There’s an old saying: find someone who loves you the way Kanye loves Kanye. Never was that more true than last night when the self-loving man himself made a surprise appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! to promote his new album and accompanying IMAX movie, Jesus is King. Of course, Kanye being Kanye, what should have been a quick promotional appearance became a long, weird, rambling speech. Frankly, we’re surprised he didn’t end it by saying, “Thank you for coming to my TED talk.”
The appearance began with him stepping out on stage to the tune of his old hit “Jesus Walk” as if he were a WWE wrestler, wearing a hoodie and jeans where his cell phone was visibly poking through his pocket (BTW, his phone password is “000000”).
After Jimmy showed an adorable clip of Kanye and Kim’s daughter North dancing to a clip of the IMAX movie, Jimmy didn’t even get a chance to ask Kanye a question before the rapper launched into a long, meandering speech about who he is, his views on the world, and the Medici family for some reason. He focused a lot on his newfound faith, which is cool, but didn’t always keep to that thread.
Kanye, look, we’re really happy for you, and Imma let you finish, but 2009 Kanye had the best nonsensical speech of all time.
“I have four children, I’ve been married for five years,” he said to a round of cheers from the audience in reference to Kim Kardashian, “and my perspective, because you know you asked me a question last year, did having a daughter change my life. I’ve completely turned around from what my perspective was last year to what it is now.” By that does he mean this? Or this? Or possibly this?
Maybe he has changed. Where’s the old pompous, self-aggrandizing Kanye we’ve come to know?
Then Jimmy commented that it’s pretty cool his IMAX film is making church fun again for young people, and Kanye replied, “I know.”
Annnnnnd there he is.
Then he inexplicably called out a gentle old man named Dave Johnson sitting in the audience who had won a nearly $300 million lottery jackpot and was wearing a Gucci jacket (same, man), impluing the man was spending his money on status symbols, adding, “I got a cheap-a** hoodie on and I’m a billionaire.” Um, Kanye, isn’t that a 10-karat phat gold rope chain around your neck? But we digress…
His one uplifting moment came when he tried to galvanize the black community, “We are orphans in this country, so we have no fathers to really show us how to maintain who we are,” which was met with massive cheers. That was nice, and in stark contrast to the aforementioned comments from last year, mostly surrounding his rant about slavery being “a choice.” So maybe he is changing, but slowly.
Oh and BTW, Jesus is King dropped at midnight? JK JK JK
To my fans
Thank you for being loyal & patient
We are specifically fixing mixes on “Everything We Need” “Follow God” & “Water”
We not going to sleep until this album is out!
— ye (@kanyewest) October 25, 2019