Kanye West is one of musics most successful artists who’s played thousands of venues in all shapes and sizes both at home in the states and abroad. The MC has made a household name for himself partly due to his creative and energetic stage show. Last night during the second day of the Essence Festival the rapper was right at home in front of the mostly African American audience.
Kanye’s show last night was about more than just the music. The rapper has made no mistake about his stance against granting interviews with the media, a move that at times has puzzled his fans. During his performance West took the opportunity to address his position on not speaking with the media citing past issues he’s had with reportage. At the beginning of his set the rapper walked through the floor audience of the Superdome embracing fans as he made his way to the stage. The heartfelt moment caught many by surprised for the at times sheltered artist but was undoubtedly appreciated according to the reaction from the lucky fans. The MC revisited the controversial Video Music Awards fallout with singer Taylor Swift saying that he “had a little too much to drink” and thanked the fans for always sticking by his side.
On a typical night the shows headliner is usually subjected to tired fans when the set falls into the early hours of the morning, leading to a good portion of them exiting the venue. But last night was different. The crowd at the Superdome remained fixated in their seats right down to West’s closing song, “Hey Mama,” a tribute to his mom. The previous night Usher rocked the New Orleans venue as well singer Jill Scott who performed just before Kanye but on this particular night the glowing MC owned the stage. Donda West would have been proud of her baby boy.