*Instead of doing a traditional set on “Late Night With Seth Meyers” on Tuesday, guest Kanye West gave the host a career-spanning greatest hits performance on Meyers’ second night on the air.
In silhouette, Yeezy started out with “Jesus Walks,” then quickly moved into “Touch The Sky,” “Stronger,” “Heartless,” “All of the Lights,” “Mercy” and “Black Skinhead” before wrapping with a strobe light and a toss of the mic stand before exiting the stage.
In his pre-performance interview, ‘Ye said that ending the Yeezus tour on Sunday night was kind of a melancholy affair. “I thought it went really good and it’s kind of sad when it’s over,” said the rapper, sporting black leather pants, brown boots and a white short sleeved shirt. “You put to much into it and so many people are excited to see it. It’s fun to express something that you created.”
Asked to describe the difference between how he approaches fashion design and music-making, Kanye said, “Everything in the world is exactly the same.” Caught off guard, Meyers joked, “Okay, great. I don’t think we’re done, but I’m going to sign off.”
The actual explanation, though, was much more complicated, touching on: Daniel Day Lewis, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, your favorite eighth grade teacher, synesthesia, architecture, “sonic paintings,” Michelangelo and the frustration of being a celebrity who just wants to use marble to create sculptures.
“No you can’t do this, you have to do this kind of [fashion] line,” West clarified, as Meyers sat intently staring with a look of concentration on his face. “I’m in the process of breaking down walls people will understand 10 years, 20 years from now.”
In a deft pivot, Meyers then shifted the focus to the recent 10-year anniversary
of “The College Dropout,” commenting that final song “Last Call” is similar to Kanye’s current thoughts on being ahead of his time. “You sort of tell the story [on that song] of how everybody told you you couldn’t make that album,” Meyers said. “It’s like you made a movie and put the DVD commentary on the movie when it was released. The album’s not even out and you recorded a song basically saying, ‘It’s a hit, it worked.'”
Kanye also said being a dad to baby North will definitely change his artistic approach. No, he won’t be the hip-hop Wiggles, but he will make, “artistic, intellectual, kid-friendly songs … If you think about the Yeezus album, cursing was definitely necessary,” West said. “It’d be like if you talked to Quentin Tarantino [and saying], ‘Are you gonna make G-rated movies?’ It’s Quentin Tarantino!”
Watch a portion of the interview below. View his performance here.