You’ve probably seen this. But just in case you haven’t: here’s Kanye West performing his new song “Runaway” with a ballet troupe and Pusha T on Saturday Night Live. Against a heavenly white-draped set (that’s my big question: was this in fact in front of the studio audience, or fed in on a screen? I hope people got to see it live), dressed like Eddie Murphy in Delirious, Kanye proved why he’s the most captivating pop star on the planet right now. He also performed “Power,” with choreography reminiscent of the nude album cover of Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Ladyland. That was terrific, too. But since “Runaway” came out a couple weeks ago, I just can’t stop listening to it. It’s so defiant and sad all at the same time. It’s like a hip-hop “Behind Blue Eyes.”
Not kidding about the outfit.
Or the comparison to The Who.