Kanye West Raps At The Facebook Cafeteria : The Record The rapper debuted new material a capella in front of employees of the social network.
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Kanye West Raps At The Facebook Cafeteria


UPDATE: West stopped by Twitter's headquarters yesterday afternoon to perform more verses, and apparently to open an account on the service, on which he announced that his forthcoming album would no longer be called Good Ass Job. [via Pitchfork]

Kanye West seems determined to remind people of the reason he got famous: not just his musical skills, but his ability to locate hip hop in places where it seems unlikely or incongruous.

Perhaps as part of his recovery plan following the Taylor Swift debacle, West debuted new material yesterday (possibly from his forthcoming album Good-Ass Job, rumored for a September 14 release) while wearing a suit and standing atop a table in the cafeteria at the headquarters of Facebook. A slightly self-conscious-seeming (but yes, still standing on top of a table asking people to "quiet down") West spit a capella lines that included references to Whole Foods, Twitter, New Orleans, Don Cheadle, slavery, his heavy chain, Michael Jackson and Monopoly. (Note: there's also some moderately NSFW language in West's lyrics)

No report on why he was at Facebook in the first place, or who convinced him to get up on that table, but the web-savvy West was sure to know that these videos would show up online in no time — note all the raised camera phones. (He even jokingly threw in a half-hearted "turn all your phones off" before he launched into his first verse.)

Over at the Village Voice's Sound of the City blog, Zach Baron points out that one lyric stands out, about the shocking epithet pointed at West over and over again on Twitter after the incident with Swift.

On his blog, West thanked his "friends" at the other social media site:

Many times in life I've had to deal with moments of doubt. And as it’s been a minute since I've performed any fresh material in front of an audience, this could've been one of those moments … but it wasn't. Your energy was a gift so electric, so genuine, that it really helped me give my best. The energy was so inspiring I had to keep going!

I just hope you got as much from me as I got from you … which was everything!