Kanye performed two new songs on Saturday Night Live from his upcoming album. Both are dark racially charged tracks titled “New Slaves” and “Black Skinhead.”
Popular Rap seems to be going in a darker direction. If you want to count it, you could say Nicki Minaj got weird first with “Roman’s Revenge.” Azealia Banks followed with her spooky track “Yung Repunxel,” and though there are probably more examples inbetween, Kanye is taking a similar route with these songs but on a much bigger and more intense issue.
Personally, I think it’s awesome he’s speaking out about racism and feels that he’s finally in a place in his career that he can. I hope that it’s well received in the general public. At least in Brooklyn, it seems to be generally liked, although Brooklyn isn’t exactly the general public.