massive overachiever kanye west was the musical guest on 'snl'
Last night the rapper/designer/impresario made his seventh appearance on the comedy show; officially announced album drop.
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Capping off an insanely busy week — which included a Madison Square Garden extravaganza wherein he debuted his Yeezy Season 3 collection and played tracks off his new album, The Life of Pablo — Kanye West starred as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live's 40th-anniversary show.
His second performances was "Ultralight Beam," the opening track on Pablo, where he was backed by a choir clad in light-blue denim. West played a small role: after his intro, he stepped back and allowed other performers to shine. His guests included The-Dream, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin, and Chance the Rapper.
At the end of the song, West announced, "Kanye West dot com right now, Tidal streaming right now." The Life of Pablo had finally arrived.
Earlier in the show, he performed "Highlights," a poppier tune, also backed up by musical powerhouses including Young Thug, A$AP Bari, and R&B singers Kelly Price and El DeBarge.
West has not always had a warm-and-fuzzy relationship with the show. On his 2010 single "Power," he rapped "Fuck SNL and the whole cast/Tell 'em Yeezy said they can kiss my whole ass." However, he seems to have gotten over that beef, even taking part in a comedic sketch.
Kyle Mooney challenges Kanye to a freestyle rap battle — which is hilarious — and for his (winning) part, West delivers spitfire lines from his Pablo interlude "I Love Kanye."
Text Laura Vogel
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