Kanye West Performs ‘Black Skinhead’ and ‘New Slaves’ on ‘SNL’

Kanye West

A day after premiering “New Slaves” in cities across the world, Kanye West closed out the season of “Saturday Night Live” with a bang, performing new material from his upcoming album Yeezus, due June 18.

For his first performance of the evening, the G.O.O.D. Music chief channeled his inner rock star in a leather studded jacket while debuting a socially-charged song called “Black Skinhead” (view the lyrics here and here).

He returned later in the show, wearing a black scoop-neck shirt, to perform “New Slaves,” which he debuted via projection screens on buildings across the globe. The studio version of the song features Frank Ocean.

Watch both performances below.

“Black Skinhead”

“New Slaves”



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82 Comments

  1. Bo

    Black skinhead was definitely not what I was expecting but can see this been a game changer for music as we know it.

    A grower!

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    Sheed Reply:

    @Bo, I didnt see this coming…so dark…im curious to see where dark styled hiphop kinda rock goes lol…

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    Tacomeat Reply:

    @Bo, blacks are not the only ones who are modern day slaves. Since the beginning of time, there has been supply and demand. No one is COMPLETELY FREE. There is some system or order you have to live by. ALSO…of course he can rap about labels not telling him what to do now…he earned that right. But in the beginning of his career he had to follow rules just like any other artist on a label. He didn’t start off independent.

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  2. Gaz

    Different, but cool. Reminiscent if “Monster”, primal.

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    RihNaj Reply:

    @Gaz, ~He tried so hard NOT to say the word NIGGA but it was so hard for him lmao!

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  3. Jaymalls

    Wooooooooooo……… Wasn’t expecting this godly “let the heads roll” type shit! Only Yeezy can come from all musical spectrums. Its sad because you know what to expect from a Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, Fabolous, etc. Most artist, especially rappers are afraid of pushing the envelope, they are content w/ mediocre! Anyway, Yeezus Season Is Upon Us!!!

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    Truth Reply:

    @Jaymalls, Your kind of wrong wayne did a rock album and every1 laughed @ him, it may not have been critically acclaimed but Rebirth.

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  4. Speechless

    That was nothing game changing. You couldnt even understand what he was saying.

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    narb Reply:

    @Speechless, probably because you’re a dimwitted dumb ass.

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    jerry Reply:

    @narb, ^fuck you groupie. read the lyrics. he’s slurred/missed alot of words/repeated alot of lines. dickriding faggot

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    XO till we overdose... Reply:

    @jerry, it’s the internet jerry, no need to PMS all over everything.

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  5. Mark

    Kanye finds himself too damn important and tries too hard to create something very deep but fails every time. This performance was weak and incoherent.

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    Bitches In Paris Reply:

    @Mark, You tried it bitch. Kanye , wait pause excuse me I meant Yeezus doesn’t have to try & do anything . Grammy after grammy . 18 grammy’s though ? GOODBYE .

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    jay Reply:

    @Bitches In Paris, 21 grammys actually

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    L.o.M.d Reply:

    @Mark, Are you serious? Fails? Diamonds From Sierra Leone, Jesus Walks, and Gorgeous are fails? Haha ok

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    XO till we overdose... Reply:

    @Mark, It’s you versus all of the music critics that have given kanye nothing but praise. I would take a music critic’s opinion over yours anyday.

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  6. Wow

    Well it’s definitely different, but I don’t really like it.

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  7. Lisa

    Hmmmmm will be interesting to see the comments on THIS site as opposed to the net. I already know but just want to prove myself right, wish I was wrong, but it’s so predictable . SMDH!!!it’s always your own.

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    cherrypie854 Reply:

    @Lisa, exactly…

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  8. tracy

    That performance stunk. Period.

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    CaliBakers Clothing Reply:

    @tracy, saying it twice doesnt make it true lol.

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  9. tracy

    That performance sucked. Hated it.

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  10. E

    My bad y’all I be tripping.I been single since high school and will be 23nextyear .and sometimes not having that female companionship fucks with me.so much shit I missed out on.and now I be thinking letx say I do get in a relationship and actually really like the girl,I’m not gon know how to act.Nicca self esteem been impacted by this shit.I have no clue what it feels like to be in a relationship cuz I’m so used to being dolo.yo my aunt be asking me if i’m gay cuz she never seen me wit a girl

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    HabaneroDro Reply:

    @E, Yo chill the fuck out. That attitudes gonna fuck up a good thing if you let it. If ya can’t be happy alone then you shouldnt be in a relationship. (dr phil voice)

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  11. shwin

    the album doesnt look like its gunna be on the level of his other albums. it’ll be a good album dont get me wrong its just not going to be amazing like his first 5. itll be something like cruel summer last year. good songs individually but something will be off

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    hater HATER Reply:

    @shwin, lol who the f**k are you? and what talent do you have? You aint even heard the album foooooool! An if his previous 5 albums are anything to go by this will be on another level just like they were.

