Kanye West’s post-show “MAGA” rant on “Saturday Night Live,” which was delivered after the broadcast ended, grabbed headlines this weekend, along with Matt Damon’s portrayal of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
But 070 Shake, the 21-year-old West collaborator and upstart talent from North Bergen, also had her moment in the spotlight during the “SNL” season premiere (see tweets below).
After West performed songs with two other artists — donning a Perrier bottle costume for “I Love It” with Lil Pump, who was outfitted as a bottle of Fiji Water — and debuting “We Got Love” with Teyana Taylor — Shake took the stage alongside West, Ty Dolla $ign and Kid Cudi during the end credits of the show to perform the song “Ghost Town” from West’s album “Ye.” The album was released in June and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
— Zen Stefani [?] [?] [?] (@Dee_Pengs) September 30, 2018
Shake, born Danielle Balbuena, has been praised for her high-flying performance during the much-praised outro of the song.
“And nothing hurts anymore, I feel kinda free,” she sings. “We’re still the kids we used to be/ I put my hand on a stove/ To see if I still bleed/ And nothing hurts anymore/ I feel kinda free.”
Signed to West’s G.O.O.D. Music label since 2016, Shake has appeared on a total of three West-produced albums that were released in the span of one month, starting with the Pusha-T album “Daytona,” released in May, followed in June by “ye” and “Nasir” from Nas.
The “070” in her name refers to 07047, the zip code for North Bergen. She’s a member of the 070 crew, a collective of local artists. The “shake” refers to the shake-and-weave, a basketball move from her days playing in North Bergen (she was a shooting guard on the Bruins girl’s basketball team at North Bergen High School).
In July, Shake performed the song “Santeria” alongside Pusha-T on “The Tonight Show.”
Shake’s debut EP, “Glitter,” came out in March. She’s currently working on a full-length album.
West was wearing a red “MAGA” (Make America Great Again) hat during his performance of the song, a portion of which played during the end credits. After it was over and the show was no longer on the air, he had some more words for “SNL” (see partial clip below).
“They bullied me backstage,” West said. “They said, ‘Don’t go out there with that hat on.’ They bullied me backstage. They bullied me. And they say I’m in the sunken place. Do you wanna see the sunken place? OK, I’mma listen to y’all now,” he said, removing the hat. “Or I’m gonna put my Superman cape on,” he said, putting it back on. “Because this means you can’t tell me what to do. Follow your heart and stop following your mind. That’s how we’re controlled. That’s how we’re programmed. If you want the world to move forward, try love.”
— 070 (@070Updates) September 30, 2018
During his post-show remarks, West also referenced plans to run for president in 2020 and claimed 90 percent of the news media — and “TV, LA, New York, writers, rappers, musicians” — is liberal.
“So it’s easy to make it seem like it’s so, so, so one-sided,” he said.
President Donald Trump addressed West’s “SNL” appearance on Sunday afternoon.
“Like many, I don’t watch Saturday Night Live (even though I past hosted it) – no longer funny, no talent or charm,” he tweeted. “It is just a political ad for the Dems. Word is that Kanye West, who put on a MAGA hat after the show (despite being told “no”), was great. He’s leading the charge!”