When Kanye West wrote (that is, tweeted), “I think Twitter was designed specifically with me in mind,” he was technically and historically wrong. Philosophically, spiritually, artistically, however, he was precisely correct. No one tweets like West tweets, and no medium is more capable of capturing the Kanyeness of Kanye better than Twitter.
And, yet, when we read Ye’s golden words on Twitter, they come across in only two dimensions. To better understand their rare genius, they require performers—good performers—to breathe life into them. Praise Yeezus, that is exactly what Vanity Fair and bespectacled video correspondent Tyler Oakley did at the magazine’s posh Oscars party over the weekend.
With his considerable powers as a YouTube influencer, Oakley wrangled stars including Kate Hudson, Whoopi Goldberg, Mindy Kaling, and many others into taking some of West’s most famous, most profound tweets, and turn them into sharp, dramatic moments. Everyone, it’s a total gas. Kaling, in particular, brings out the nuances of West’s “fur pillow” tweet as perhaps no one else could. Will Arnett, as well, brings us deeper into the psyche of Ye than we’ve ever been before. It’s revelatory.
Click play for the dramatic reading of West’s greatest works. To paraphrase Yeezy himself, we’re not even going to lie to you, we love this so much right now.