Video: Kanye West Delivers Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross, and Tirade at NYC Show

Kanye West surprised fans with a last-minute show at New York’s Bowery Ballroom on Tuesday night (Nov. 23). He performed his well-received album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy from top to bottom with special guests Nicki Minaj, Teyana Taylor, Rick Ross, Pusha T, Swizz Beatz, John Legend, Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, CyHi the Prynce, and more.

Teyana provided backing vocals on “Dark Fantasy” and “All of the Lights,” while Nicki spit her show-stopping verse on “Monster.” Rick Ross was appropriately dressed in red for “Devil in a New Dress” and John Legend played the “Blame Game.”

And what would a Kanye show be without a rant? The outspoken rapper took a moment to deliver another passionate speech about Taylor Swift, George W. Bush, and the media.

“Everybody needs a villain, don’t we? We need to blame someone at all times,” said ‘Ye in reference to his remarks about Bush after Hurricane Katrina. “I was emotional. That was not exactly the way I wanted to word it. But I rode it, I rode it. Just as Taylor [Swift] never came to my defense in any interview and rode the wave and rode it and rode it. That’s the way I rode the wave of the Bush comment. It’s not about popular opinion, it’s about when you look in your heart and know what’s right from what’s wrong.”

Watch some of the evening’s highlights below.

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  1. Lil Kim

    Nicki Minaj is amazing.


  2. DrDreStillGotIt

    Been listening to Kanye’s new joint nonstop. The scope of the thing is just epic.


  3. Tobi A

    I would have killed to have been at this concert. This man is fucking legend.


  4. Mr

    He is a legend there is no other rapper(and not that many artists honestly) doing music on this level. Not one single rapper and that what makes him so great. I bought MBDTF and i cant stop playing it. This is his best album yet imo.


  5. jeremydante

    wow. everyone came out. & suitably, nicki did it up in fur. get ‘em HB!


  6. Trey

    Teyana butchered Dark Fantasy!!!! UGH that shit was terrible…….Not hating; I’m telling the truth


  7. queen beyonce

    @trey AGREE!! wtf @ teyana she sounded disgusting… dark fantasy is one of my fave songs, i dont want her singing that live again …she doesnt even deserve to perform with kanye shes not of that calibre


  8. Bob

    People misunderstand the Taylor Swift comment by Kanye when he says that she never came to his rescue……

    What Kanye has done to G. Bush right now in saying everyone has flaws and calling-out the media out for exagerating the ‘lowest moment’ sound-bite….is rescue him.

    All Taylor Swift has done is call Kanye an “innocent” and imply he hasn’t grown up. Fact is, Kanye was right 1 year ago; he’s still right today.


  9. young$$MOVEMENT;

    they killed it. teyana didn’t sound bad at all. stop hating on that young woman. kanyeezy is amazing and his album surpasses dope. it’s team west & team minaj over here!


  10. WhatTheF

    ^IKR? Teyana didn’t sound bad. She sounded terrible.



  11. From Tokyo

    Bob, let it die, okay? Then at least one of you could cause Kanye is going on ad nauseum about that. You’d think he’d punched her or something. Taylor was right and I’m not a fan of hers AT ALL. He’s been whining about this forever and if he was any other artist you’d call them on it. You sound like one of those people who say she didn’t get famous until the incident when she’d sold millions before that. This shouldn’t have gone on for how long it has, nor taken the shape it has. I hope this is the last time he mentions this stuff. Move on with some new material to rant incessantly about.


  12. The Beast

    One of the best things about Kanye is that he doesn’t know the meaning of filler. so everything that he puts out completely kicks ass


  13. Quent

    YO.. Teyana T. killed that track, she has a #dope voice- lets see how rihanna does live haha…


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