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Kanye West Rambles At MTV VMAs, Compares Himself To Jobs, Disney and Ford

Kanye West compared himself to Walt Disney, Steve Jobs, Howard Hughes, Harry Truman and Henry Ford before unveiling his new video at Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards.

West described himself and wife Kim Kardashian (photosKim Kardashian photos) as "thought leaders" in a rambling speech that included a defense of his 'Famous' video, rift with Taylor Swift (photosTaylor Swift photos) and even covered violence.

West said his 'Famous' music video was "an expression of our fame right now... the audacity to put Anna Wintour next to Donald Trump... I put Ray J in it, bro. I see you, Amber Rose."

"People come up to me like, 'Man, that's right. Take down Taylor.' Bro, I love all y'all. That's why I called her," he said.

"So I was speaking at the Art Institute last year and one kid came up to me, and he said, 'Three of my friends died and I don't know if I'll be the next.' You know like when you're a senior and it's the last month and you just don't feel like doing any more work. If you feel like you're see people dying next to you, you might feel like what's the point."

"Life can start to feel worthless. I sit down and talk to older, rich people and they tell me, 'Don't compare yourself to Jobs; don't compare yourself Disney.' My friend told me... There's three keys to keeping people impoverished. That's taking away their esteem, taking away their resources and taking away their role models."

"My role models are artists, merchants, there's less than 10 that I can name in history: Truman, Ford, Hughes, Disney, Jobs, West. Tonight we're here to have fun... We are undeniably the influence -- the thought leaders."

August 29, 2016 |

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