Kanye West performed new music off his album ‘The Life of Pablo’ on Saturday Night Live. He turned down performing at their 40th anniversary stating, “Fuck SNL and the whole cast / tell ‘em Yeezy said they can kiss my whole ass” on 2010’s “Power.”
But despite that he made his seventh appearance on SNL last night to promote his new album The Life of Pablo. After performing his album opener “Ultralight Beam,” the rapper announced the availability of his album on his website and on Tidal.
The drop wasn’t seamless. I couldn’t understand what he was saying and it took nearly an hour for the album to become available after his announcement.
But despite all that, his performances were bone chilling and haunting. He featured a ton of guests for “Highlights” including Young Thug, The-Dream, A$AP Bari and R&B singer DeBarge. Despite the sound mix being a bit iffy – what do you expect from the SNL sound stage at this point – his guests totally carried the performance.
Kanye West and friends were cast in cool blues, posing and lurching in front of a clump of pixelated light.
In his final performance he performed the album opening “Ultralight Beam.” And, true words, it nearly brought me to tears it was so beautiful.
His processed, mumbled gospel music came to life in the hands of a full choir. He stood stage right as The-Dream and Chance the Rapper gave a crafty verse. Chance the Rapper is officially on my radar after that verse.
Then gospel veteran Kirk Franklin emerged near the end to deliver a sermon and West laid on the floor to receive it. It was a striking image that suggested Kanye is a sinner who wants to receive redemption with a little help from his friends.
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