Only an hour after Taylor Swift revealed her song of "Forgiveness" to Kanye West at the MTV Video Music Awards, West himself takes to the defense by acknowledging he's an offender.

The rapper/producer tackled "Runaway" at the VMAs last night (Sept. 12), with help from Clipse MC Pusha T, a drum machine and three ballerinas. In the track, West concludes, "Let's have a toast for the douchebags / ... the assholes / ... the scumbags / ... the jerk-offs."

The song doesn't address his debacle with Swift at last year's ceremony, but instead is an admission to a lady love of his wandering eye, and his gift "in finding what I don’t like the most."

It was a minimalist set as West rapped and sang. The track will be included on his forthcoming album.

Watch the clip below: what do you think of the track?


After five years as a columnist and editor at Billboard, Katie Hasty joined HitFix in 2009 for music and film reporting out of New York. The Midwest native has worked as a writer, music promoter and in A&R since 1999 and performs with her band Numbers And Letters.