Kanye’s VMA Speech Could’ve Used A Good Editor

So rumor has it, MTV gave Kanye West license to do whatever he wanted with his 4 minutes onstage last night. And in typical ‘Ye style, he used it to make what was supposed to be an inspirational speech.

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Exceeeeeeeept… something got lost in translation. While Kanye started to tell a few stories, or seemed to have a good point to make, he never actually completed those thoughts. He seems to be referencing his Famous video – although he never tells us that’s what he’s doing – and his ill-fated call to Taylor Swift.

Check out the full transcript, courtesy of Time Magazine:

I am Kanye West, and that feels especially great to say this year. I came here to present my new video, but before I do that, I’mma talk. Now, later tonight, ‘Famous’ might lose to Beyoncé, but I can’t be mad. I’m always wishing for Beyoncé to win, so.

But for people to understand just how blessed we are… It was an expression of our now, our fame right now, us on the inside of the TV. You know, just to put… the audacity to put Anna Wintour right next to Donald Drumpf. I mean, like, I put Ray J in it, bro. This is fame, bro! Like, I see you Amber. My wife is a G. Not a lot of peoples’ wives would let them say that right there. We came over in the same boat. Now we all in the same bed. Well, maybe different boats, but uh.

But if you think about last week, there were 22 people murdered in Chicago. You know, like, people come up to me like, ‘Yeah, that’s right! Take Taylor!’ But bro, like, I love all y’all. That’s why I called her.

So I was speaking at the Art Institute last year, and a kid came up to me and said ‘Three of my friends died, and I don’t know if I’m gonna be the next.’ And it has to, you know you have to think, 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 seeing people dying right next to you, you might feel like, what’s the point? You know like life could be like, starting to feel worthless in a way. I know times for me, I sit down and talk to older, like, like, rich people. You know, a.k.a. white, you know. And they tell me, ‘Don’t compare yourself to Steve Jobs. Don’t compare yourself to Walt Disney,’ and my friend Zekiah[sp?] told me… they tell me, ‘Don’t compare yourself to these people, right.’ My friend Zekiah[sp?] 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 ten that I can name in history. Truman. Ford. Hughes. Disney. Jobs. West.

Bro. Bro! Tonight, we here to have fun. I’m standing in front of my idol, Puff Daddy. I’m standing in front of my wife, Kim Kardashian West. I’m standing in front of the future: Chance the Rapper, 2 Chainz, Jaden Smith. Bro, we are undeniably the influence, the thought leaders. I’m gonna play y’all a piece of my art, and I just hope y’all have a good time. Play that.

Honestly, I see what he’s going for here – especially when he starts to tell the story about the kids in Chicago – but he keeps getting lost along the way. I’m sure this was an amazing speech in his head, but if he really wants to inspire us, he needs to give us complete thoughts, not just an outline.

Of course, right after that he premiered the new video for Fade, which basically wiped all of our memories anyway.

LOL wut?

But maybe I’m wrong! Maybe you WERE inspired by Kanye’s speech! Tell me how you feel below, and get your Yeezy fix with Slacker’s Kanye West: DNA station!

Justin Timberlake Has Completed His Metamorphosis to The Dad Phase

Justin Timberlake was presented with the first ever Decade award at this weekend’s Teen Choice awards. The award is meant to recognize “his continuous evolvement as an artist over the past 10 years”, plus this just happens to be the 10-year anniversary of his hit album FutureSex/LoveSounds. What a coincidence, right?

JT went full dad mode on this audience of kids, reminding them over and over that he is now old, dropping references to the Reverend Al Green (teen audience response – “huh?”) and slinging quotes from the late, great Muhammad Ali. He wore a buttoned up cardigan and rounded out his acceptance speech with a reminder to be nice to your parents.

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All in all, though, it was a pretty touching speech. Check it out in full below, and spend some time with JT on Slacker – you can hear what makes Justin Justin on the Justin Timberlake: DNA station, listen to his biggest hits on Justin Timberlake: The Count UP, or throwback to FutureSex/LoveSounds – check out the deluxe edition here.

Life Is Just A Party, And Parties Aren’t Meant To Last

One more unforgettable Prince moment. Covering Radiohead‘s Creep at Coachella 2008.

It’s so lonely without you here. Goodbye, Artist Formerly Known As Prince.

Celebrate his life with us – we’ve collected his greats, along with songs he’s inspired and artists who have inspired him on Prince: DNA.

Slacker Remembers David Bowie

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– David Bowie, CHANGES

And I’m floating in a most peculiar way
And the stars look very different today

– David Bowie, SPACE ODDITY

We could steal time, just for one day
We can be heroes, forever and ever

-David Bowie, HEROES

David Bowie was an adventurer, and an iconoclast, and a leader. Bowie was never predictable, never boring, and always challenged expectations and conventional thinking. He was a star, a big star, but he wasn’t for everyone. Bowie continually embraced the weird, the strange, the kooks. We understand that energy, that sensibility to do things differently. For many of us at Slacker, Bowie was one of our biggest heroes.

So today, and for the month of January, while the news of his untimely passing is still a fresh wound for us, we honor his memory the best way we know how — by putting David Bowie’s music and his story front and center:

  • David Bowie DNA  traces the tip of the complex iceberg that is the David Bowie story.  Hosted by Jennifer White, we tell the story of Ziggy Stardust, The Thin White Duke, Major Tom, Thomas Jerome Newton et all.  You will hear Bowie’s influences, contemporaries and followers like Little Richard, The Beatles, Al Green, The Velvet Underground, Kurt Cobain, and LCD Soundsystem. If you listen closely, we think you might just hear your personal story here too.
  • David Bowie Top 33 counts up Bowie’s greatest songs. These are the Bowie songs that you have listened to, shared, and “hearted” the most. From classics like Changes, Fame and Let’s Dance to some surprises from his many collaborations and era’s, these songs paint a picture of an eclectic and inspired career.
  • Finally, our Album Of The Week is Blackstar, which was just released on Friday January 8th, David Bowie’s 69th birthday. Bowie’s final album can be heard on many levels. Musically, it explores his love for texture, emotional singing, and the kind of inspired instrumentation that blends pop, jazz and funk into a otherworldly mix. Lyrically, it hauntingly speaks for itself, from the opening lines of Lazarus — “Look up here, I’m in heaven” to the final moments of I Cant Give Everything Away — “Seeing more and feeling less, saying no but meaning yes, that’s the message that I sent, I can’t give everything away.

For now, we have to deal with Bowie’s passing. We turn and face the strange. Bowie was our star, and our stars do indeed look very different today. But if you listen to the music, you’ll see why David Bowie is still our hero.