Kanye West Reveals Racially-Charged Lyrics to ‘Black Skinhead’

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

Kanye West debuted his new song “Black Skinhead” on “Saturday Night Live” last night and now the rapper/producer is sharing the lyrics to the controversial track. ‘Ye took to Twitter and posted two screenshots of the song’s lyrics.

“Pardon, I’m getting my scream on,” starts one line, signifying the tone of the song. The racially-charged number touches on themes like interracial relationships, religious fervor and ‘Ye’s reputation in society. “Baby, we living in the moment/ I been a menace for the longest,” he raps along with lyrics like: “Middle America packed in/ Came to see me in my black skin.”

Kanye performed “Black Skinhead” for the first time on ‘SNL’ on Saturday night. Wearing black leather and appearing against huge screens with black and white imagery, the superstar was somber as he spit his lyrics. For his second song during his ‘SNL’ appearance Kanye kept the mood equally serious with “New Slaves.” The track debuted earlier on Friday with a series of projections appearing at 66 specific touch points around the world.

Shortly before the performance, Kanye’s lady Kim Kardashian took to Instagram and posted a photo that seemed to confirm Kanye’s album name (Yeezus) as well as release date. “#Yeezus #RedYeezy’s #SNL #Tonight #NewSlaves #YeezySeason #Donda #June18,” Kim shared, captioning a photo of the new red Air Yeezy IIs and the Yeezus album packaging.