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Kanye West's 'Time' 100 Gala Performance Was One for the Ages

Watch the mag's new cover guy bust out an impassioned take on "Black Skinhead" and mingle with the flashy crowd for "Good Life" and "Gold Digger"

Kanye West, Time 100 cover dude, performed last night at the magazine's annual list-centric gala. From a well-done montage clip, we can see Yeezy standing stone-still still while rapping his new single's previously boisterous "all day, n---a" refrain over and over to a besuited room. Then he goes full-on Civil Rights speechifier during "Black Skinhead." It's powerful stuff. There's a montage clip above, and here's a standalone featuring the latter moment:

MissInfo's got more details on the event:

[Kanye] made a statement with several half-naked black men dressed in rags and white chalk walking out with him, and entered the stage to James Brown’s “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World”—then went immediately went into “All Day,” followed by “Black Skinhead,” “New Slaves” and “Blood on the Leaves.” Yeezus continued with “Runaway” and a captivating performance of “Only One.”

And yeah, "Runaway" contained the standard-issue Kanye "Runaway" live freestyle, this one about "so many, so many, so many so-called artists." 'Ye also rocked "Touch the Sky," "Good Life," and "Gold Digger" out and about with the crowd. A Time 100 Gala to tell the grandkids about.

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