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Kanye West Performs “Blood On The Leaves” at 2013 MTV Video Music Awards (Video)

Kanye gave the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards a more somber note by performing his “Blood On The Leaves.”

Yeezus performed the cut after a very overwhelming intro by actor Jared Leto, comparing the rapper to a god. Amid a woods-inspired backdrop, the rapper rapped much of the song while in black silhouette.

The song features a sample from Billie Holiday’s song “Strange Fruit” about lynchings in America. Interestingly, nearly 50 years ago today marks the date of the historic March on Washington, a key date in civil rights history.

‘Ye tweeted a photo of trees with the caption “BLOOD ON THE LEAVES” following his performance.

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