The rap game messiah? – Not to take anything away from Kendrick Lamar as I feel he has already accomplished so much so fast and done things in the game people have yet to realize. I also feel he can already be mentioned in the same sentence of other legends. Some may agree or not, but that and this is not the point. On Dec 23rd I attended the final date on the Yeezus tour expecting nothing less then a magical show and thankfully it exceeded my expectations! For years I have been telling people whom liked or hated Kanye that when it comes to live shows and performance art, he is unmatched.
When I witnessed The Glow In The Dark Tour years prior, I was in awe throughout the show as it was the first time I truthfully saw live art on display in a theatrical/Broadway presentation within hip-hop. Fast forward to Yeezus Tourand once again Kanye found a way to push his live show to another echelon. The set, the performers, the stage that had a little spring to it, the costumes, the masks (which he changed but kept on the entire show until “white Jesus” unmasked him) the lights, the sound, the overall theme…everything was totally ground breaking for what a traditional hip-hop show is known to be. The song selction was great and even for me whom did not love the yeezus album, it totally takes on a different manifestation in a live setting. Kanye played songs off all of his albums from College Dropout all the way to Yeezus. Another highlight was just before the final cuts were played, was a surprise from Toronto’s own Drake! Ye stated for the first time he was going to play a song he’s never performed… *Forever beat hits*…at this point you can almost feel every person wait in anticipation for a drizzy appearance which did come true. After that he followed up with “all me” including all of Big Seans verse acapella with help from the sold out ACC crowd. Drake then exited the stage and left an unmasked Kanye to “express” himself a little more and end the night with some more incredible live music! Nothing I say or show will do it justice.
Kanye seems very keen on not releasing much footage or DVDs of his shows because they truly are something that need to be seen in person. No matter your opinion of him or how he conducts himself, the Kanye West that performs his heart out at shows is something that needs to be seen and felt live and in person to truly feel the GOOD…actually the GREAT artist that he is.