Kanye West Performs “Highlights” and “Ultralight Beam” on ‘Saturday Night Live’
West and Thug were joined by The-Dream, El DeBarge, Kelly Price and A$AP Bari, who were all dressed in white as Yeezy performed the Auto-Tune-heavy record live during the sketch comedy show, hosted by actress Melissa McCarthy, in New York on Saturday night (Feb. 13). "I bet me and Ray J would be friends/If we ain't love the same bitch/Yeah, he might have hit it first/Only problem is I'm rich," rapped Kanye while dressed in Balmain.
In a surprise second performance, Kanye chose "Ultralight Beam" as his next track (the spelling of both songs has been confirmed through the final tracklist), bringing along with him Franklin, Kelly Price, The-Dream and Chance The Rapper for the set. The spirited performance closed out the show. Backed by a choir, 'Ye and Chance shine as they drop their respective verses. When Kirk came in, Kanye laid on the floor to receive the sermon.
In another sketch on the show, SNL's Kyle Mooney freestyle-battled West backstage. West used his verse on "I Miss That Old Kanye" off T.L.O.P. in the battle. Watch it below.
Fans got to hear "Highlights" last Thursday (Feb. 11) during Kanye's T.L.O.P. album listening. Nearly 20,000 fans were in attendance to get an early listen to the Southside Chicago native's upcoming album and see the unveiling of Yeezy Season 3 collection at the sold-out event. Thugger, along with Vic Mensa, debuted new music at the album listening too. Over 20 million people reportedly attempted to watch the live stream of the show at its peak.
The Life of Pablo was supposed to come out yesterday (Feb. 12) but it has been postponed due to Chance The Rapper. Kanye revealed the news on Twitter. “It’s Chance’s fault the album not out yet… he really wanted “Waves” on that Bitch… we in the lab now,” West wrote. Chance tweeted a bit later why he's holding up the LP. “I fought everyone to keep ‘Waves’ on the album. I spent all night finishing it. The world is better because of it,” the Chicago native tweeted.
West later tweeted that "in a few hours the journey begins" so hopefully the new LP will drop soon. Kanye dropped "30 Hours" plus the new tracklist for The Life of Pablo yesterday. Last year in February, 'Ye debuted "Wolves" with Sia and Vic Mensa during the three-and-a-half hour SNL 40th anniversary special.
Watch "Highlights" above and witness "Ultralight Beam" and Yeezy's rap battle below.