Kanye West at Toyota Center, 12/7/2013

Categories: Aftermath

To his credit, if he was just coasting on the visuals in the front half of the show, it's easy to understand why. Whether it was his mountain becoming a volcano for "Blood on the Leaves", his background dancers forming a sexual ouroboros around him during "I'm In It," a red-eyed monster stalking the stage for multiple songs, or snow falling during "Coldest Winter," there was almost always something worthwhile going on during any particular song.

Still, in a show that is a tribute to his ambition and ego, it's weird that the chief complaint is that there wasn't enough Kanye.

Kanye wants to take this sort of thing to stadiums, and while I would never be one to tell anyone -- especially Kanye-freaking-West -- not to follow their dreams, I'm not entirely sure he knows just how difficult that path will be. It's hard enough to create a traveling stage show with a story without turning it in to a bad off-Broadway production, let alone one that can engage an audience of 80,000.

But if there's one person that could do it (aside from Roger Waters) it might very well be Kanye West. If you've ever seen him live you know he can work a crowd. If you've seen the Yeezus tour you know he can create an epic production. Can he combine the two in to a package that works completely?

I have no doubt that he'll do his damnedest to try. After all, he did build a mountain.

So What Did Kanye "Rant" About Tonight? The difference between haters and dreamers (haters have forgotten their dreams); that he's happy that Kendrick Lamar and Daft Punk got Grammy nominations (for a moment it seemed he might go in to a Grammy rant but it never materialized); the question you can ask all the people that don't like him ("Have you ever built a mountain?"); "I am 36 and I am Kanye West. Where was Disney when he was 36 and what did his bitch look like?" (He had created Oswald the Lucky Rabbit and Mickey Mouse. I don't know what his bitch looked like.)

So How Was the Opener? People love Kendrick Lamar, and from the very beginning of his set people were waving their arms and screaming out the words. I don't know if the decision to tour with a band was the right one for this tour -- it felt at times like things weren't quite in sync between Kendrick and the band on an energy level. His visuals were amazing. His mike had too much reverb. I liked "Fuckin' Problem" more when A$AP Rocky did it a few weeks back.

Personal Bias: I love Kayne. Yeezus is my album of the year. I hate head colds. This review was written with one.

The Crowd: I don't know if I'm the only one that noticed this, but I've never seen so many people eating at a show before. Guess it was too cold to go out for dinner beforehand.

Overheard In the Crowd: "For $40 that better keep me fucked up for the next nine days," said one guy to his friend after a misunderstanding on the price of a shot.

Random Notebook Dump: There was an altercation in the stands before Kanye took the stage, the end result being someone throwing their drink at another person. Yes, people started yelling "Worldstar." I know, I didn't think that happened in real life either.


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Toyota Center

1510 Polk, Houston, TX

Category: Music

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The last time I heard somebody yell "Worldstar!" without joking was at the Kanye "New Slaves" debacle at the library.

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