    You are one sad human being to comment so negatively having only heard to songs played live…

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    rew Reply:

    @hater HATER, awww you dont like his opinion so there must be something wring with them? grow up.

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    XO till we overdose... Reply:

    @hater HATER, he’s judging the album based on 2 songs and that’s bad? you just called him a sad human being because you read one of his opinions on the internet. hypocritical much?

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    dave Reply:

    @shwin, I agree,but still it’s kind of hard to bit BDTF

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  12. Dan

    New Slaves must’ve been a bitch to perform without the profanity. Except for the “you know that niggas can’t read” line. NBC couldn’t prevent that one from slipping. Truthfully, not happy about the 2 song choices for this album, it’s not the same Ye from his first 3 solo albums, but that argument could be made for another topic on another day.

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  13. QueenBeyonce

    I love it when its Ye you know its fire and hot beats im loving new slaves and people yall acting like he suppose to dance and jump around like wayne drake etc. this is Kanye sit back and listen to real rap music

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  14. E

    the substance has always been in kanye’s music. but his outlook isn’t what it used to be. his life, fame, popularity, wealth, access, and resources have changed/grown/increased, so his HONEST perspective changed, too.

    when kendrick travels the entire earth, buys expensive clothes, cars, etc. you won’t hear good kid maad city out of him anymore. it’s just a fact of life. “growing up in compton” is his most prevalent experience. it wont be like that in 5 years.

    back to ye…. resources always = more innovation. it allows you to “get out your dreams”, fully. and if a nigga worth millions buys a $1,000 t-shirt, and tells you about it. but you only make 10′s of thousands annually, and you waste your money on that. he’s getting building wealth constantly, you’re killing your ability to grow your worth with foolishness… that’s not his fault.

    again, there’s much substance on College Dropout, Graduation, 808s, MBDTF, and WTT. he’s just in a different space. don’t be surface dwellers.

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    Anon Reply:

    @E, Truth! Being a Kanye fan, I always understood his progression in music. Kanye is not the same person he was a decade ago, so of course his subject matter is gonna be different.

    Whenever people say they want that old Kanye back, I always roll my eyes back because I want Kanye to evolve in his music. He’s a kind of artist that won’t give you the same thing twice and that’s what I appreciate. Look at Lil Wayne (except Carter III) or fuckin Rick Ross who pretty much make the same album time and time again with very little variation with the beats.
    Or even the great Talib Kweli who will always be a dope lyricist and an amazing MC, but when it comes to albums, I’m sorry but they fall short because they lack ambitious musicality.

    As long as Kanye continues to make Music, he will always be an innovator, and whether people like it or not, its gonna change Hip Hop regardless. But with that being said, I’m not diggin the album title “Yeezus”, could’ve been a little more creative…. but oh well

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  15. its vevo

    sounds like a cudi song

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  16. iller

    Every rapper thinking about dropping their album just went back to the drawing board.. need new ideas and concepts they wanna ask “yeezy yeezy how you do it huh?”

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  17. Bitches In Paris

    Can the people at the grammy’s just go ahead & mail this man his grammy’s already ? This guy has to be one of the greatest . I’m a huge Yeezy fan & I must say I know this new album will be a HUGE HIT ! Can we say 1mill in the first week ?

    I remember everyone saying that My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy wouldn’t do well , but guess what bitches IT DID ! He had the #1 album of 2010 . I love you Yeezus

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    randy Reply:

    @Bitches In Paris, lol no one said dark fantasy wouldnt do well stop lying. he got a standing ovation at the vma’s ffs.

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  18. devon

    Black skinhead is AWESOME. Oh my.

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  19. da truth

    this was amaaazing ! f*ck y´all haters ..

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  20. Alex

    It’s alright. Hope he has some better songs.

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  21. Gabriel Luna

    What Kanye West is doing here clearly is not getting people’s attention like he wants to.
    There’s a message hidden in those songs and why the darkness and mysterious art and style is like that. I am absolutely shocked at his claims in New Slave. And I’m afraid the media is gonna be hanging the cross for “Yeezus”…you still don’t get the message?

