Kanye West Debuts Controversial 'Black Skinhead' on SNL

05/20/2013
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(Radio.com) A day after debuting new song "New Slaves" on the sides of 66 buildings in major cities around the world, Kanye West took the Saturday Night Live stage to showcase the song, as well as another new one, "Black Skinhead." The tracks serve as the first taste of 'Ye's new album, Yeezus, which is expected for release June 18.

Following Kanye's since-deleted "June 18″ tweet (and a slew of non-confirmation confirmations), Kim Kardashian appeared to confirm the release date and title with an Instagram photo showing the album's packaging yesterday.

Leading up to his SNL performances, West appeared apathetic. In episode promos, he seemed dead-eyed and uninterested alongside host Ben Affleck, having already made his thoughts about SNL fairly clear at a surprise show earlier this week, announcing that he wouldn't be doing any skits on the show ("Hell nah, I ain't doin no motherf***ing SNL skits. This is my godd*** life. This ain't no motherf***ing joke).

"Ladies and gentlemen, here he is, the man you came to see: Kanye West," Ben Affleck, host of the episode, announced before Kanye launched into "Black Skinhead". The primal screams Daft Punk's Thomas Bangalter mentioned being a thing on West's new album? He's right, and they can be found on this atmospheric new song, which sounds to sample Marilyn Manson's "Beautiful People."

"Pardon me getting my scream on," he shouted over intense strings, driving drums and images of barking dogs. "Black Skinhead" started and ended with a stamp carrying the words "NOT FOR SALE" projected onto the back wall of the SNL stage. Watch the performance and read more here.

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