Kanye West delivers problematic monologue on SNL
|Toronto Star 01 Oct 2018 at 08:31|
Like many of West’s recent actions, the performance instantly became an issue. Questlove, the drummer for the Roots, the group that also serves as the in-house band for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, wrote on Twitter: “Welp.” He pointed his followers to Rock’s video and added: “I’m going to sleep. I’m done man. Done.”
Producer Swizz Beatz, in a video post, addressed West in unkind (and mostly unprintable) terms. “You’ve got to stop,” he said, arguing that Trump was “blatantly hurting our people.”
West has found himself at odds with many of his hip-hop peers since he visited with Trump in 2016 after the election, and reaffirmed his appreciation for him earlier this year. “You don’t have to agree with trump but the mob can’t make me not love him,” he wrote on Twitter in April. “I don’t agree with everything anyone does. That’s what makes us individuals. And we have the right to independent thought.”
Some conservatives, including Trump, have praised West for his position. “Thank you Kanye for your support,” he wrote on Twitter. “It is making a big difference!” And he spoke up on Twitter on Sunday, calling the show “no longer funny” and a “political ad for the Dems,” but giving a shout out to West. “Word is that Kanye West, who put on a MAGA hat after the show (despite being told “no”), was great. He’s leading the charge!”
“Ye,” one of a string of albums West had his hand in this summer, opened at No. 1 on the Billboard chart in June, but faded soon after. West said that he would follow up the release with yet another album, “Yandhi,” which he said would be available Saturday night. As of early Sunday, the album had not yet materialized.
On Saturday Night Live, West performed three songs, instead of the standard two, including “I Love It,” his new single featuring Lil Pump, and “Ghost Town,” featuring Kid Cudi and 070 Shake, from “Ye.” He was also joined by singer and dancer Teyana Taylor for an unreleased number.
But after the third one, which aired during the credits, he seemed determined to make a nonmusical moment. “They’re laughing at me,” he said. “You heard them? They screamed at me. They bully me. They bullied me backstage. They said, ‘Don’t go out there with that hat on.’ They bullied me backstage. They bullied me.”