If you're a St. Paul rapper (or a Bozeman, Mont., rapper ... L.A. rapper ... any rapper, really) collaborating with Kanye West is a major career win. But, as our own Allan Kingdom found out Sunday at the Billboard Music Awards, associating with Ye also carries some job-site hazards. Namely: getting caught up in Kardashian drama on national TV.
Such was the case last night in Las Vegas, where Kim's little sisters -- Kylie and Kendall Jenner, familial heirs to the tabloid throne -- were subjected to a volley of boos as they introduced their superstar brother-in-law. It's unclear why we're mad at Kylie and Kendall.
The boos carried over into Kanye's set, Billboard reports, which included the Kingdom-featuring single "All Day" and bombarding 2013 Yeezus cut "Black Skinhead." "All Day" will appear on Yeezy's forthcoming album SWISH. Kingdom joined West onstage for the pyrotechnics-engulfed Billboard Awards performance.The booing was perhaps less upsetting to Kanye than the censoring, which came in heavy doses during the ABC broadcast. Reports suggest the network silenced Ye frequently throughout his performance, often with bursts of silence lasting up to 15 seconds.
Van Halen's performance of 1984 hit "Panama," an ode to David Lee Roth's car, proved less controversial, as did appearances by Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea, Hozier, Nicki Minaj, Imagine Dragons, and others.
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