News: Kanye West Delivers Big Bangs On "SNL" Finale, Premieres 2 New Songs [Video]

Sunday, May 19, 2013 9:47AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

A day after Kanye West premiered his "New Slaves" single globally, the father-to-be upped the ante by premiering even more new tunes during his "Saturday Night Live" appearance last night (May 18).

On the live broadcast's season finale, Mr. West performed his new "Black Skinhead" and "New Slaves" tracks.

After unveiling "New Slaves" on Friday night in "the most Kanye way possible," Kanye West took to the Saturday Night Live stage and did it again, this time live and in the flesh. The rapper's new album has been described as "dark"; on SNL, he yelled while dodging in and out of dark shadows ("Black Skinhead"), then delivered an equally intense rendition of "New Slaves" in front of a projection of his face in extreme close-up. "Dark" seems accurate so far. (Slate)

During the performance, Yeezy donned a pair of his signature Nike kicks.

After unveiling "New Slaves" on Friday night in "the most Kanye way possible," Kanye West took to the Saturday Night Live stage and did it again, this time live and in the flesh. The rapper's new album has been described as "dark"; on SNL, he yelled while dodging in and out of dark shadows ("Black Skinhead"), then delivered an equally intense rendition of "New Slaves" in front of a projection of his face in extreme close-up. "Dark" seems accurate so far. (The Daily Beast)

A few days ago, Kanye appeared in the show's season finale promo alongside celebrity guest host Ben Affleck.

When we talked about the first promo for Ben Affleck's "Saturday Night Live" featuring cast member Bill Hader, we mentioned that this may be seen as an opportunity for him to have one last opportunity to do one of these mini-sketches before riding off into the sunset. Now, could they be doing the same exact thing with Fred Armisen. As for this promo itself, it is probably okay at best. Most of the jokes are pretty lame, pretty obvious, and West (who was not present at all in the first sketch) looks fairly unhappy to be there while sporting a giant bandage on his head. Both the rapper and the "Argo" director have been on the show a number of times, but this is a night of firsts for them. This is Affleck's first appearance since becoming a major player in the directing world, and it also serves as West's first show since Kim Kardashian became pregnant with his first child. (Carter Matt)

Prior to the promo clip, West talked about what he might cover on "SNL" during a live New York concert.

"It's so funny. Somebody asked me, 'When you do SNL, are you going to do a skit about the paparazzi and sh*t. And like humanize yourself?' I ain't hear to apologize to no motherf*ckers man. It ain't about me humanizing myself. At one point did I become un-human where I had to turn myself back. Or maybe I was demonized, or maybe I was treated inhumane and not human in that type of situation. I ain't no motherf*ckin' celebrity. I ain't runnin' for office. I ain't kissin' nobody's motherf*ckin' babies. I drop your baby and you motherf*ckers sue me and sh*t. I'm trying to make some music that inspires people to be the best that they can be. And I don't want nobody else to ask anything of me! Don't ask nothing else of me." (Miss Info TV)

Check out footage of Kanye West's performance:

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