Kanye West amazed the crowd at his Chicago performance on Thursday night but faced backlash for performing with Marilyn Manson and DaBaby for Apple’s music streaming service. He was chastised for his choice of guest stars at his listening party.
On Thursday night, Kanye hosted his third promotional show for his upcoming album Donda at Chicago’s Soldier Field stadium. He appeared outside a replica of his childhood home during the special event, which was live-streamed on Apple Music. The unreleased album was played for the 40,000 people in attendance.
However, many fans were upset and angry when Kanye brought out Marilyn Manson and DaBaby as guests on one song.
Marilyn Manson has been involved in sexual, physical, and mental abuse allegations made by several women in the last year, including his ex-fiancée Evan Rachel Wood.
In response to these allegations, he stated on Instagram: “Obviously, my art and my life have long been magnets for controversy, but these recent claims about me are horrible distortions of reality.”
“My intimate relationships have always been entirely consensual with like-minded partners. Regardless of how – and why – others are now choosing to misrepresent the past, that is the truth.”
Manson is now facing four sexual abuse charges as of June 2021. He has continued to deny the charges leveled against him.
Alongside Manson was another masked figure, later confirmed to be rapper DaBaby, accused of homophobia and fueling HIV stigma following comments he made last month at a music festival.
Additionally, DaBaby used a verse to a song that replaced Jay-Z on the track being played.
Following his stunt with Manson and DaBaby, Kanye startled the crowd by appearing to set himself on fire. His estranged wife, Kim Kardashian West, was later joined on stage, dressed in a bridal gown.
Kanye made waves earlier this week when he filed court paperwork to change his name to “Ye.” Previously, the musician expressed his affection for the two-letter moniker, stating it is the most often used word in the Bible.