In Tribute to David Letterman: Kanye West Performances [VIDEOS]


Tonight (May 20), David Letterman is stepping down from his late-night throne that he has ruled for thirty-three years. There’s no question that the 68-year-old funnyman changed the medium and inspired fellow comedians to follow in his footsteps like Jimmy Fallon, Conan O’Brien and many others. In honor of Letterman’s retirement from late-night television, we decided to take a look back at Kanye West’s performances on the Late Show with David Letterman.

In 2004, Yeezy appeared on the Late Show to perform “All Falls Down,” the second single from his classic debut album, The College Dropout. The Chicago rhymer is looking dapper in his baby blue sweater, white pants, matching shoes and his gold Jesus Piece necklace.

Not only did he bring the lovely songbird Syleena Johnson, but he also brought the hip-hop violinist Miri Ben-Ari to perform with him as well. Also, there’s John Legend on the piano. If you closely, you can also see his mascot the College Dropout bear in the background dancing up a storm. Letterman must have been thinking to himself, “who in the heck is this guy and why is there a dancing bear behind him?”

Four years later, Kanye returns to Late Show in 2008 to perform his heartbreak ballad “Love Lockdown” from his album, 808s & Heartbreak.

Dressed in a varsity jacket, black pants, Air Jordan sneakers and black shades, Kanye sounded a little hoarse as he sang his morose lyrics using Auto-Tune. The tribal drum line behind him kept things interesting as well. It certainly left a big impression on Letterman. After Kanye’s performance, you can hear the talk show host say, “whoa buddy!” in amazement.

Finally, in 2009, Kanye assisted Keri Hilson with their collaborative song, “Knock Me Down.” For this performance, he was rather dressed down in just a denim jacket, white T-shirt, tan-colored jeans and black Air Yeezys.

Afterward, a bemused Letterman asked Kanye, “how did you get away with this?” and adding, “I am so old.”

Farewell, David Letterman. And thanks for the memories.

Watch all of Kanye West’s performances on Late Show with David Letterman below.