Kanye West continues his European run of live TV performances, moving from England to France as he performs "Black Skinhead" on Le Grand Journal. He's once again accompanied by Mano and Mike Dean, who give this Yeezus cut another fresh spin with the added piano. The performance is presented in black and white as we see 'Ye spaz on stage in usual great fashion. This time, he even performs while laying on the ground. One can't not vibe with 'Ye's max. energy here. Enjoy this one above and be sure to also watch his recent performances late last week below.
There were so many highlights in these two performances that I'll list 'em below.
- Charlie Wilson's impromptu singing in "New Slaves" and the natural chemistry he and Kanye have.
- Kanye's blank stares upward.
- Kanye's improved ending to his second verse.
- This shot.
- The quality of shots and cuts, combined with the dark lighting and spotlights throughout. Jools Holland is on the top tier of performance presentation amongst other mainstream outlets.
- The various levels of autotune that 'Ye experiments with in "Blood On The Leaves"
- This ending.
- And, overall, the amazing artistry on display. All of Kanye's Yeezus performances thus far have brought the song to life and given it an extra level of energy that reminds us why 'Ye is hands-down one of the elite performers in the game. I couldn't be more excited about the Yeezus tour comin' to town.
Out in the U.K. right now, Kanye West stopped by Jools Holland and was accompanied by Charlie Wilson for another live performance of "Bound 2" (following up on last week's on Fallon) and this was another great one of one of everyone's favorite tracks off Yeezus. Per usual with 'Ye, you feel him feel the music. "Bound 2" was also enhanced by Charlie Wilson's free flowing singing and how the camera captured 'Ye up close and Charlie in the background. You'll also notice in the background Mike Dean and Chi-Town's own Mano, which really worked visually as well. Watch above ICYMI!
Well, I'm sure no one saw this coming. Frequent Kanye collaborator and producer on the original "Watch The Throne" has confirmed via Twitter that Watch The Throne 2 is a thing that will exist sometime in the near future. 'Ye and Jay have basically been at the top since the first one came out, I guess they're afraid of losing that number one spot and need to keep the attention up. Either that or they are scrambling to build some trust funds for the baby girls each of them just had. Smart move on their part; college is expensive these days.
The new single off the upcoming album, Hall Of Fame, due out August 27th. Gonna listen and update with commentary after Game 6!
UPDATE: Game over. Blackhawks WIN!
But to the topic at hand:
Single potential. Fun beat and one that Sean is readily adapting to with a smooth flow and good story. Jhene is soothing on the hook and Weezy is a nice fit on this one as well. So off the first listen...