Thank you, SNL for showing us that we need a Kanye West / Kim Kardashian talk show in our lives. Props to Jay Pharoah for another on point impression. The show's host, Lady Gaga, also appears in the sketch. Watch and enjoy ICYMI.
Saturday Night Live last night might've been the best episode of the season. The episode stars the phenomenal actress Kerry Washington from Scandal with musical guest Eminem. Three segments stuck out in my mind. The first, "My Girl", is a spoof of Ylvis' The Fox. The second was the opening skit to the night's episode that pokes fun at SNL's lack of having a black female cast member which was very interesting as Kerry Washington plays various black women celebrities in a span of seconds. The third segment involves Barack Obama's approval ratings. Check out the three skits below and the full episode as well. Enjoy!
Eminem just took the stage on SNL and performed the first two singles off MMLP2: "Berzerk" and "Survival".
Rick Rubin was the surprise DJ for "Berzerk", Skylar Grey brought the hook on "Survival" to life, and Mr. Porter acted as Em's hype man in both performances.
I thought the "Survival" performance was the better of the two, probably because "Berzerk" has so many studio-produced vocals that Em had to lip-sync the chorus and possibly even parts of the verses. Skylar set the tone on "Survival" with her booming rendition of the hook and I found new appreciation for Em's last verse after seeing it performed tonight. Watch both performances ICYMI!
Shoutout to the homie Curt Chambers — the talented singer/songwriter/guitarist, who did the lattter for Em tonight.
Today the November 2nd lineup for SNL was announced and none other than Eminem will be the musical guest. This should come as no surprise given Em's history with SNL (last performing in 2010 with Lil Wayne) and the release of his upcoming Marshall Mathers LP 2 on November 5th. The host will be Kerry Washington.
To take it back to that last time Em was on SNL, enjoy his appearance on the Weekend Update. Perhaps we'll see Marshall in a sketch as well. My early prediction for what he performs: "Berzerk" and "Rap God". Wait, those are pretty much the only tracks out. But both would be great fits for Saturday night.
SNL comedian Jay Pharaoh parodies Kanye West in "I Am A DOG" an indirect reference to Ye's "Black Skinhead" music video as Pharaoh puts his impersonation abilities to use as he rhymes over the "I Am A God" instrumental off the Yeezus album. Pharaoh is a great impersonator, lets hope there's more gems like these in his downtime before the SNL cast begins recording new shows for their upcoming season.
Up above: Kanye's first performance "Black Skinhead". Down below, his performance of "New Slaves". My first thoughts: more musical evolution from Kanye West. Vibing with the sound and the aesthetics. What did you think of the performances?
UPDATED Thoughts: After sitting with "Black Skinhead" especially and digesting the lyrics (handwritten by 'Ye below), I have come to a point where I'm liking it more with each listen. My first experience was just appreciating the visuals and the heavy, heavy metal influence in the song's sound. The seizure-inducing flashes behind 'Ye, with silhouettes of his ensemble behind him were both amazing. Not to mention Yeezy's "All Black Everything", save for the new red Air Yeezys.
Lyrically, Kanye is comin' back with a clear message and disdain for society, especially when it comes to the racism he not only sees but experiences. The King Kong reference cleverly drives it home for me in "Black Skinhead", with the song as a whole feeling like an independence anthem. Likely because it feels like Kanye is creating from that place of complete, unfiltered freedom. Just as much as ever, you can feel Kanye's soul pour out in his words, with no barrier in between.
For my initial thoughts on "New Slaves", check out my experience and video of the Wrigley Field premiere. As far as tonight's performance goes, the sound sounds even more crisp as one would expect. I thought the first few bars would be delivered more intensely but it set up a nice contrast to the rest of the song. 'Ye being completely still, his stare fixated into space, was magnificent.
Other fun/little things I liked: the LeBron 'Akron' reference in "Black Skinhead" actually made me want to root for LeBron (for just a minute, hah!), the Romans/Trojans punchlines, and Mano embodying the #TreatedCrew steez by wilin' out in the background of both performances.
And overall, what else can I say? 'Ye's got the performance game down to a constantly evolving and creative level. Tonight, he stole the show from Ben Affleck, Amy Poehler's guest appearance, and Bill Hader's final episode (Fred Armisen's too?). #YeezySeason, indeed.
Here are the three SNL promo ads running this week, leading up to the season finale this Saturday — hosted by Ben Affleck with, of course, Kanye West as the musical guest. All of these inspired some chuckles, but no doubt I'm not tuning in Saturday because of the laughs (no slight to Affleck, he's good) but I'll be dialed up to see what Kanye performs. Lots of speculation about a new album announcement or even a premiere of a new song. What do you think it will be?
Doesn't this look like an SNL promo shot?! Well, spoiler alert: it's from Google images. But thought it was appropriate to associate with the announcement that Kendrick Lamar is going to be an SNL musical guest for the first time on January 26th. Adam Levine of Maroon 5 will be hosting that night, leaving a slimmer of hope that they strike a friendship and want to collab in the studio. (That really would be a crossover smash). Hopeful wishes aside, it'll be great to see K. Dot on the SNL stage later this month.