The 2010 MTV VMAs are eight days away. Here at MTV HQ, we're swarming around busier than a hive of bees on a strict honey-making deadline. But we're not the only busy ones. Kanye West, who will be performing at the 2010 MTV VMAs, took to his Twitter this morning, in what appeared to be a truth serum-induced honesty tour. And man was he busy confessing. And busy apologizing.
A year after bum-rushing Taylor Swift at the 2009 VMAs, sabotaging her VMA win and becoming the most famous interrupter since the Kool-Aid man, Kanye West fired up his Twitter, turned it into a confession booth and a therapist's couch, ending his stream of consciousness with a three-word apology: "I'm sorry, Taylor."
Kanye started his Twitter bender, which ranged from almost self-flagellating--referring to "the massacre of Kanye" to self-aggrandizing--"I want to win there hearts back so I can continue to bring my take on culture to the masses with a clean opinion"--just after dropping a new song, "Devil In A New Dress." In case you missed it, it began...
"Man I love Twitter.... I've always been at the mercy of the press but no more... The media tried to demonize me.... They wanted yall to believe I was a monster in real life so you guys wouldn't listen or buy my music anymore.... I feel like they were waiting for the opportunity to go in all the way on me and when it came they beat me to a pulp.... Even now a lot of articles start there first 2 paragraphs about how much of an a**hole I am"
Kanye then paused to wish Beyonce a Happy Birthday, tweeting, "Happy B day to sister B... I gotta dope ass gift for you."
Kanye then tackled issues of race referring to his 2005 outburst during NBC's live benefit concert for Hurricane Katrina relief:
"Some people's truth is Kanye is racist... It's not my truth but I do believe it's my Karma.... Walk with me..."
Continuing on about the NBC telethon, Kanye gave us a closer look at the fallout from that outburst:
"Even though the NBC telethon was widely praised yall didn't think they was just gone let me get away with that did yall???!!!... With the help of strong will, a lack of impathy, a lil alcohol and extremely distasteful & bad timing... I became George Bush over night... How deep is the scar... I bled hard.. cancelled tour with the number one pop star in the world ... closed the doors of my clothing office... Had to let employees go... for the first time I felt the impact of my brash actions... I felt the recession from an ownership side... People booed when I would go to concerts and the performer mentioned my name..."
+ Read more about Kanye's Twitter apology after the jump...
Bringing a little levity to the emotional Tweetspree, Kanye referenced Will Ferrell: "Remember in Anchor Man when Ron Burgandy cursed on air and the entire city turned on him? But this wasn't a joke. This was & is my real life"
And then he quickly came back to the matter at hand: himself. "There are people who don't dislike me... they absolutely hate me! That's when you realize perception is reality. I've been straying from this subject on twitter but I have to give it to you guys raw now... If you google A**hole my face may very well pop up 2 pages into the search."
Kanye then brought it back to art: "I have a mission in life to bring truth and beauty through my music and the visuals that anchor around it," and then quickly steered the ship back to his own crucifixion: "The media has successfully diminished the "receptive" audience of (3rd person)... KANYE WEST... taking a 15 second blip the mdeia have successfully painted the image of the "ANGRY BLACK MAN' The King Kong theory."
Kanye continued to confront the hate: "People tweeted that they wish I was dead... No listen. They wanted me to die people. I carry that. I smile and take pictures through that about... I wear my scars.... It's almost like I have to where a suit to juxtapose my image and I won't lie... IT WORKS!"
Finally, Kanye brought up the Taylor Swift incident, claiming "I wrote a song for Taylor Swift that's so beautiful and I want her to have it. If she won't take it then I'll perform it for her about She had nothing to do with my issues with award shows. She had no idea what hit her. She's justa lil girl with dreams like the rest of us. She deserves the apology more than anyone.
Once again, Kanye paused, this time to thank the creators of Twitter: "Thank you Biz Stone and Evan Williams for creating a platform where we can communicate directlyWe're both artist and the media and managers are trying to get between us. Everyone wants to capitalize off this is some way about I'm ready to get out of my own way. The ego is overdone... it's like hoodies... I am responsible for those who love and represent me and what they have to deal with on a day to day defending "The American Psycho... It's not about race America. No one in our position ever stands up and says anything anymore."
Kanye then referenced the Broadway hit "Wicked," possibly to the delight of Glee fans everywhere:
Who's seen the play Wicked? I've seen it 4 times! Other than loving the music acting and costumes... it's my story!!! ... The Wicked witch of the west basically is so convicted to tell her' truth when she does it she is outcasted by society and turned WICKED ...
That's when Kanye turned into Mr. Manners and basically told himself about himself: "With new found humility ... who am I to run on stage? I would never ever again in a million years do that. Sorry to let you down... It is distasteful to cut people off as a general rule. What's the point of dressing tastefully if I'm going to act the complete opposite? Yes I was that guy. A 32 year old child... When I woke up from the crazy nightmare I looked in the mirror and said GROW UP KANYE... I take the responsibility for my actions... I am not a bad person. Even in that moment I was only trying to do good but people don't always need my help... Beyonce didn't need that. MTV didn't need that and Taylor and her family friends and fans definitely didn't want or need that."
After a prolonged one-way conversation, Kanye finally got to the heart of his very public soul searching: "I've hurt, I've bled, I've learned. I only want to do good. I am passionate I am human I am real. I wish I could meet every hater... I wish I could talk to every hater face to face and change there a opinion of me one conversation at a time.... I wish they all knew how much I really cared about music and pop culture and art and peoples feelings... I wish they could accept that I've grown and only want to do good for the world. I want to help as many people as I can.... I want to help starting with the music and ending with the smile.... I want to win there hearts back so I can continue to bring my take on culture to the masses with a clean opinion...."
And then this: "It starts with this... I'm sorry Taylor."
Wow. Heavy stuff for a Saturday morning lots of us normally spend watching reruns.
Taylor Swift has yet to Tweet back a response (though we can't blame her -- it's a lot to take in).
What do you think about Kanye's real talk? Tell us in the comments.