Kanye West debuted the songs Ultralight Beam and High Lights On Saturday Night Live, February 13.
He brought along special guests The Dream, Young Thug, Chance the Rapper, El Debarge, Kirk Franklin and Kelly Price, making the performance even more memorable.
What fans didn’t realize while enjoying the show is that is almost didn’t happen. Angry about changes to the set, the combustible rapper threatened not to perform during an epic meltdown.
West compared himself to Stanley Kubrick, Pablo Escobar, Pablo Picasso and Paul the Apostle during the tirade by saying he was more influential than all of them by 50 percent. He also dissed Taylor Swift.
“Look at that sh!t – they took my f*cking stage off of SNL without asking me,” West says.
“Now I’m bummed. That and Taylor Swift, fake a$$. Now I ain’t gonna do this. We’re breaking the motherf*cking internet. I went through six years of this f*cking sh!t. Let’s get to it, bro. Let’s get to it, bro,” he continues.
Are they f*cking crazy? Whoa, by 50 percent. Stanley Kubrick, Picasso, Apostle Paul, f*cking Picasso and Escobar. By 50 percent more influential than any other human being.”
The yelling continued: “Don’t f*ck with me. Don’t f*ck with me. Don’t f*ck with me,” he warns.
By 50 percent dead or alive, by 50 percent for the next 1,000 years. Stanley Kubrick. ‘Ye.”
SNL guru Lorne Michaels was finally able to calm Yeezy down and he eventually took the stage.
A source explained to Entertainment Weekly that the “Jesus Walks” hit maker was caught off guard by the set changes that were made without his knowledge 30 minutes before he was to perform.
“He did not yell at SNL staff. The audio was secretly recorded while he was venting his frustration in a private moment with his team.” The source said.
“The stage design was taken apart anyone’s approval. He had spent an entire day rehearsing and [put] a lot of hard work into the performance.
Dramatic set changes were made 30 minutes before going live.
It should be understandable why he was upset after being completely blindsided.”
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