Kanye West is generously using his celebrity to help a dying national institution: American Idol. The aspiring young rapper from the South Side of Chicago will appear on tonight's final season premiere, but in case you weren't going to watch (you weren't), Fox uploaded the clip to YouTube ahead of time.

Kanye auditioned for judges Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. in San Francisco, as his supportive, pregnant wife waited anxiously outside. He sang an original composition, "Gold Digger," which even mentions judge J. Lo by name—a classic Idol suck-up move.


Performing on American Idol is a clever move on Kanye's part. He's getting America ready to vote for him in another reality competition: the 2020 election.

Sources: American Idol