updated 09/12/2010 AT 11:00 PM ET
•originally published 09/12/2010 AT 11:40 PM ET
Talk about a provocation.
Kanye West got the last word – well, song – at Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards – and it was a whopper.
Clad in a bright red suit with layered chains and a plunging black T-shirt, the rapper debuted an unreleased song, “Runaway,” which began with him, solo, plunking notes from a synthesizer before chanting the a self-deprecating opening salvo.
“You’ve been putting up with my s–– for way too long,” he rapped, as the stage filed with ballet dancers.
“Let’s have a toast for the douchebags. Let’s have a toast for the a——s,” he sang. “Let’s have a toast for the scumbags. Let’s have a toast for the jerk—s. Baby, I got a plan. Runaway fast as you can.”