Kanye West performs 'Black Skinhead, 'New Slaves' on 'SNL' (Videos)
Kanye West FINALLY debuted some new music on the Saturday, May 18 episode of "Saturday Night Live."
West, 35, appeared on the NBC sketch comedy series as the night's musical guest, wowing the audience with performances of his two newest singles -- "Black Skinhead" and "New Slaves."
The rapper, who is known for his edgy and unique performances, definitely brought the eerie with his two musical sets. His first performance, "Black Skinhead," was highly energetic and intense, featuring a sample of Marilyn Manson's "Beautiful People" as well as a projection of barking dogs on a screen behind him.
His second performance for "New Slaves" was much simpler, as he simply stood and let the attention focus in on the song's deep lyrics.
"My mama was raised in an era when / Clean water was only served to the fairer skin / Doing clothes you would have thought I had help / But they wouldn't be satisfied unless I picked the cotton myself," he says in the track.
On Thursday, May 2, West made headlines when he deleted all of his Tweets on his Twitter account -- except for one cryptic message. The "Stronger" rapper posted the words "June Eighteen" to his nearly 9.5 million followers. The post, which garnered over 29,000 re-Tweets in eight hours, is now supposedly referring to the release date of his new album, "Yeezus."
While the performer never confirmed exactly what was happening on June 18 -- with many of his fans speculating that it was either the release date of his new album or the date that he'll welcome his first child with Kim Kardashian -- he now has some very different messages on the micro-blogging website.
The rapper Tweeted the release of his new song, "Black Skinhead," on May 17. In typical 'Ye fashion, the song wasn't just leaked online -- instead, it was projected around the world on 66 random buildings in various locations.
"NEW SONG AND VISUAL FROM MY NEW ALBUM BEING PROJECTED TONIGHT ACROSS THE GLOBE ON 66 BUILDINGS, LOCATIONS @ http://KANYEWEST.COM," he posted.
The video, which was a recorded performance by West and showcased his face as he rapped the song, was spotted on buildings in cities such as New York, Toronto, Chicago, Brooklyn, London, Paris, Berlin and more. Check out the song's premiere on a building in Brooklyn.
On Saturday May 18, the day of his "SNL" appearance, he Tweeted only the words "BLK SKN HEAD" in one Tweet, and "BLK SKN HEAD 2" in another. Each post had an accompanying photo that showcased the lyrics to the controversial song (WARNING -- photos contain expletives).
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