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Kayne West Performs ‘Blood on the Leaves’ at the VMAs

Rapper appeared on stage with minimal lighting and a forest-themed backdrop

Kanye West delivered a powerful and angst-ridden performance last night at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. The rapper performed “Blood on the Leaves” off Yeezus in front of a forest-themed backdrop.

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Moments before taking the stage, West posted a photo of the backdrop on Twitter; it’s a tree that was “used for lynching.” The rapper also posted a message on his website: “This tree was used for lynching. Those who were murdered are buried in the ground around the tree. Blood on the leaves.”


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