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.