Reps for the event tell MTV News that the rapper, whose album was released on Monday, is set to perform “Lost in the World,” a rather gloomy track that also features indie rockers Bon Iver. (No word on whether the band will join him in front of New York City’s Macy’s Herald Square for the show.)
MTV News has also learned that Kanye will travel along the parade route on the New York Daily News Big Apple float. “The Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, and of course Macy’s Herald Square, share the landscape with New York’s signature taxi cabs and subway stations on the New York Daily News Big Apple float. With a giant, 30-foot inflatable apple at its core, the float perfectly represents the frenzied and bustling city,” the reps added.
West recently spoke to MTV News about “Lost in the World,” explaining, “That was the last song on the album and emotionally it just fit the crescendo of everything that I was saying and what I wanted to say to this girl.
“And it’s also my favorite eight bars that I’ve ever written in my life. I think it’s one of the greatest pieces of writing, that verse: ‘You’re my devil, you’re my angel/ You’re my heaven, you’re my hell/ You’re my now, you’re my forever/ You’re my freedom, you’re my jail/ You’re my lies, you’re my proof/ You’re my war, you’re my truce,’ and the last line is, ‘You’re my stress, you’re my masseuse.’ ”
Other parade performers include Arlo Guthrie, R&B legend Gladys Knight, boy band Big Time Rush and singer Victoria Justice, Jessica Simpson, India.Arie, Keri Hilson, Miranda Cosgrove and casts of the Broadway shows “American Idiot,” ”Elf,” ”Memphis” and “Million Dollar Quartet.”
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