Pin It
Kanye West snl
Kanye West performs on NBC’s Saturday Night LiveCourtesy NBC

Watch Kanye West’s first live Life Of Pablo performance

The rapper debuted ‘Highlights’ and ‘Ultra Light Beam’ on Saturday Night Live

It’s felt like one of the most crazed and chaotic album releases in recent memory. After four flipflops over the title, a headline-grabbing fashion show and some sporadic bursts of enraged Twitter-ing, Kanye West has finally set loose the long-awaited The Life Of Pablo – his first full-length release in over two years. 

To celebrate, the rapper and designer headed to Saturday Night Live to perform two tracks from the record. Opening the show with “Highlights” (the one that includes the tender “I bet me and Ray J would be friends / If we ain't love the same bitch” moment), West was joined by Young Thug, El Debarge, Price and The-Dream. See below:

The second performance was Pablo’s opening track, “Ultralight Beam”, which saw West sneak off stage left and get replaced by The-Dream, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin and Chance the Rapper. Towards the end of the song, the rapper announced that the album was officially out. “Kanye West dot com right now,” he shouted. “Tidal streaming right now.”

The performances came during another busy weekend on Twitter, which saw the rapper admit to being $53 million in debt. Since then, he has publicly reached out to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and asked him to invest an extra billion into his work. “You love hip hop, you love my art... I am your favorite artist but you watch me barely breathe and still play my album in your house,” he wrote this morning. 

“I’m this generation's Disney… I want to bring dope shit to the world… I don’t have enough resources to create what I really can…”

See all the tweets below: