Performed live on 6 May 2014 at the Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne.
There’s a lot of hate for Kanye West.
People think he’s egotistical, self-loving, pretentious, delusional, untalented, attention-seeking, arrogant…
Others think he is a genius, once-in-a-lifetime, visionary rapper, motivated by perfection, misunderstood, misinterpreted…
Whichever way you look at him, there’s an undeniable passion about Kanye West that admittedly, you’re going to either love or hate, for whatever reason. It’s certainly indicative of the impact Kanye has on the industry when the very thing that he loves doing invokes either a profound distaste, or a steeled respect.
Kanye’s concert is an absolute affront to one’s senses. It is a violation of the aural realm, saturated with strobing lights and confronting costume design. It is a perverse performance of the current state of rap music. It is an aggressive celebration of everything Kanye.
Midway through the show, Kanye takes a moment to address the crowd and explain the man behind the jewelled mask. He’s not about the good or the bad press, he says. He just wants to spread good music and good rap – do his thing.
The Yeezus tour is very much about participating in the ritual of a man doing his thing, and depending on whom you ask, doing it at the prime of his career.
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