NEW YORK — [artist id=”1230523″]Kanye West[/artist] drops some choice insults in his latest song, which he debuted at Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards.
“I always find, yeah, I always find something wrong/ You been putting up with my sh– just way too long/ I’m so gifted at finding what I don’t like the most/ So I think it’s time for us to have a toast,” ’Ye rhymes in “Runaway.” “Let’s have a toast for the douche bags!/ Let’s have a toast for the a–holes!/ Let’s have a toast for the scumbags!”
The chorus has nods to an array of “bags,” however, fans believe the MC is, in a very un-hip-hop move, taking swipes at himself.
MTV News caught up with a bunch of hip-hop heads at Jay-Z and Eminem’s Home and Home Tour stop at Yankee Stadium on Monday night (September 13), and many felt that Jigga’s “little brother” was using the track to air out his insecurities.
“That was a funny song,” Steve Bananti said. “I liked the song a lot. It was good. I feel like he was making fun of himself.”
Jamal Hairston said Yeezy’s lyrics reference “the stuff that he does” including the Taylor Swift 2009 VMA controversy .
“I don’t think he was trying to insult [Swift]. I think it was self-deprecating. He was maybe talking about himself,” Hairston said, adding that the track is “a toast for the people who mess up.” “[He’s] trying to find some redemption, maybe.”
Brian Bennett, who didn’t like the track, said ’Ye was simply dropping insults for shock value.
“I just thought that he was trying to get the crowd going crazy because he said the word ’douche bag,’ ” he said. “I just feel like he was trying to get the crowd stirred.”
Todd Read said he wasn’t feeling the track at first but might get into it after a few listens.
“I’m a big Kanye fan but … I gotta hear the track un-performed. Maybe I’ll like it then. His music grows on me like that,” he said. Read, however, did enjoy West’s performance: “I liked to see him playing with the MPC and everything. I see he’s bringing it back to the real hip-hop roots, so I appreciated that.”
Christian Contreras agreed that ’Ye’s VMA set, which was low on props but big on impact, was another singular moment from the Chicago superstar.
“I actually liked the song. I [liked] the whole performance; it was different. It’s definitely something that I wasn’t expecting, but Kanye always comes out of left field with everything,” he said. “The little toast to the douche bags, it’s cool.”
Contreras speculated that ’Ye’s track was not merely about how he feels, but rather how he’s been perceived by the media and fans alike.
“All those names that he said — douche bag, a–hole, all that stuff — people have actually made that connection with him,” he observed. “I’m sure he got those names called to him a couple times. Maybe it was a little stab to the industry, talking about himself and how he’s changed.”
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