Kanye West surprisingly appeared at the BET Awards: Read the full transcript – Variety

Kanye West appeared surprisingly about three hours after the BET Awards on Sunday night to pay tribute to Sean “Diddy” Combs, the Lifetime Achievement Award winner.

His speech followed an elaborate performance spanning Combs ‘entire career, with cameos by Mary J. Blige, Jodeci, Nas, Lil’ Kim, Busta Rhymes, The Lox, Bryson Tiller, Faith Evans, Maverick City Choir – and Diddy himself, who dedicated the first half of his 1997 hit “I’ll Be Missing You” to his longtime partner, actress Kim Porter, who died of a lung infection in 2018, via a video that was released while performing; the second half of the song featured a video dedication to its original theme, Notorious BIG Next, followed by a powerful video speech by Jay-Z and fun from Babyface – who recalled Diddy pausing but successfully learning to ski.

Then West came on stage, dressed in a gray leather Hood by Air jacket, a matching baseball cap, eyeshadows and a full black sock a face mask, similar to those he wore in performances and performances last year.

West in his speech identified himself with a desire to change his name: Over the years, Combs called himself Puff Daddy, P. Diddy, just Diddy, and more recently simply Love; last year West legally changed its name to “Ye”. He also spoke touchingly about Combs ’influence on him, emphasizing that he considers him an artist – and it’s easy to influence the influence of Combs who views his entire creative and business result as part of a whole.

Read West’s speech in full:

“How can we crown our kings? How do we appreciate our kings? ”He began. “To think how far we could just go without inspiration, to hear the way someone chopped the pattern. Me and [friend] rushing to see who could get a Bad Boy mixtape and play the original version of “Benjamins,” over and over again, thinking I’m one of the Hit Men.

“I signed with Puff without him knowing,” he laughed, adding, “That statement is not legally binding!”

“To go to New York,” he continued. “And you think everyone wore leather jackets and new Teams every day …

“To see Puff in real life on the‘ Missing You ’video, just like I tap freely as a little kid – I just need to meet this man. This is my favorite artist. You see I say favorite artist – everything, not specifically production, travel. There were so many rules for hip-hop back then and he broke them.

“Contracts are understood in a way that many of us still don’t understand. They understand money in a way that many of us still don’t understand. Even today I go to him for advice. He inspired many of my choices. So many of my life choices. My wife’s choice. And here we are. Thanks for that, Puff.

And here we are, you don’t understand, sneaking into a 17-year-old club in Chicago, thinking we were part of Bad Boy.

That man was so famous that he was good enough to be the Chicago version of Puff. You know, I took a little break. I said ‘I wanted to declare myself legally dead for a year.’ I don’t miss anyone. You know, I just want to be offline.

“Puff is pretty persistent. But I had to think. It’s like people get amnesia, like I should never call multiple times.

“Any of us in this room, if Puff ever needs us, we have to jump in and be there. This man went through and survived a lot. They broke down many doors so we could stand. I know for myself, that I could be here today.

He broke through many doors of classicism, taste, culture, ostentation. Puff, if I never told you, I love you. you are my brother.

“I went to the dentist and took nitric oxide. I would not recommend it if someone is stressed. And I thought I knew what it was like to want to change my name. You may know him as Diddy, Puff Daddy, Sean Combs. But when it reaches a certain point, I thought in the end, it’s all love – all that. All we have is love. In the name of Jesus, bring forth Love.

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