Kanye West on ‘SNL’: Performs Tracks From New Album ‘Yeezus’

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He performed racially themed 'Black Skinheads' and 'New Slaves'

Kanye West may have appeared on “Saturday Night Live” Saturday night, but his performances were no laughing matter.

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The outspoken musician shared two racially-themed songs from his new album, “Yeezus,” on NBC’s latenight sketch comedy:  “Black Skinheads” and “New Slaves.” The first, somberly introduced by host Ben Affleck, starts with graphic videos of angry (presumably) police dogs before morphing into West’s performance in front of a banner reading “Not for Sale.”  In the equally intense “New Slaves,” West chastises the commitment to high-end living while images of discount price tags flash behind him.

This isn’t the first time West has used an NBC stage to push a political message. He famously shared his opinions on the George W. Bush administration during a fund-raiser for Hurricane Katrina relief.

“Yeezus” drops June 18. West broadcast the official music video for “New Slaves” on buildings around the world on Friday. He also worked with Nike on a pair of sneakers, called Air Yezzus — a photo of which his partner, Kim Kardashian dutifully Instagramed on Saturday night.

Watch the videos of West’s performances in this post. Which one do you like better?

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    1. richierich says:

      I would like to be a rich slave like him… Him calling himself a slave is akin to me calling myself a prince… Lol

    2. Kanye I watched you on SNL, and your songs – lol- was nothing but racist slavery B.S. have you checked the year you live in? No body in this day n age are responsible for slavery!!!!!! your nothing but a HATER!!!!!! Turn him down, and turn him off!!!! Kim you’ll be sorry you ever got involved with him…

    3. Racquettman says:

      Funny you won’t allow personal attacks and abusive language, bt you allow kanye west, who is all about those things! He personally attacked Taylor Swift on national TV and should have been arrested and locked up for that beauty. His songs are attacks and since they target people, they are personal to many. He believes he’s above it all and can do, hurt, attack or anything he wants to anyone he wants. Why would anyone want him to represent their product? Ooouuh!

    4. MartyMar says:

      Regardless of how I feel about Kanye’s personal choices, public behavior and outbursts, this young man is creative genious. He mixes different genre’s of music, always trying different sounds, his lyrics are poignant, thought provoking and passionate. Most Hip Hop is lyrically crude and lacks creativity or a message. At least this young man dares you to hate or love him!

    5. Brave, bold and beautifully potent. More fun when artist try new things. Dude is a genius. Completely watchable and got a lot of folk talking and Tweeting. That’s what art should do?

    6. Marc Rauch says:

      I thought he was going to perform some musical numbers, what happened did the band’s bus get lost?

    7. Trey Hardy says:

      That was utterly horrible. It was like watching a recap of a 60’s mod stage performance. The fact SNL let trash be elevated to art, on it’s show, makes me sad.

    8. Dick Delson says:

      Let him sing to Kim K. She needs all the help she can get

    9. linda warley says:

      We have enough racial lyrics in this world. Yes it’s reality, what you have in your heart is what comes out of your mouth. Sorry Kanye.

    10. billindallas says:

      Kanye West managed (not once but twice Saturday evening) to elevate the performance art status of Yoko Ono and Bjork.

      Or, as I told my friends, “eight minutes of my life I’ll never get back.”

      Pompous, overblown, non-musical, dark (no, really dark! Find a light on stage and stand there!), are a few thoughts that come to mind.

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