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Kanye West’s VMA Performance Featuring Pusha T – “Runaway”

Posted by T. Adeyemi on September 13, 2010

Truly the man of the hour last night, Kanye in many people’s opinion saved the night for MTV. Amongst the spectacle that is Lady Gaga  that was  paraded in front of the camera seemingly all night due to her eight victories, plus a night of suspect hosting by Chelsea Handler aka Chelsea Lately, Kanye’s star shined the brightest.

Kanye who more than likely had been awaiting this moment more than anyone prepared a new song especially for the VMA’s. As did his arch nemesis Taylor Swift, who performed earlier in the night. Kanye’s brashness and critical musical opinion has been well documented throughout his career. Which culminated with his interruption of Swift during her acceptance speech for Best Female Video at the 2009 VMA’s.

Without unearthing the argument over whether or not Kanye was right for what he did, or even if he was correct about Beyonce’s video being snubbed for the award. It is easy to see that at least in MTV’s eyes Kanye is the bigger draw than Swift. Everyone knows that the two biggest performances of the night are the opening act and the closing act. With Eminem taking the stage with Rihanna to start things off, that set the stage for either Swift or West to close things out. Apparently, MTV leaned in Kanye’s direction for more of an impact on the ending of the show.

Kanye’s performance highlighted two things about his music and his impact on not just the Hip Hop genre, but current day music in general. With nothing more than two mic stands, his beat maker, 3 ballerinas, and a guest appearance by Pusha T, Kanye had easily the most memorable performance of the night. Everything from his fire engine red outfit to his poignant lyrics gave the audience members and viewers everything they desired. In the essence of being cliché’ it was simply G.O.O.D. music

Without question there will be those who will say Kanye was immature for his lyrics and that he took the low road. But for most, especially those that chanted his name after the performance; he continues to say & do what most of us only think about saying & doing.

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–T. Adeyemi
“Be Real, Be True, Keep it 100.”

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