Kanye West hit the stage during the May 18 episode of “Saturday Night Live” to perform some new music.
The 35-year-old West performed a new track called “Black Skinhead,” rapping the song in the middle of the show. Wearing a studded black leather jacket and jumping around in front of a screen that featured the words NOT FOR SALE intercut with barking dogs, the rapper worked his way through an energetic track that includes lyrics that are filtered through a loud-speaker effect. Censores seemed to miss West’s use of the n-word, which made it to broadcast during the East Coast feed.
West also performed “New Slaves,” a song that he debuted by projecting it on the sides of buildings across the world.
His stint on “SNL” was one that the musician seemed less than enthused about. In the promos for the episode, hosted by actor Ben Affleck, West appeared apathetic and serious.
He also addressed the gig at a recent performance. “Someone asked me, ‘When you do ‘SNL,’ are you going to do a skit about the paparazzi and humanize yourself?'” West said during a show, referencing his recent run-in with the paparazzi. “What the f–k do I have to apologize for? When did I become inhuman? Or was it them demonizing me and harassing me that made me less than human?”
by Madeline Boardman