Last night, Kanye West served at the surprise guest at the upfront party for Adult Swim, which went down at the New York venue Roseland. During his set, Kanye performed in a gigantic lit-up pyramid that somehow looked nothing like the Daft Punk pyramid, trotting out a couple of new songs, including one that Hudson Mohawke debuted in a DJ set recently and another, “Awesome,” dedicated to Kim Kardashian. And you know what that means: Shaky camera-phone footage! And you know what else that means: More ranting! Unfortunately, Kanye’s label has been quick about removing footage of the two new songs he played last night. But we do get to see the rant. And honestly, we call these things “rants,” but they always sound pretty reasonable to me. In this one, Kanye, one of the preeminent musicians of his generation, says that he’s the worst kind of celebrity, that he should be allowed to just make his music and have these fuckers with the cameras leave him alone. He uses more colorful language than that, but you know what? He’s right. Watch it below.
Kanye will be the musical guest on SNL this weekend, so hopefully these new songs won’t sound so muddy and mysterious for long.