“It’s Not a Joke What We Do up Here:” Watch Kanye’s Full Made in America Set
Watch Kanye West’s unmasked two-hour set at Philadelphia’s Budweiser Made In America festival.
Kanye West lit up Budweiser Made In America in Philly yesterday with a slew of Yeezus bangers (including "Blood On The Leaves" no less than twice), his remix of "I Don't Like," tributes to the newly nine-year-old Late Registration and, of course, his musings on life in the public eye and his mission to de-segregate music. You can watch the full show via the players above and below. Before launching into "New Slaves," Ye made sure to put emphasis on the fact he wasn't wearing a mask, insisting that the backdrop show an extreme close-up of his face without effects. After the song he preached, "People want to make a joke out of how hard we work, you know what I'm saying, whether it's South Park making a joke a long time ago about us going to the fashion shows, whether it's MTV recently making a joke...it's fine, it's all funny and everything, but don't distract from my mission. It's not a joke what we do up here. This music is not a joke. What we do, culturally, is not a joke. When I was at an all-black school and people used to pick on the only white girl, that was not a joke. So for me, to be in a very publicised interracial relationship, it's not a joke. It's something that should be treated with respect. 'Cause we're all in this together. You know, they try to make it seem like a self-absorbed thing, but the bottom line is, I want to be able to create more, to create more that can help more people."