Before Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards, the network announced that it was giving rapper/visionary Kanye West four minutes to do whatever he wanted. The Internet was abuzz with speculation about what would happen — after all, it was at the VMAs in 2009 that West interrupted Taylor Swift and at the VMAs last year when he announced his candidacy for president.
Perhaps disappointingly, West's appearance at the 2016 VMAs didn't reach the heights of inspired lunacy he's capable of, but it was still pretty exciting. While introducing the video for his song "Fade," he gave a rambling speech that was alternately self-aggrandizing, socially conscious and flat-out weird.
Some highlights: He said he'd be happy to lose to Beyoncé, since he's always rooting for her to win (a reference to the time he interrupted Swift's acceptance speech to protest "Single Ladies" losing). He shouted out his ex-girlfriend Amber Rose and his wife Kim Kardashian West's ex-boyfriend Ray J. He bragged about having "the audacity to put Anna Wintour right next to Donald Trump" in his video for "Famous."
Then he abandoned that train of thought to talk about the epidemic of violence in his hometown of Chicago. Then he abandoned that to do the thing where he compares himself to Walt Disney and Steve Jobs. He yelled, "BROOOOOOO!"
When Kanye is focused, he's one of the most inspiring, magnetic speakers on the planet. When he's all over the place saying whatever nonsense pops into his mind, he's still pretty compelling, but he doesn't make as convincing a case for being the greatest artist of the 21st century as he does when he's, say, taking over Ellen.
Watch Kanye's full speech in the video above.