Kanye West Just Explained His 'I'mma Let You Finish' Speech At 2009 VMAs
The music industry is infamously despicable for a litany of reasons that mostly relate to the exploitation of artists hungry for a shot at success.
According to Kanye West, another one of these reasons is "closet racism."
Wh-wh-whhaaa??? Outrageous! Is it "racist" to steal an entire culture's musical innovations for decades before beginning to award credit to said culture for its massive contributions to the art form?
Oh, it is? It's super racist? Oh, hmm, OK. Listening…
During an appearance on Steve Harvey's radio show on Tuesday, Yeezy suggested his oft-quoted “I'mma let you finish” moment at the 2009 VMAs allowed closet racists to express their hatred.
It's not about Kanye West. It's not about Taylor Swift… I'm not gonna mention no politicians' names, I'm just saying that there's a lot of people in America that feel like they now have the platform to stand up and express their closet racism. Before they had that platform, one really easy way to express it was to say, 'Eff Kanye West' … They had already marked what that award was gonna be that night. They ain't expect no activist that had just lost his mama a year later, sitting there with a bottle of Hennessy. The only reason why I drank the Hennessy in the first place is because I said, 'I'mma just have to get drunk to deal with all the lies I'm about to see.'
Kanye West might not always have the answers. In fact, reading his cryptic Twitter rants can make most of us feel like we're “The Imitation Game”-level decoders.
Sometimes, though, he says something so pointed everyone suddenly remembers why we collectively look the other way when he shows up to one of the most heavily photographed events of the year dressed like a character from “Saved by the Bell.”
Watch the video above to hear the full interview, including some of Ye's really lovely reflections on the cultural impact of wife Kim Kardashian West.