Kanye West performed two new songs on Saturday Night Live as he celebrated the launch of new album ‘The Life Of Pablo’.
West appeared on the show as musical guest. Comedy actress Melissa McCarthy was the host and introduced the rapper as he performed new song ‘High Lights’ alongside Young Thug, El DeBarge, Kelly Price, and The-Dream. His second song, ‘Ultra Light Beam’ also featured Kelly Price and The-Dream as well as Kirk Franklin, Chance The Rapper and a full gospel choir.
In addition to the live performances, West appeared in a sketch alongside SNL’s Kyle Mooney. In the bit, which can be seen below, Mooney challenges West to a rap battle.
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‘The Life Of Pablo’ is officially out now. The album was released following West’s appearance on Saturday Night Live last night (February 13) and is available to steam and download now. The album can be purchased and streamed via Tidal.
‘The Life Of Pablo’ has 18 tracks and features Frank Ocean, Chance the Rapper, Rihanna, Future, Ty Dolla $ign, Young Thug, The-Dream, Kid Cudi, Kirk Franklin, Post Malone, Kelly Price, and more.
West launched his new album with a listening party and fashion show at New York’s Madison Square Garden on Thursday night (February 11). The arena event marked the launch of West’s Yeezy Season 3 range with Adidas and the première of his new album.
Earlier this week, West announced that his new album’s current title bears the initials ‘TLOP’, revealing that the letters stand for ‘The Life Of Pablo’. West has since explained that Pablo is a reference to St Paul The Apostle, sometimes referred to as Pablo.
The album features a controversial lyric about Taylor Swift which the pop singer has condemned as “misogynistic”. West has subsequently defended his lyrics and claimed that Swift approved the words on ‘Famous’ in advance.
West’s seventh LP previously went by the names ‘Waves’, ‘Swish’ and ‘So Help Me God’. Initially announced as ‘So Help Me God’ in March 2015, West then changed his album’s title to ‘Swish’ a few months later in May 2015. Just a couple of weeks prior to the album’s official release though, West changed the name again to ‘Waves’. West took to Twitter to confirm the album’s current title as ‘The Life Of Pablo’.