Admittedly I used to be one of those folks that easily listed Kanye West as one of my top five rappers of all time. “Bring Me Down” feat. Brandy from his Late Registration album was always a track I’d point to as evidence of his genius and I would repeatedly tell my friends that when it comes to music, the man could do no wrong. But something changed and my feelings started to sway sometime circa Yeezus. Kim Kardashian was in the picture by then and it almost seemed as if West wanted fans to praise her like she was the modern day Mother Mary. In addition, the music was different. And although I still have love in my heart for tracks like “Blood On The Leaves” and “Guilt Trip”, West’s music was noticeably teetering on the thin line between genius and insanity and unfortunately this trip he has seem to have been on since then isn’t the good kind, it’s the scary kind.
Fast forward to 2018 and I don’t think I’ll be flying the friendly skies with Air Kanye again. There’s been pro-Trump rants, the manic release of albums from artists on his GOOD Music label such as Teyana Taylor and Pusha T that seem more like he has some kind of quota to meet than an attempt at releasing classic projects. As much as I am a fan of artists like Teyana Taylor and Kid Cudi, I can’t exactly say any of the releases were memorable or on repeat.
Which brings us to his performance on SNL last night. To his credit, Kanye West wasn’t originally scheduled to be a guest performer on the late night comedy sketch show. Ariana Grande was originally scheduled to appear, but due to some personal issues she’s experiencing she pulled out and Lorne Michaels tagged Yeezy in. West is no stranger to the SNL stage having appeared in six precious episodes as well as the 40th anniversary special. West brought out Lil’ Pump for a performance of “I Love It.” Teyana Taylor joined him onstage for “We Got Love” and finally West closed out with “Ghost Town” a track off his own “Ye” album.
But what is a Kanye West performance without a rant? Shortly after the final song, West rocking his bright red MAGA hat, began rambling about his Superman cape and “The Sunken Place”, while encouraging viewers to follow their hearts (not their minds). West once again defended his support for Trump and called out the malicious hidden agenda of the Democratic party to “take fathers out of the home and promote welfare”:
“So many times I talk to a white person and [they] say, ‘How could you like Trump, he’s racist?’ Well, if I was concerned about racism I would have moved out of America a long time ago.”
Chris Rock captured the whole thing on his Instagram story and be heard laughing in the background as many others more than likely were from their living room couches last night. Only a few audience members applauded, but SNL cast members for the most part just appear shocked and startled.
I honestly think music is just a front for this man at this point and his real goal is just to make headlines. He did bring up the possibility of a presidential run again. Either way I’m exhausted.
If you’ve got some extra time today and feel the need to regurgitate the “Make Kanye Great Again” argument with your friends, you can view footage of the rant and his not so refreshing performance below: