Kanye West Performs New Songs at Surprise NYC Show, Rants About Paparazzi

Rapper hits the stage at Adult Swim upfront as he gives fans a dose of his new music

By Alexis L. Loinaz May 16, 2013 1:22 PMTags
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Well, hello there, Kanye West—very nice of you to drop by.

The rapper made a surprise appearance Wednesday night at the Adult Swim upfront in New York City, taking the stage to perform several new, yet-untitled songs before later unleashing a scathing verbal missive aimed squarely at the paparazzi.

And he sure made quite the dramatic entrance.

At Manhattan's Roseland Ballroom, Yeezy stepped onstage as he stood inside a 3-D pyramid projection and performed, among others, two new ditties: a kinetic, electro-festooned thumper, followed by a piano-laced ballad that he'd previously unveiled at the Met Gala and that many took to be a serenade to pregnant ladylove Kim Kardashian.

(Sample lyrics: "Baby, you're awesome / Don't let nobody bring you down / You're so awesome…I'd rather do nothing with you than something with somebody new.")


Kardashian herself gave props to her man, posting a photo of Yeezy's performance on her Instagram page, along with the caption: "My baby killin it tonight!!!!!"

Later, the rapper used the spotlight to detonate a livid tirade against the paparazzi

"I don't want nobody coming up to me with cameras and s--t, selling pictures to a f--king magazine, asking me dumb f--king questions," West—who recently had a heated exchange with a shutterbug— reportedly said, per The Huffington Post. "Because I'm not a motherf--king celebrity. I only make music that inspires you to be the best you can be. And I don't want anyone to ask anything else of me.

He also insisted that he wasn't planning to use his upcoming appearance on Saturday Night Live this weekend to try and sweeten his public persona.

"Someone asked me, 'When you do SNL, are you going to do a skit about the paparazzi and humanize yourself?'" he added. "What the f--k do I have to apologize for? When did I become inhuman? Or was it them demonizing me and harassing me that made me less than human?"

That Yeezy, you can always count on him to speak his mind.