Ye made his long-awaited return to the stage on Friday night (July 8) in Los Angeles with a headlining appearance by the rapper The game. The surprise appearance came during the album release show for Game’s release show at Novo for their upcoming 10th studio album, Drillmatic: Heart versus Mindwhere Lil Wayne and Blueface were also in the house to help celebrate.
The appearance was the first time that Ye (formerly known as Kanye West) performed live for almost five months and he marked his live debut through “Eazy,” a fiery track the couple released in January in which West goes after his ex-wife’s current boyfriend Kim Kardashian, former SNL star Pete Davidson.
Video of Friday’s performance shows Ye – in keeping with his current custom of appearing in public wearing a full face mask and matching all-black clothing – rapping along to the pre-recorded track of the original song in which he raps “God Saved Me of that crash / Just so I can beat Pete Davidson’s ass,” in reference to the Chicago MC’s near-fatal car crash in 2002.
In fan-shot footage of the cameo, Kanye raps, “That’s it, that was it/ Don’t interrupt, just because/ It ain’t love, shrug/ Won’t- doesn’t he? Yes, it does/will it not? Yes he does / won’t he?”, before exchanging a few handshakes with Game, who then praised his collaborator.
In clips posted by fans of the show, Game tells the audience, “He didn’t come to perform songs. He was clear about this. He came for his brother. He told me how he was coming, he told me he was going to be three minutes late – he said he could show up in the middle of the verse because he had stuff to do.
In fact, Game said, he told Ye he could show up anytime, even after the show was over, just to give a hug if he wanted. “This n—a’s friendship?” I don’t hesitate,” Game said. “It doesn’t matter what I do to that n—a. Or what I say about that n—a. He just loves me. It’s like that n—a Yeezus or something!…I t love for always being there for me, man. You, my mother, my brother, he knows it, I tell him in front of you all.
The release of “Eazy” in January was followed by the release of two different music videos in which Ye took aim at comedian Davidson, including one featuring a clay figure beating another figure with Davidson’s blurry face and a sweatshirt. shirt that said “Skete”. the nickname Ye called Pete in the Instagram tirades against the Kardashian sweetheart. The original video found a kidnapped and buried alive claymation Davidson.
Watch the performance and check out photos from the show below.
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