Saturday Night Live
Date: May 18, 2013
Music performed: "Black Skinhead" and "New Slaves"
Kanye performed on the Saturday Night Live season finale for the fifth time in his career and brought his new visuals with him. With the exception of private performances for Adult Swim's Upfront and the Met Gala, this is the first time the world got to see him perform new material in its entirety from the new album, Yeezus.
The backdrop for both songs featured flashing images of vintage price-tags (saying "Not For Sale," "1/2 Price," "New Taste," and more), rottweilers (reminiscent of the Watch the Throne visuals), the same KKK-looking hats from his "Runaway" video (this time in black), and a previously recorded visual of his eyes that took over the screen. It was a simpler approach than the one he took in 2010, but it was just as effective in signaling his return, and, you know, #YeezySeason.