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  22. Turk

    If an unknown artist put out those two songs, no one would give it the time of day. But since it’s Kanye, people pretend it’s groundbreaking and the best thing they’ve heard in a long time.

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    FuckYeah Reply:

    @Turk, its TRUE for black skinhead but NEw Slaces is tight as fu

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    ANONYMOUS DICK Reply:

    @Turk,
    There have been indie artists with this sound for Years so yes I agree with you. But its cool that someone in the spotlight (MAINSTREAM) is providing thought provoking lyrics instead of rapping about popping Molly’s and Champagne …

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  23. sam

    I thought his performances were amazing, I love the song black skinhead

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  24. Z-

    I know Yeezus is going to be mad at the man behind him!! acting all crazy! youre fired

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    Silence Reply:

    @Z-, Lol I was thinking the same thing… That mofo wasn’t on beat or anything just wildin out

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  25. Jayla

    You people overexaggerate everything, this was just ok

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  26. Chri$

    Wow! This is so far from College Dropout as you can get it.
    Not really feelin it (yet).
    I wished he would try to make another soulish record.

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    Brad Reply:

    @Chri$, he doesn’t make records to cater to fans, as much as he loves us. The album will be great no matter what, and I’m sure there will be some soul in there. Regardless it’ll be awesome. But if you want an album like The College Dropout then listen to The College Dropout. No shade though.

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  27. Outrage Outzilla

    MY NIGGA *denzil washington*

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  28. Sokleva

    i didnt understand a single thing he said in black skinhead

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  29. danny

    rage against the machine would be proud of him. doing punk/rap stuff and standing up against the man.

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  30. #RihannaNAVi

    I LOVE both of them!! I definitely cannot wait for his new album!

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  31. Ajae

    Kanye’s performance on “SNL” was really intense and entertaining like his previous performances. I have only heard the live versions of “New Slaves” and “Black Skinhead” but I think they’re both artistically unique and interesting. I appreciate the lyrics in “New Slaves” and I’m glad that Kanye is getting back to political denouncement in his songs. I also enjoyed listening to the instrumentation on “Black Skinhead”!

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  32. Ev

    Genius.

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  33. k

    when you are kayne you can do anything,have rock songs on your album and still get mad love,wayne came out wih a rock album got no love,nicki came out with a album with pop on it she got lebel a sell out and other sh-t,guess when you have that many grammies you can do anything..well it is what it is i guess.

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    damons Reply:

    @k, comparing kanye west to them is…….. i have no words for it. wayne raps about weed, poppin the pussy, and money… thats about it. he is a punchline rapper, an increasingly weak one at that. kanye is much more lyrical and kanye’s subject matter is next level, relevant to society, cutting edge, and artistic. thats why he can do whatever he wants. the grammys didnt earn themselves. educate yourself on rap and go look at some kanye lyrics. they are set apart for major, definable reasons.

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    Kanye fan 8 Reply:

    @k, HOLD UUPP,kanye vs lil wayne and nicki really…lilwayne has feel of the planet since carter 3…and yes nicki totally left her whole hiphop fan base..nd she didnt make an amazing album….

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  34. Brad

    Both songs are amazing, and he finally pulled off a rock and rap crossover. His subject matter is always intriguing and his creativity when it comes to marketing is always next level. You all need to stop making negative premature judgments when you haven’t heard the album yet. They will sound better on cd quality, and as a cohesive album, the songs will mesh together perfectly. If you can’t at least appreciate these songs then there’s really no hope for you, because Kanye is GOAT. June 18th.

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    jerry Reply:

    @Brad, i like kanye, but I just can’t stand self righteous dickriders like you who talk down to anybody who doesnt share you opinion. no one cares whether you like the song. no one care about your false entitlement about your opinion over everyone elses. let people dislike whatever they want to dislike. you are not anybody special to dictate to people what they are supposed to appreciate or not. if you want a bunch of dick sucking opinions who give every single thing an artist does 11/10, go to a fucking fansite. You’re probably from kanyetothe.com forums judging from you stannish comment. get over yourself .

    Anyway..songs were cool.

