You wouldn’t know it from this week’s promo, but Kanye West is never boring on SNL. ‘Ye has had a contentious relationship with the show since his second appearance in 2007 when he clumsily delivered a freestyle (Lorne hates those) during “Everything I Am.” The awkwardly sung “Love Lockdown” in his next stint was widely panned. In 2009, both Taylor Swift and Taylor Lautner got in shots at Yeezy’s controversial behavior during their host monologues, leading Kanye to rap “Fuck SNL and the whole cast” on “Power” the following year. And yet he showed up to debut “Black Skinhead” on the show in 2013. Then, the following season, SNL writers were pretty brutal to wifey in the first “Waking Up With Kimye.” For tonight’s Melissa McCarthy-hosted show, Yeezy brought along Young Thug, Kelly Price, The-Dream, A$AP Bari, and El Debarge for “High Lights” and Kirk Franklin and Chance The Rapper for The Life Of Pablo opener “Ultralight Beam.” (At the end of the latter Kanye said TLOP is out now, but it’s not yet.) Michael Che also got in an Update joke about the rapper’s latest worst ever tweet. Despite his brag in “High Lights” that he’s richer than Ray J, Kanye tweeted earlier tonight that he’s $53M in debt so hopefully everyone who tuned in will buy some Yeezy 1050s. Watch the performances and see SNL MVP Kyle Mooney destroy Kanye in a pre-taped rap battle sketch below.
Kyle Vs. Kanye Digital Short
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A bumper revealed that Future will be the SNL musical guest with host Jonah Hill on 3/5.
The Life Of Pablo is out soon probably?
UPDATE: It’s finally here!