Hours after announcing he was changing his name to "Ye," rapper Kanye West made headlines again with three attention-grabbing performances on the season premiere of "Saturday Night Live," followed by a political speech after the cameras stopped rolling.
The meme-worthy moments began with his first song, "I Love It." West and Lil Pump took the stage dressed as water bottles – West as Perrier, Pump as Fiji – as Adele Givens appeared on a screen in the background.
>> Watch the full performance here (WARNING: Graphic language.)
.@kanyewest and @lilpump perform "I Love It" in Studio 8H. #SNLPremiere pic.twitter.com/rZgvkzdvnX— Saturday Night Live - SNL (@nbcsnl) September 30, 2018
Suffice it to say, the bizarre wardrobe choices left many social media users scratching their heads.
I dont know how else to say this... Kanye and Lil Pump are performing as plastic bottles right now pic.twitter.com/sbzPwbKzjL— YP🦈 (@YoungPageviews) September 30, 2018
kanye west just made sure he is the topic of discussion for the week dressed as a bottle of perrier doing the worst shoot i ever seen in my life GENIUS pic.twitter.com/NN344gdAPL— KENNY (@phillycustoms) September 30, 2018
Does Kanye know he won't get paid for being in memes?— Frank Tantillo (@ftantillo) September 30, 2018
I’m watching Kanye on SNL and is it possible I inhaled some LSD pic.twitter.com/bN30Ps6nai— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) September 30, 2018
For his next performance, West ditched the kooky costume, opting for a more traditional look as he sang a new song, "We Got Love," with Teyana Taylor.
But West's clothing again drew attention when the rapper, clad in a "Make America Great Again" hat, closed the show with a performance of "Ghost Town" with Kid Cudi, Ty Dolla $ign and 070 Shake.
Kanye West closes #SNLPremiere with the Trump #MAGA hat. pic.twitter.com/Lh3xzjc6kd— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) September 30, 2018
According to The Daily Beast, West continued to get political after filming, giving a speech onstage that was captured in an Instagram video posted by comedian Chris Rock.
"There's so many times I talk to a white person about this and they say, 'How could you like Trump? He's racist,'" West said, the news outlet reported. "Well, uh, if I was concerned about racism I would've moved out of America a long time ago."
West also mentioned running for president in 2020.
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