Almost three years after his very theatrical performances of "Power" and "Runaway," Kanye West returned to 'Saturday Night Live' last night to debut two brand new songs from his upcoming album Yeezus.
In contrast to the ballerina-laden, elaborately staged performances of the previously mentioned songs, West took to a darkened stage on Saturday for an almost minimalist performance of two very different songs, "Black Skinhead," and "New Slaves."
"Black Skinhead," an angry song featuring what Daft Punk's Thomas Bangalter called "primal screaming," came first. You can watch the video of that performance here.
The second song of the night was "New Slaves," which West previously debuted this weekend by projecting a video of himself rapping/singing the video onto buildings in 66 cities worldwide. The song, which in this incarnation was missing its Frank Ocean-sung outro, will likely be the album's first single.
You can check out West's performance on "New Slaves" here.
Host Ben Affleck introduced West as "the man," and "the one you're all here to see." In my case, that was certainly the truth; I only tuned into SNL for the new Kanye music -- though the episode actually managed to be quite touching, with its goodbyes to main cast members Bill Hader, Fred Armisen, and Jason Sudeikis providing some rather emotional moments.
West's songs were certainly a departure from his softer, more lushly produced material from 2010's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.
"Black Skinhead" and "New Slaves" will both be on West's upcoming album Yeezy, which is slated to be released on June 18.