Kanye West delivered a seven-minute smack down of white privilege and a peace offering to Taylor Swift while on stage at the MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden. Photo: CHRIS PIZZELLOWhat a difference a year makes huh.
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At the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards Kanye West suggested he would consider running for the top job in the White House in 2020.

The rapper used his speech, while accepting the Video Vanguard award, to declare his political aspirations, despite also saying: “I’m not no politician, bro.”

Cut to this year’s awards and the self-described “artist-merchant” is already sounding more presidential than the Republican nominee for the 2016 election – Donald Trump.

West, the Paul Keating of his era thanks to his predilection for oration, took the stage at this year’s show to introduce his new music video for Fade and was granted four minutes of uninterrupted coverage by MTV.

The result was a seven-minute smack down of white privilege and a peace offering to Taylor Swift.

“You know, like people come up to me, like man, that’s right take Taylor down – bro, I love all of y’all. That’s why I called her. So I was speaking at the Art Institute last year and one kid came up to me and said, ‘three of my friends died and I don’t know whether I’m going to be the next’ … If you’re seeing people die next to you, life might start to feel worthless in a way,” he said.

He then, once again, compared himself to the greatest innovators and disruptors of all time.

“I sit down and talk to older, rich people, aka ‘white’, you know, and they tell me: ‘Don’t compare yourself to Steve Jobs, don’t compare yourself to Walt Disney’.

“My friend told me: ‘There are three keys to keeping people impoverished: taking away their esteem, taking away their resources, and taking away their role models’. My role models are artist-merchants. Less than 10 I can name in history. Truman, Ford, Hughes, Disney, Jobs, West.”

West then rattled off his potential list of advisors, including, his wife Kim Kardashian West, a rapper by the name of 2 Chainz and his ex-girlfriend Amber Rose.

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