Kanye and Lil Pump dressed as water bottles, Kanye (in a MAGA hat) giving a Trump-praising speech, Cudi and 070 Shake doing “Ghost Town”—and more
Kanye West is the musical guest on tonight’s season premiere of “Saturday Night Live.” On the episode, hosted by Adam Driver, he performed “I Love It” with Lil Pump. Kanye dressed as a Perrier bottle and Pump was a Fiji bottle as they rapped with Adele Givens projected on a screen behind them. They modified the chorus to “you’re such a freaky girl,” though Kanye and Pump still used profanities throughout the performance. (They were censored in “SNL”’s official YouTube version below.)
For his second appearance, Kanye brought out Teyana Taylor to play a new song. The song, which leaked earlier this summer, includes the lyrics, “We got love, love love/You better believe it.” It appears to feature a voice memo from Lauryn Hill, which Taylor previously teased on Twitter.
Kanye performed for a third time as the credits rolled. While wearing a MAGA hat, he invited 070 Shake, Kid Cudi, and Ty Dolla $ign (on guitar) to play “Ghost Town” from ye. Cudi also appeared in a sketch earlier in the show.
After the show ended, Kanye stayed on stage and gave a speech to the “SNL” audience, captured on Chris Rock’s Instagram story. In the clips, Kanye mentions his old promise that he would run for president in 2020. He also addressed his affinity for Trump, saying, “So many times I talk to a white person about this and [they] say, ‘How could you like Trump he’s racist?’ Well, if I was concerned about racism I would’ve moved out of America a long time ago.” Later he claimed that he was “bullied” by the “SNL” team and asked not to wear his MAGA hat on the show. He also complained about the “one-sided” and “liberal” state of media. Watch clips below.
Cast member Chris Redd, who once portrayed Kanye in an “SNL” sketch, took issue with Kanye’s post-show speech. Swizz Beatz also addressed Kanye’s post-show speech in a video where he teased a song with the repeated words “Fuck the MAGA Hat.” The president, of course, tweeted his support of Kanye.
On Sunday morning, Kanye tweeted that he’s in discussions to host “SNL” sometime “before the year is out.”
Earlier this week, Kanye announced that his new album Yandhi would arrive the night he performed on “SNL.” It did not get released before or after the show. The album is set to follow his solo album ye and his collaborative record with Kid Cudi, Kids See Ghosts. Earlier this summer, he also produced a series of albums for Pusha-T, Nas, and Teyana Taylor.
In the days leading up to his “SNL” appearance, Kanye took to social media to co-sign ASAP Bari, the ASAP Mob co-founder and VLONE head who was was arrested earlier this year and charged with two counts of sexual assault. He credited Bari with the success of “I Love It.” “Bari challenged me when no one else did and when he got in trouble I was scared to say he was my friend just like I did with xxx and that was some pussy shit on my part,” Kanye wrote.
( Source: Pitchfork )
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