Kanye West Reveals New Music, Criticizes Paparazzi & "SNL"
During an hour-plus set, Kanye West takes aim at paparazzi and "SNL," saying he won't apologize and that he is not a celebrity. West also breaks out two new songs for an invite-only crowd in New York.
Last night (May 15), Kanye West revealed two new, unreleased songs at an invite-only show in Manhattan, New York's Roseland Ballroom. The hour-plus set, part of Adult Swim's Upfront party, featured West inside of a three dimmensional pyramid-shaped screen, dressed in all white, going through songs from his entire career.
The new and unreleased songs he revealed were the talk of the night. One is presumed to be titled "Awesome" or "So Awesome" and is said to be dedicated to Kim Kardashian. The other, is said to be titled "Yeezy Season," and it was only revealed in snippet form. No official confirmation on either title has been made.
On the track many have called "So Awesome," Kanye West asks, "Why would you ever listen to the people trying to hate on you?" According to Rolling Stone, he then adds, "Baby, you're awesome. Don't let nobody bring you down. You're so awesome." He continues, adding "I'd rather do nothing with you than something with somebody new." The song also features West talking about himself, saying, "I'm also awesome." Video footage of the performance can be found below, courtesy of Erika Ramirez for Billboard.
During his set, West also criticized paparazzi and said that he is "the worst kind of celebrity."
"One thing about me," he began as "Clique" was closing, per NME. "I’m the worst kind of celebrity because all I do is make real music. All I do is sit in the studio and make real, real shit. and that’s it. That’s motherfucking it. So I don’t want nobody trying to run up on me with no cameras, trying to sell pictures and shit to magazines, asking me no dumbass questions, throwing me off of my focus and shit, harassing you all motherfucking day. I ain’t no motherfucking celebrity."
Beyond this, West criticized Saturday Night Live, saying he will not apologize for once saying "Fuck SNL and the whole cast" on "Power."
"I ain’t here to apologise to no mothafuckers, man. It ain’t about me humanising myself," he said, according to Consequence of Sound. "At what point did I become unhuman where I had to turn myself back? Or maybe i was demonised. Or maybe I was treated inhumane and not human in that kind of situation. I ain’t no motherfucking celebrity. I ain’t running for office. I ain’t kissing nobody’s motherfucking babies. I drop your baby and you sue me and shit. I’m trying to make some music that inspires people to be the best they can be. I don’t want nobody to ask nothing else of me. Don’t ask nothing else of me."
West is scheduled to perform on "Saturday Night Live's" season finale this weekend. However, he said he will not do SNL skits.
"Hell nah I ain’t doing no mothafucking "SNL" skits. This my goddamn life," he confirmed. "This ain’t no motherfucking joke. That’s it. Stop that shit right there.”
There is no official word on whether these songs will be a part of his next album, currently rumored to be released on June 18. Fans have been getting new work from Kanye West in small bursts like this recently. Earlier this month, Hudson Mohawke revealed two songs to his fans during a set.