Kanye West Premieres New Music, Rants About Celebrity At Surprise Show

Kanye West surprised fans in New York yesterday (May 15) with a secret show that featured new music from his upcoming album, as well as yet another epic rant on the politics of fame.

The performance took place at Adult Swim’s Upfront event at Roseland Ballroom in New York City, where the network teased their fall lineup. Kanye previously performed at the Adult Swim Upfront in 2008, where he was a couple hours late. This time, however, he actually started early, and performed for roughly 90 minutes inside/behind a translucent pyramid overtaking the stage, reports Billboard. Unsurprisingly, there were also projections of his own face as part of the stage design.

West performed old favorites like “Jesus Walks” and “All of the Lights” alongside new tracks off his upcoming album. Among the new tracks debuted was his auto-tuned love song to girlfriend/baby mama Kim Kardashian, which ‘Ye previously performed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met) Ball on May 6. In it, he sings, “Baby, you’re awesome/ Don’t let nobody bring you down.” The song ends with ‘Ye singing, “I’m awesome.”

Most videos of the performance have since been pulled from YouTube (under a copyright claim by IFPI, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry), but a few stragglers remain, including the below video of the aforementioned “Awesome” track.

Read more at Radio.com


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