This past Saturday, I got the chance to check out the Yeezus Tour with Kendrick Lamar as the opening act. It was amazing. Besides it being cold as shit outside, standing in 3 different lines because there was no guidance, it was worth every penny. Kendrick Lamar is officially off my concert bucket list and man, oh man does he put on a hell of a show. He performed for about an hour and had the venue screaming, yelling, singing, rapping, you name it. Flew through numerous tracks, had us bring our phones out and talked to the fans for a bit. Kendrick has this aura, this warmth about him that makes you just fall in love with the guy. Definitely one of the best performances I’ve seen. Kendrick finished his set, lights came back on and the stage was set for Kanye West. Back after 5 years from his time in The Woodlands Cynthia Mitchell Pavilion for the Glow in The Dark Tour. At this point, I don’t know if I’m super excited since this would be the 4th time I’d be seeing him or just wondering what this show will be about. The famous mountain makes its appearance “hmmm interesting”. Then people setting the stage go up the mountain sweeping it. I was intrigued. You can walk up the mountain, stand at the top of the mountain, awesome! Subtle music plays and a beautiful haunting female voice sings over the speakers. I tried so hard to figure out who it was but made no connection. The lights go out. Screaming fans everywhere stand to their feet and out come women in cloaks with pantyhose like face masks. This is Yeezus.
He appeared and the crowd went wild. He ran through songs and wardrobe changes that included different Maison Martin Margiela face masks as well as other pieces. The creativity this man possesses is by far untouchable. He sang, he danced, he jumped, he laughed, he smiled. The front of the stage went up into a peak and from atop, he sang “Coldest Winter” which he wrote for his late mother. As he laid there, foot dangling and arm stretched out looking up at the ceiling, “snow” starts falling as he sings and for those almost 4 minutes, everyone was sucked in. The peak comes down and we go through an array of songs and different words projected throughout the show as stages, perhaps in his life or stages we all go through as humans. As he disappears for a wardrobe change, the cloaked women make an appearance and it’s straight up church time. Set in a Catholic setting, the women are carrying religious artifacts and one holding the Virgin Mary. Kanye makes his way to the front as the women disappear and his MPC is center stage. ‘Runaway’ is on the horizon. As the past 3 shows I’ve attended, it is expected for a rant of some sort with this song. Sure enough an almost 16 minute talk with Kanye goes from Walt Disney to Kim to Steve Jobs. Did anyone record that whole speech? I did. Ha! The thing is, he’s a genius. No, he does not want to be Steve Jobs nor Walt Disney, he just wants to build, create, design, envision things people don’t have the ambition to do. Nothing wrong with that but I wonder why always this song? The concert continues, the songs are played and Yeezus meets Jesus. That honestly made me feel some sort of way like “holy shit” no pun intended. Bound was his last song and he handed the mic to a girl who sang for a split second as the cloaked women are facing the mountain. Kanye gets on his knees following suit and Jesus appears at the top of the mountain. Lights out, Kanye leaves, concert is over. Everyone makes their way to the restroom, to the cold night or like me and the crew, to the merch line. Standing in line having a harder time focusing on conversations because my hearing is so skewed, I processed what happened and although some parts weren’t pure gold, the way he wanted us to experience this concert, made total sense and it connected with what his vision was. Was it the best concert ever? For me personally, no. Watch The Throne is and will be by far the best concert I have ever attended. Until Watch The Throne 2 makes way, Yeezus is number 2. Enjoy my camera phone photos. I’m actually damn happy with them. I didn’t take my camera as it said no cameras and relied on my phone.