After hosting Amy Poehler and Vice President Joe Biden on his first episode of Late Night, Seth Meyers welcomed Kanye West to the show for an extended interview and a retrospective performance. In the interview section of his appearance, West touches on a variety of familiar topics–fashion, creativity, breaking down walls, etc. The interview also found West talking about fatherhood. When asked if his new album would be more kid-friendly, West responded, “”If you sat down and talked to Quentin Tarantino, [and asked] like, ‘Are you going to make G-rated movies?’ It’s Quentin Tarantino.” We’ll take that as a no.
Watch Kanye West Crack Jokes and Perform on Seth Meyers
The most refreshing part of the interview came toward the end when Meyers aired a clip of a sketch that Kanye had allegedly pitched to SNL writers in 2007. The premise of the sketch was that Kanye would interrupt a variety of acceptance speeches including the Nobel awards and a state fair pumpkin growing contest. The clip shows that West actually has a sense of humor and is capable of laughing at himself–a nice reminder after his notorious Yeezus press tour.
Later in the show, West performed a career-spanning medley that featured a track from each one of his albums. After recently celebrating the 10th anniversary of College Dropout, West started the medley with “Jesus Walks” before moving on to “Touch the Sky,” “Stronger,” “Heartless,” “All Of the Lights,” “Mercy” and “Black Skinhead.”
Interview – Part 1
Interview – Part 2
Unaired SNL Sketch
Kanye’s Career-Spanning Medley
Article by Jason Schellhardt