Kanye West On ‘SNL’: Was It “Akwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaard” For You?

Idolator Staff | October 3, 2010 11:50 am

Though we’ve come to believe that Kanye West is a wiser, more reflective person in the last year, we’re still never quite sure what’s going to happen when he gets near live television cameras. Which is why we couldn’t wait to see him return to SNL, the very show he blasts in his marching single “Power”. (Why was he upset with the show and its cast? Could’ve been the three different times they’ve mocked him). It seemed the tension hadn’t totally lifted: Even Kanye seemed to feel a little “Akwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaard”.

But he did exactly what you’re supposed to do on live television: create unforgettable moments. Funny how that’s become such a problem for the show’s cast, though, huh? Watch him rock “Power” (with a new verse!) and “Runaway” against a stunning white backdrop on the SNL set below:

For “Power”, Kanye created a modified version of the song’s video.

Kanye West — “Power”:

Grab the audio of the SNL performance here:

[wpaudio url=”//idolator.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/Kanye-West-Power-SNL-Version.mp3″ text=”Kanye West – Power (Live On SNL)”] For “Runaway”, Kanye began with the dancers in shadow before launching into the song, with backup from his G.O.O.D. Friday cohort Pusha T.

Kanye West — “Runaway”:

Let’s have a toast to Kanye’s performance, shall we? Even SNL alums approved. Did you?