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Kanye West closed last night’s 2010 MTV VMAs with his incredible new song, “Runaway.” It was a stunning performance, packed with surreal white-draped stage show, ballerinas and special guest MC Pusha T. But most of all, what Kanye’s VMA performance did was put the spotlight back where it belongs: on Kanye West’s music.
So here are 5 things you need to know about Kanye West’s brand-new song, “Runaway.”
1. The live performance wasn’t the first time you heard “Runaway.”
A 30-second trailer for what would seem to be the song’s video (though calling them “videos” almost seems quaint after the “moving painting” that was “Power“), aired early in the evening. The clip we saw, directed by West, himself, featured some deer (!), some dancers and a silhouetted Kanye, holding a woman in his arms as explosions go off. Calling to mind films by Stanley Kubrick and David Lynch, the video looks tremendous.
2. The guest MC at the end of the performance was Pusha T, from The Clipse.
Long thought to be one of the best MC’s in hip-hop, Pusha T — one half of the beloved if under-appreciated duo The Clipse — got his moment in the spotlight last night. Decked out in a salmon-colored blazer with the sleeves pushed up (Miami Vice style), Push spit his guest verse at the front of the VMA stage. With Push now signed to Kanye’s G.O.O.D. Music imprint, expect to hear a lot more from him soon.
4. “Runaway” was positioned as response to Taylor Swift’s “Innocent.” But it really wasn’t.
Coming a short while after Taylor Swift’s emotional response to last year’s VMA fiasco, many thought Kanye’s performance would have some Taylor content. However, it was not to be. “Runaway,” is more or less about how Kanye keeps screwing up whatever good relationships he’s had with women (Amber Rose? His ex-fiance Alexis Phifer?), telling them to “run away as fast as you can.”
5. The initial reaction to Kanye’s “Runaway” was overwhelmingly positive.
“The New York Times” called “Runaway” “alternately punishing and mesmerizing,” while the “Village Voice” declared, “Kanye still the best. Like, there are few things more obvious than this in the twenty-first century.” Meanwhile, on Twitter, the the public seemed to be resoundingly behind “Runaway.”