By Rob Markman
“Saturday Night Live” usually reserves their weekly musical guest spot for the biggest and brightest pop stars and last night was no different as Kanye West took the televised stage. The performance was definitely big, but there was nothing bright about Yeezy’s dark and loud performance.
Instead of the super catchy “Gold Digger” or cheery “Good Life,” ’Ye looks to be headed in a deeper direction with the music that will be included on his upcoming album Yeezus.
Shortly after midnight on Sunday morning (May 19) West took the stage in a black leather motorcycle jacket to debut “Black Skinhead,” a punk rock-soaked thump seemingly drawn from Marilyn Manson’s 1996 hit “The Beautiful People.” “SNL” usually isn’t the stage where artists unravel deep messages of racism, but then again West is far from usual.
“What do you say to a masked man? This inglorious bastard that’s rappin?/ We might have to just burn his ish down/ Like the theatre that Hilter was slept in,” Yeezy rapped in time with the constant pound of the drum.
For his second selection the G.O.O.D. Music head rocked “New Slaves,” the racially charged single that he debuted just days earlier on Friday by projecting the song’s video on 66 different locations around the world.
Shortly before “SNL” aired Yeezy’s love Kim Kardashian took to Instagram and posted a photo that appeared to confirm Kanye’s album name, release date and CD packaging. “#Yeezus #RedYeezy’s #SNL #Tonight #NewSlaves #YeezySeason #Donda #June18,” she wrote, captioning a flick of the new red Air Yeezy IIs and the Yeezus album’s packaging.