Kanye West Gives Bold Performance at TIME 100 Gala [VIDEO]
Like most of his performances, the rapper-producer tends to do the unexpected. During his 20-minute bold set, West performed in military garb and was surrounded by half-dressed black men in rags and donning white chalk. We're guessing that he was making a political statement with his performance.
According to TIME, Yeezy entered the stage to James Brown’s “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World” before launching his set with an uncensored rendition of “All Day.” For all of the stuffy suits that were in attendance, this had to be a little jarring. He then rapped three songs from his 2013 LP Yeezus, including “New Slaves,” before moving to other songs like “Runaway” and his lullaby ballad “Only One.” West finished his set with the classics like “Gold Digger" and “Good Life.”
The Chicago rhymer left a big impression on the audience, which included tech leaders, entertainers, athletes and activists. “He was great,” said Frozen songwriter Kristen Anderson-Lopez. “We write very different kinds of music, but I can respect the truth of what he’s saying.”
Now that’s why Kanye West is one of the most influential artists in the music industry.
Prior to his performance, he and his wife, Kim Kardashian, were victims of a prank by comedian Amy Schumer, who faked a fall right at their feet. The couple apparently wasn't amused by Schumer's tomfoolery on the red carpet. Watch what happened below.