’t understand award shows,” Kanye West added.
Other memorable quotes from Kanye include “I will die for the art, for what I believe in” and “We not gonna control our kids with brands.”
Additionally, West admitted that “he rolled up a little something” to “knock the edge off,” which explains the rambling (he mentioned the word “bro” enough times to warrant a new drinking game) and the incessant hand gestures during his acceptance speech.
What made Kanye West’s rants even more confusing and bizarre is that it provided a stark contrast to Taylor Swift’s presentation speech for him, which was filled with nothing but praise for the “Jesus Walks” singer. The whole affair was so painful and awkward you almost wish another Kanye West would go up on stage to interrupt him.
Be that as it may, it provided good material for video-editing wizards like David Elmaleh to work their magic. And the result was so hilarious and masterful you’d wish he would win an award for it.
The video has gone viral and rightly so. For one, Kanye’s recent stunt is already funny in its own right. But David took it a bit further by making the necessary cuts and adding laugh tracks wherever they may fit, thus creating a hilarious video that makes Kanye West look like he’s doing a genuine stand-up routine.
David Elmaleh’s video isn’t the only edited Kanye West VMA speech video going its rounds across social media. Another hilarious video shows Kanye West’s VMA speech mashed with the Seinfeld song. Given the context of everything Kanye West said at the VMA’s, the speech oddly makes more sense with that song added into it.
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