Kanye West sparked controversy on Wednesday night at the 12-12-12 relief concert benefitting Hurricane Sandy victims, not only due to his leather skirt and leggings combination, but also due to his song choice.
At New York's Madison Square Garden, West sang the song "Mercy" during his 20-minute set, which is primarily about his Lamborghini, which many thought was in bad taste.
“I step in Def Jam building like I’m the [expletive]/Tell ‘em ‘Give me fifty million or I’mma quit” and “Lamborghini Mercy/Your chick she so thirsty/I’m in that two seat Lambo,” are some of the lyrics in the hit single.
“I [expletive] w[ith] #Kanye but these r the times where his ego gets in the way. Y would a lambo song be appropriate 4 a disaster benefit. #getconnected [sic,]” wrote @akirone.
“This is the most out of place performance in the history of concerts #Kanye #121212concert,” said @KFCBarStool.
@AdamMoskowitz wrote “I don’t think he thought thru that set very well, didn’t fit the occasion & he looked like a biker chick #kanye #121212concert [sic].”
The 12.12.12 relief concert also featured performances from artists such as Alicia Keys, Paul McCartney, Bon Jovi, the Who, and Nirvana. But it was West’s fashion style and songs that caused the most buzz.
In November, there was another large relief concert for Hurricane Sandy victims titled "Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together." It was a one-hour live benefit telethon to raise money for those impacted by the devastating storm.
Performers included Billy Joel, Christina Aguilera, Bruce Springsteen, and Sting.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, whose state was left devastated after Hurricane Sandy hit, praised President Barack Obama and FEMA for their quick response to Sandy.
“The federal government’s response has been great. I was on the phone at midnight again last night with the President, personally, he has expedited the designation of New Jersey as a major disaster area,” Christie said in November on NBC’s “Today” show, the Washington Post reported.
“The President has been outstanding in this and so have the folks at FEMA,” Christie added.