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"The most important thing — presence can be developed, but you can't teach it."

"Some of the things I told him was 'Don't do whole songs,' " Common remembers. "You ain't gotta perform all three verses of a song. You gotta make things exciting, put elements of surprise and little nuances in songs. You might want to throw in another beat at certain times. We put on performances where it's a show. I told Kanye, 'Look, it don't matter if an older person came that didn't even know you, they should be entertained and enjoy the show.' I think the show should have dynamics to it, going up and down. Be sentimental and have a serious mode, then go high, 'Gold Digger' style."

Even before he was able to advise West, Common knew his friend would be a star onstage.

"It was at [New York] club SOBs," Com recalls. "That was the first time I saw his show. For me I felt like it was the rebirth of hip-hop. It was cats with backpacks throwing up Roc-A-Fella signs. He was new to it but he had that raw spirit. That the most important thing — presence can be developed, but you can't teach it."

"I didn't necessarily sit nobody down," Talib explains. "Kanye is a good observer like I'm a good observer. He came on [the road] of his own accord. He wasn't getting paid. He just wanted to rock. He came out and did his thing every night. He watched not just my show, but Common's show too.

"The only evolution [of Kanye as a performer] is that of course he's more experienced at it," Talib continues. "His swagger has a little bit more foundation, more back to it. But he always had it."

Kanye and Maroon 5's Adam Levine

Before he can play to the fans at the Convocation on Tuesday night, Kanye and his crew have to get through rehearsal on Monday. It's not going to be pretty. Trying to juggle tour preparation with other obligations, Kanye has allowed for only four days of rehearsal before launching his tour. On Sunday he was shooting a video all day and all night with Maroon 5's Adam Levine and director Michel Gondry, and has arrived in M.I.A. looking a little scruffy, with his well-tapered goatee growing into a beard. But Ye is excited about getting the work done.

He knows that virtually anything from The College Dropout, like "Jesus Walks," "Get Em High," "All Falls Down" or "Slow Jamz," will kill any crowd. He's eager to see how they will react to cuts off his sophomore album. In fact, he's visualized performing music from his latest LP, Late Registration, even before it was recorded.

"I pick songs that maybe lend themselves to having more instruments or having breakdowns," he explains of choosing which records to perform. "This second album, because I toured and been around the world, it was certain songs that were made just for the stage, like 'Celebration,' 'We Major.' "


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