Kanye West is the guy that everybody loves to hate.
He first stepped into the spotlight for all the right reasons—for his contributions to humanity. He shot to stardom through expressing powerful truths that resonated with people—truths about black struggle in songs like “Two Words,” about tragedy to triumph in songs like “Through The Wire,” about materialism in songs like “All Falls Down,” and about the dark-side of fame in songs like “Power.”
The rapper, producer, singer, and songwriter won twenty-one Grammys for his dark, beautiful, unforgettable, and popular platinum albums.
Since then, West has stayed one of the most talked about celebrities for negative reasons—for his out-of-control controversial moments rather than his talents:
- In 2005, He called out the then president of the United States George W. Bush on national television for not caring about black people.
- In 2009, He snatched the microphone from Taylor Swift during her MTV Video Music Award speech for Best Female Video to ruin her moment by announcing that her competitor Beyoncé “had one of the best videos of all time.”
- During the moments after his epic VMA interruption of Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech, President Barack Obama famously responded by saying that Kanye was “a jackass.”
- At the 57th annual Grammys this year, he claimed that Beck—who had just won the award for Album Of The Year—“should have given his award to Beyoncé.”
- And at the most recent MTV VMAs show earlier this summer, he delivered an epic 13-minute acceptance speech that ended with an announcement of his plans to run for president in 2020:
“I don’t know what I finna lose after this. It don’t matter, though; It’s not about me. It’s about ideas. New ideas. People with ideas. People who believe in truth,” West said. “And yes, as you probably could’ve guessed by this moment, I have decided in 2020 to run for president.”
Whether it’s for positive reasons or negative, Kanye has constantly been the center of our attention since he came onto the scene in 2004. His greatest quality (the quality that makes Kanye, Kanye) is his tendency to always speak or express—whether it’s in his music or in his epic moments of outspoken controversy—what he feels is the truth.
Kanye West always speaks his truth.
That characteristic brutal and raw honesty has gotten Kanye in some trouble at times when speaking his mind to the world felt a little uncalled for. But on the flipside, there have been lots of other moments when Kanye has dropped some gems on us—moments when Yeezy made some sharp points about what’s actually going on in our world.
His heartfelt 13-minute acceptance speech at the VMAs this summer may have been a sign of good things to come. Because never has Kanye dropped more gems on us than in a speech published on Facebook by MontReality two days ago about his thoughts on what’s wrong with the world and what we as a collective can do to fix it.
In a rare moment of non-cocky laidback honesty, Yeezy delivered a powerful five minute speech where he shed his ego for once and laid out what’s gone wrong with humanity and what he thinks we should do to fix our worst problems.
As much as everyone glorifies material wealth, power, and fame, Kanye explains that time is more valuable than anything else:
“Time is the only luxury. It’s the only thing you can’t get back.” –Kanye West
And probably the biggest point of his speech is that society has taught us to separate ourselves by race, class, gender, age, religion, sexuality, and countries. But at the end of the day, we’re all one. Those separations don’t actually exist because we’re all one:
“This concept of the selfish human. This idea of separation by race or gender or religion or age or my favorite thing to hate class. . . . A band of thinkers that can remove religion, race, gender, and politics and somehow come together to find solutions for a broken planet. . . . People ask me how my daughter is doing. She is only doing good if you’re daughter is doing good. We’re all one family. Like literally. Last names aside, we’re all one family. And we have the ability to approach our race like ants, or we have the ability to approach our race like crabs. . . . Imagine if everyone’s main focus. . . . was to help someone else.” –Kanye West
Now before you write this off as just another one of Kanye’s egocentric rants, I want you to imagine what your reaction to this speech would be if these words didn’t come out of Kanye’s mouth. How would you react if someone other than Kanye delivered this speech?
Hearing Kanye talk about us coming together to help each other as a family isn’t just a step forward for Kanye, it’s a step forward for the human race.
Because as one of the world’s hugest celebrities, Kanye has a bigger platform than almost anybody for spreading positive values to the masses. And if this speech is a sign of things to come, West is going to be in the spotlight much more often for his positive moments as opposed to those aggressive outbursts that we’ve all come to know him for.
So the way I see it, with this short five-minute-long speech, Kanye West Just Proved Why He Deserves Our Attention.
Because we live in a world that desperately needs leaders who are willing to speak truth to the people.
And no one does that better than Kanye West.
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