Kanye West Performs And Addresses Yeezy Season 4 Criticism At NYFW Party

After making several stops on his Saint Pablo tour and debuting his Yeezy Season 4 collection, Kanye West capped off a busy week by attending Harper’s Bazaar’s annual ICONS party at the Plaza Hotel, a New York Fashion Week event hosted by Carine Roitfeld. As he and his wife Kim Kardashian are currently gracing the cover of the magazine’s September ICONS issue, they were the evening’s guests of honor, and Kanye took the stage to perform hits like “Famous,” “All Of The Lights,” and “Runaway” for the assembled industry insiders. But as he did on Thursday night in Washington DC, the AP reports, Kanye ended his set by addressing the widespread criticism of Yeezy Season 4.

“At the beginning of this performance I tried my best to not try. No, I tried to listen to all the reports and shit and I tried my best to stop trying,” he began. “But I just couldn’t do it! I couldn’t stop! No matter what they write, I just couldn’t stop! I appreciate y’all going on this journey for me. I appreciate all the years y’all put up with me learning in front of you and listening to the music at the same time. I appreciate the moment when Carine [Roitfeld] put her friend on the cover — no, not this moment — I’m talking about when she put Tom Ford on the cover. And all you motherfuckers were like, ‘Oh, Carine (is) over!’ She’s a motherfucking icon, though. There’s only one Carine.”

Then he literally dropped the mic and walked offstage to cheers from the crowd, abruptly ending his set. Find video of the performance below, along with footage of a similar rant during his DC show on Thursday and some tweets addressing the chilly reception of Yeezy Season 4.

Meanwhile, Taylor Swift was downtown for Tommy Hilfiger. They’re gonna run into each other eventually!

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