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Kanye's Weekend: Classic 'SNL' Appearance, New Song

West transforms the 'Saturday Night Live' stage for 'Power' and 'Runaway,' just after releasing the new 'Christian Dior Denim Flow'

October 4, 2010 10:25 AM ET

Kanye West gave the most memorable Saturday Night Live performance in recent memory this weekend:

Against an all-white backdrop and wearing his now-trademark red suit gold chains, he replicated the "moving picture" video for "Power" with dozens of choreographed models. West swapped out the verse that begins with "Fuck SNL and the whole cast," replacing it with brand new lyrics, and for an encore, he and guest Pusha-T offered a rendition of "Runaway" that recalled their MTV Video Music Awards performance. (Watch "Runaway" below.)

Kanye West's Surprise Visit to Rolling Stone

Even though West said there would be no G.O.O.D. Friday download last week after two songs off his upcoming album were leaked, he changed his mind and unveiled a new song early Saturday morning. The track, "Christian Dior Denim Flow," is an over seven-minute-long all-star affair featuring Kid Cudi, John Legend, Pusha-T, Lloyd Banks and Ryan Leslie. Download it at Kanye West's official site.

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“Whoomp! (There It Is)”

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Cecil Glenn — a.k.a., "D.C." — was a cook at Magic City, a nude dance club in Atlanta, when he first heard women shout "Whoomp — there it is!" Inspired by the party chant, he and partner Steve "Roll'n" Gibson wrote a song around it. Undaunted by label rejections, they borrowed $2,500 from Glenn's parents and pressed 800 singles, which quickly sold out in the Atlanta area. A record deal came soon after. Glenn said the song was meant for positive partying. "If you're going to say 'Whoomp there it is,' and you're doing something negative, we'd rather it not have come out of your mouth."

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