Kanye West used his Made in America platform to fire a few shots back at Jay Pharaoh.
So Jay Pharaoh’s Kanye West impersonation from the VMAs is still fresh in everyone’s mind, right? Cool. Just checking. Apparently it was still on West’s mind too, when the rapper/designer/artist/superior human being took the stage at Budweiser’s Made in America festival. Instead of bringing out his pal and festival curator Jay Z, or maybe premiering some new music, ‘Ye chose to perform some old favorites and set the record straight on the Jay Pharaoh situation.
Loved Pharaoh's spoof? Kanye had a few issues with it.
“I called Jay Pharaoh right after the MTV awards,” ‘Ye told the crowd, disapproving of the “Saturday Night Live” comedian’s impersonation of him at the August 24 award show.
Despite his penchant for longwinded rants, once again, West had a point.
“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,” he continued. “So we ain’t gonna have no black comedians going up on stage spoofing the people that’s working hard to open doors, not only for black people, but any creatives.”
The rant actually took up a small part of a great set, which featured crowd pleasers like Black Skinhead, New Slaves, a remix of I Don’t Like, Jesus Walks and Good Life. The show wasn’t without its glitches – according to MTV, Ye paused his set after the lighting crew missed a cue on New Slaves, but other than that it was an immersive and meticulous set.