Kanye West Always Soars Highest, Even at the X Games


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Marriage hasn't softened Kanye yet, and things kicked off with a bunch of his bangers. "On Sight" is a great song, but nothing quite gets a crowd in to a show from the first beat than starting things off with "Black Skinhead." He should strongly consider doing that all the time.

In fact, as much as I enjoyed the artistry of the Yeezus tour, and as much as I champion the idea that Kanye really should do whatever moves him creatively, this performance did make me long for a more stripped down, straight-ahead Kanye show. I mean, sure, all the songs he's playing now as part of this run of festival dates existed in the Yeezus performance, but it was kind of nice to skip through all the production and get straight into the music.

I mean, come on, when you've spent all day in the sun and don't think you have any more energy, "I Don't Like" is like drinking 20 Red Bulls at once.

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Shoutout to ESPN for putting on such a good opening act. I'm not just talking Bad Religion (funny and rocking as always) or Mac Miller (shockingly good) either; the entire X Games experience is pretty dope, and for all the jokes I've made at its expense, I hope they keep it in Austin for a bit. It's super fun.

After this run of Summer dates, Kanye will most likely finish up his new album and then begin planning another elaborate tour to share it with everyone. I'm sure whatever he ends up deciding on will be fascinating and exciting and will probably piss off someone, somewhere, because that's just sort of what he does.

And no matter what he does, there will be those that wait in line to see it. And if they have to climb over portable toilets and stand on some handrails to do it, well, you do what you have to do to see Yeezus, even if you piss off a few people along the way.

After all, what would Kanye do?


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otgirl
otgirl

The concert was great.  But, this article down plays how amazing X Games actually was this year also.  They had the largest crowds X Games have seen in years and the competitors took note and performed as well.  Some people may have gone just for the Kanye Concert such as the writer but people (like myself) were there all weekend to see BMX, skateboarders and motocross compete.

mtorres123
mtorres123

@otgirl I was there working for HPress from Thursday to Sunday, and we also had another photog working in the stands. Our footage will be posted soon, and you can also see my Instagram feed at MARCOFROMHOUSTON.

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