Kanye West performed a series of songs the TIME 100 gala on Tuesday.
West, who dressed entirely in white with chalk caked on his face, kicked off his 20-minute artistic performance with James Brown’s “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World” alongside a crew of half-naked men before opening up with “All Day” off his latest album “So Help Me God.”
“I see so many so-called artists, but I have to wonder, where their heart is,” West said in his speech.
“My definition of an artist is to tell the truth, your truth, how you feel. My definition of an artist is to tell the truth, even if it f—s up your Pepsi deal, … even if it f—s up your Apple deal, even if it f—s up your Samsung deal.” The audience laughed and applauded, with wife Kim Kardashian standing up to watch him perform. “The other day — I think it’s so funny — I’m driving down to Coachella, and there’s a fly in the car with us. My buddy was killing it, I open up the window and let the fly go, and it’s determined that people are saying what I’m tired of saying — Kanye wouldn’t hurt a fly!” to laughter. “I’m so scary, in a world controlled by brands … as opposed to a world branded by truth, love and information.”
After, he performed three songs off 2013’s Yeezus — “Black Skinhead,” “New Slaves” and “Blood on the Leaves” — before moving on to “Runaway” and “Only One.”
To close out, he powered through the classics, including “Good Life,” “Gold Digger,” and “Touch the Sky,” in which he stopped mid-song to ask the influential audience to get on their feet (he called out Star Wars creator George Lucas and pointed to Empire co-creator Lee Daniels and shouted, “Lee, don’t try to take this on your next season though!”).