Kanye West performed the first of two headlining sets at this year’s “Made In America” festival last night (Aug. 30) at Philadelphia’s Ben Franklin Parkway. Complete with his recently signature low lighting and jeweled mask, Yeezy hit the stage with his slew of hits. Opening with Yeezus track “Black Skinhead,” the rapper weaved in and out of classics like “All Falls Down” and cuts like “Cold,” “Mercy” and “Run This Town.”
And of course no Kanye West performance as late has gone without a speech from the rapper. Addressing everything from the media to his marriage, he also made a point to speak about Jay Pharoah’s spoof of him at the 2014 MTV VMAs.
“I called Jay Pharoah right after the MTV Video Music Awards and I said, ‘You know, I appreciate your show ,but let me tell you about my story, let me tell you what I went through to get to that position,'” he said. “I’m not making it a black or white thing right now, but I’m telling you if you see a black guy anywhere, he had to work 12 times as hard, excuse me. So we’re not going to have any black comedians going up on stage spoofing the people who are working hard to open doors not only for black people, but for any creators — anybody who wants to add a contribution to the world — beauty, truth, creativity, positivity and just helping the next man out with love, with love, with love, with love, with love.”
West also debunked rumors that he may have been on less than speaking terms with Jay Z. Noting that he was being sure not to go over the time limit of his set, he referred to Hov as he long has: his “brother.”
“I ain’t going to go on too long tonight because the last thing I want to do is fuck up the curfew […] for my big homie Jay Z, my brother,” Kanye said. “So don’t worry, Hov, with love, with love, with love, with love. So when y’all leave tonight, I want you to leave with love.”
Watch Kanye West’s Made In America 2014 performance in Philadelphia above and below.