Kanye West Performs "Wolves" With Sia At #SNL40

Kanye West threw on a pair of blue contact lenses for his first performance of “Wolves.”

West debuted his lead single, “Wolves,” featuring Sia and upcoming rapper Vic Mensa at his Adidas Fashion show in New York last week, but gave it a proper performance at the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary special Sunday night. Thankfully, Kanye reminding us he is indeed an artist and not simply a headline grabbing narcissist.

The “Imma let you finish” rapper(?) opened his performance with “Jesus Walks” from his album The College Dropout before his trudging through his current single, “Only One.” After he got those out of the way, Kanye invited Sia on stage for his new wild single.

His stage is simple with just a few lighting sets surrounding him amidst a sea of black fabric. There’s something raw about West’s latest work and how he’s approaching it. His #SNL40 performance shares several parallels to his production at the Grammys; the clean lines, the use of lighting and the raw message behind it all. He doesn’t need a million props to make an impactful performance, and that is why he’s still on top despite his brash and abrasive sentiment.

Watch Kanye West perform “Wolves” with Sia below: