Controversial rapper Kanye West has abandoned his estrangement from late-night variety show “Saturday Night Live” and will be featured as a musical guest next month.
The rapper is billed to perform on “SNL” the first Saturday in October.
Kanye West will appear as the musical guest on the October 2 episode of “Saturday Night Live,” which will be hosted by “Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston. The high-profile appearance, which NBC confirmed to MTV News on Tuesday (September 21) morning, will come less than a month after West closed out the VMAs with the debut of a new song, “Runaway.” (MTV)
West’s appearance, his fourth on the series, signifies rekindling their association despite the rapper dissing “SNL” on his recent “Power” record.
Saturday Night Live had no hard feelings towards Kanye West after his lyric “F-ck SNL and the whole cast Tell ‘em Yeezy said they can kiss my whole a**. More specifically, they can kiss my a**hole I’m an a**hole? You n***’s got jokes.” The lyric featured in Kanye’s single “Power,” and it looked as if Kanye wouldn’t appear on the show ever again. Well that doesn’t seem to be true, with Ye’ slated as the performer for October 2nd’s SNL episode. This will be Kanye’s fourth time performing on the program, most notably in 2007 where he performed and took part in skits mocking his own outbursts. (The Source)
Following his televised interruption of country singer Taylor Swift‘s award acceptance speech at the 2009 Video Music Awards, “SNL” poked fun at West in a commercial last year.
According to MTV News, Swift starts saying that she’ll be this week’s host in her SNL promo, only to be interrupted by SNL cast member Bill Hader, who tells her, “Whoops, Kanye West just called. He thinks Beyoncé should host instead.” Then he adds, “Funny, huh?” Swift kind of just stands there, rolls her eyes and whispers to herself, “Wow.” Bill then awkwardly says, “Good times,” and walks off the set whispering to himself, “Hader.” (Celebuzz)
Last May, Jay-Z performed multiple songs on “Saturday Night Live.”
During her appearance on “Saturday Night Live,” 88-year-old host Betty White referenced her age often, both as a nod to her spunky old-lady persona and her expansive Hollywood career. Jay-Z, the musical guest, is roughly half White’s age, but the legendary rapper’s resume is just as vast, spawning 11 #1 albums. And the Brooklyn MC seemed intent on showcasing as many of his LPs as possible as he ran through a five-song medley of his hits. (MTV)
Earlier this month, it was announced that comedian Jay Pharoah, known for imitating Drake and Jay-Z, would join the show’s cast.
If you’re excited about “SNL” hiring new cast members for the upcoming season, kicking off on Sept. 25, then you might really, really, really like that 22-year-old comedian Jay Pharoah, who’s made a name for himself by impersonating celebrities like Jay-Z, Drake, President Obama, Denzel Washington and Eddie Murphy, among others, is one of them. Pharoah, who hails from Virginia, is the fourth new talent hired by SNL this season and will be the first African American to join the cast since 2003, when Kenan Thompson arrived. (Billboard)
Listen to Kanye West calling out “SNL” on “Power” down below: