With Jimmy Fallon hosting U2 and Lady Gaga on his first week away from The Late Show, newcomer Seth Meyers also had to bring in a big musical guest for his debut week. Kanye West, who at this point has many memorable late night TV appearances under his belt, showed up for an interview and performance, and neither disappointed. Watch videos of both below.
Kanye West interview on Seth Meyers 2.25.2014:
Kanye West medley of "Jesus Walks," "Touch The Sky," "Stronger," "Heartless," "All The Lights," "Mercy" and "Black Skinhead" on Seth Meyers 2.25.2014:
In the interview, Meyers speaks to West about his freshly-completed Yeezus tour, the mask he wore during the first half of shows on said tour, and his position in the world as an artist. Compared to his last late night appearance, a tense interview with Jimmy Kimmel, West seemed jovial and considerate, though he still let fly some of the grandiose word bombs he's become known for. The best of these came when Meyers asked him about the differences between making music and fine art, a question most would probably struggle to answer, but not Kanye. "Everything in the world is exactly the same," he replied, offering no other explanation.
Some other noteworthy quotes that you'll probably hear remixed on YouTube in a few weeks were as follows.
On his mask: "The mask is great, it's freeing."
On his art: "I give you sonic paintings... I just want to use marble and make sculptures."
On his style of art: "[I'm] a very punk, forward artist."
On why he does talk shows: "So you guys can have an 'ERRRK' in the Matrix."
West then took the stage for a medley of his hits, performing snippets of "Jesus Walks," "Touch The Sky," "Stronger," "Heartless," "All The Lights," "Mercy" and "Black Skinhead." It was a fairly quick run through of a decade-long career, but West exuded enough energy throughout to make his set entertaining and cohesive.
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