The strangest, most meandering album rollout in history finally reached its (ultralight) peak on Saturday night when Kanye West performed two (brilliant) new songs on Saturday Night Live and announced his album was finally available to download at the end. That hyperactive announcement, with West bouncing to his feet after the completion of "Ultralight Beam" and hurriedly telling people to go to his website and Tidal before lapsing into a series of growls, was maybe the funniest moment of the entire show. The hilarity was only compounded by the fact that most fans had to wait 'til nearly 3 a.m. (or just this morning) for the website/download of The Life Of Pablo to actually work.
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West first performed "Highlights" (which also included the "Low Lights" intro) with guests Young Thug, Kelly Price, The-Dream, El Debarge and Kirk Franklin. Watch it below.
Then he showed up later when Kyle Mooney revealed a long-held passion for rapping, and worked up the courage to challenge West in a rap battle. Whether or not West slayed Mooney with his "I Love Kanye" freestyle, at least now we know Mooney was really, really, really, really good at breakdancing and moonwalking as a kid.
Then West performed the gospel-tinged "Ultralight Beam," joined once again by guests Chance the Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin, The-Dream and El Debarge. It was all the more powerful because West ceded the stage for much of the performance to his denim-draped collaborators, without anyone forgetting for a second that this was the latest in a long line of classic West SNL performances.
As for the actual, sprawling 18-track album, you can stream it or buy it here on Tidal.
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