Kanye west gave the censors a workout with this intense performance of ‘all day’

It’s fitting that Kanye West shut down an epic night at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards with his long-bubbling track “All Day.” Because if you were watching at home, it might take you that long to figure out just what he was saying; the network censor was working the audio delay like it was one of ’Ye’s 808 drum machines.

Introduced by sisters-in-law Kendall and Kylie Jenner, West emerged cloaked in a haze of orange lights and smoke, with sparks shooting up from the front of the stage as he bounced in time with the song’s two co-vocalists Theophilus London and Allan Kingdom. (Or so it seemed, it was hard to tell with all that fog.)

Kanye West at 2015 Billboard Music Awards

Large sections of the song that might make it onto ’Ye’s upcoming album, SWISH, were muted thanks to the copious use of the n-word, but you couldn’t miss the dark, grinding beat and hypnotic keyboard line — even if Yeezus was almost completely obscured by the fireworks display.

By the time he busted into the primal screams and grinding guitars of “Black Skinhead,” the sparks died down and you could get a glimpse of ’Ye leaping around as the crowd at the MGM Grand got super into it.