Kanye West - US Airways Center - 12/10/2013
He said he didn't have any negative feelings about it, but rather only positive energy: "It doesn't matter, success is imminent. We will win. We will overcome because your headlines can't beat the drums. There is nothing that you can do to stop 20,000 people from showing up tonight. There are two types of people: there's dreamers and haters. Only difference is the haters forgot about their dreams, or they let somebody kill their dreams, so they try to kill our dreams, but right now I need you to put your hand up if you feel like you could do anything, or live out any dream."
The monologue went on a little longer than the crowd had patience, but it was surprisingly emotional. He really connected with the crowd, in a way that's difficult to when you are performing in an arena concert, when the space between artist and audience is so defined and distant.
"You can't be scared to fail; you can't stay in that jail--that mental jail that the peer pressure puts you in," sang Kanye in auto-tune, towards the end of his sermon-like message.
Following that, he went into "Through the Wire." He followed it with "Jesus Walks," where a Jesus figure came out onto the runway towards Yeezus, where Kanye said, "It's White Jesus!" Then the mask finally came off, and I could say, for sure, that it was Kanye West on stage.
A pyramid of light lit the front of the stage and encased Kanye within it as fireworks went off for "All of the Lights" and red lights started flashing, as the models held fire on the white mountain behind him.
He ended the show with "Bound 2," which has been the focus of both acclaim and mockery in the media. There's those who claim he's a genius mocking stereotypical art, and then there's those who like the James Franco/Seth Rogen parody too much to take "Bound 2" seriously. Pick your own side, or don't--because that's part of Kanye's appeal. You'll be hard to find an indifferent Kanye fan. Like he says, there's dreamers and haters, and that applies to how people respond to his work. His fans adore him and defend him to death, and then there's those who dismiss him as 'cocky,' but that's too simple of a description of one of the most arguably important pop culture figures of our time.
The show ended with Kanye on his knees, along with the eerie stoic models, who were all staring up at the White Jesus who found his way up to the top of the white mountain at the back of the stage. Yeezus was in rapture to White Jesus, as the lights blacked out, and the crowd dispersed to the nearest exits.
Send It Up
I Don't Like
I Am a God
Can't Tell Me Nothing
Hold My Liquor
I'm In It
Blood on the Leaves
Lost in the World
Through the Wire
Diamonds from Sierra Leone
All of the Lights
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