Watch Kanye West's Jokey 'Shoe of the Year' Award Acceptance Speech

Kanye West at iHeartRadio Music Festival 2015
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Kanye West at iHeartRadio Music Festival 2015 in the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas

Kanye West accepted the "Shoe of the Year Award" for his Adidas Yeezy Boost with a cheesy grin and loads of jokes in a nearly 20-minute speech at Wednesday night's Footwear News Achievement Awards (Dec. 2). 

"If you don't like 10-minute profanity-ridden speeches that end with a presidential bid, you can go to the bathroom," he joked.

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The multi-hyphenate shared anecdotes about esteemed designer Phillip Lim, holing up in Tokyo and working for Fendi with his right-hand man Virgil Abloh, and going on a designing spree while recording music for his 2010 My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy LP and the joint Watch The Throne project with Jay Z. 

"I remember Jay Z text me, saying 'Get off the runway.' It's kinda rude but we had an album to finish," he laughed. "And I said, 'I'm not leaving.' So we brought all the n---as to Paris and made a song about it."

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He rambles on about his love for product and nice things ("I want a house equal or better than Calvin Klein's house in the Hamptons"). 

"I care serious about product," he said. "I don't care if I have a kid, a wife, hitting hills with the picket fence, I'm serious about product. I'm dead serious to what I create as an artist in this lifetime while I'm here. It's not a fucking joke."

Mr. West wraps his speech with a funny quotable, though. “I’m trying to take it full ‘Will Ferrell level drunk brother at the wedding’ level," he closes. "Have I reached that level yet? Have I fucked it up? Good. Here’s to fucking everything up!”

Watch 'Ye's impassioned speech below.


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