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    Brad Reply:

    @jerry, I’m not self righteous or pretentious or anything of that nature. I’m not talking down to anyone who doesn’t share my opinion. Just form your real opinion when you hear the record and not a performance of it. People are calling it his worst album when they’ve barely heard two song. That’s stupid. I’m trying to be more neutral. But I do think the songs, just as any song, should be respected and appreciated for what they are and not bashed. You proved my point really, claiming I’m from KTT. You don’t know me and you judged me, just like these other people making shallow judgments of the music. Sit down.

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  35. Mahj

    New slaves is amazing. The lyrics are crazy on this! He really spoke on some interesting topics. Which I love these are type of things I think about! Kudus to new slaves! Black skinhead I was really feeling it. He had me in a zone! Can’t wait for the iTunes version!

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  36. SoOdd

    Love both songs. This has totally changed the game. HuffPost over there hating. The white people not liking this brand of negro. Rappers need to go back in the Studio and come back with some relevant material. Tired of hearing bout you cars and money, mofos dying everyday and all you can talk about what you bought. Arrogance and Egos gone kill us all.

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  37. kanyefan

    how do i watch this if i dont live in the us?

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  38. Jrmcuboulder

    Sooooooo doooooope!!! :-)

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  39. SIT DOWN PLEASE

    il eleve toujours la barre

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  40. wingsofjoy

    you need to broaden your horizons if you think this guy is a good rapper. his music might be more obnoxious than his personality.

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  41. LevelNexter

    DUDE IN THE BACK WAS GETTTTTTTTIN IN!

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    Rashad Reply:

    @LevelNexter, hella feeling it lol

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  42. Walter

    He knows hes gonna get killed if he releases this album but like he said in his clique rant, IM GOING TO DIE FROM WHATS IN MY HEART.

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  44. Gonewitchaglassleg

    “Dark hip-hop”? Azealia Banks did it first, i.e. “Yung Rupunzel”, Just putting out there.. Either way he’s awesome!

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    Wow Reply:

    @Gonewitchaglassleg, no dark hip hop was always out there. She was not the first besides you forgot Kid Cudi and Eminem

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  45. Larry.

    I thought it was dope. you can’t just judge the album on two live versions of some songs. wait till the cdq versions to drop. people are very quick to judge. black skinhead sounded sick the way he used beautiful people. new slaves reminds me of mix of HAM & Clique which isn’t a bad thing cause both of them were top 20 hits. wait till the album drops to judge. everyone is gonna download illegally anyway.

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  46. TRA

    I believe that Kanye West is one of the best music artists right now. I have a feeling that Kanye West’s new album is going to be very deep and lyrically amazing. It’s going to be interesting to see if Kanye West can make another album better than College Dropout, Late Registration, and My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. This album might be more darker than My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. This album has the potential to be amazing.

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  47. n easy

    Ya all u fake fucken e named motherfuckers can suck neasy balls but back to kanye on snl bitttccchhhhess

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  48. Rashad

    Nobody is close to Kanye’s ” rare-artistic” musical ability, for those who dislikes these two new tracks or him period your most likely ignorant or a lame. Dont do Kanye West like most do Kobe Bryant, Kobe is a great baller and so is Kanye, what they do in their personal life is their own business. Musically Kanye has top my wants out of music and ive became i huge fan of yee! Keep doing what your doing Kanye/team. $$$

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  49. loo

    Kanye is pissed at Jay Z and Beyonce leaving him out in the dark hangin with all the white celebs like JTlake and that other girl thats why he was screaming angry about illuminati and NWO in his concerts. Cant you all see? HE WANTS OUT. TUPAC AGAIN. Kanye has been one of the most artistic inspirations of my conscious life and seeing hims change like this hurts as I see him hurt. Shit he even tells how his momma died because of this. I just dont want to see more rap stars getting hurt.

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  50. Like it Matters

    Holy shit. I’ve only ever listened to Kanye in passing, like in a car with a friend, or at a club, etc. I just sat through his latest performance on SNL, and I felt compelled to find a forum on which to voice my opinion as loudly as the font would allow. That was the biggest load of shit that has ever entered my ears. This dude takes himself way too seriously. I didn’t even know the album title was Yeezus till I stumbled across this site. I mean really? Yeezus? Why not just come out and call himself Kanjesus. I feel sorry for people that get some kind of deep meaning out of this garbage. The world would be a better place if he fell off of it. He could take that Nikki Minaj character with him too.

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    Bitches In Paris Reply:

    @Like it Matters, Bitch stfu you been commenting on RAP-UP . Sit down somewhere .

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  51. Hugh

    LOVE new slaves. Big picture stuff

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