Artist Sound: Beautifully-produced swaggering, hungry street-smart rap with a dark side.
Crowd Response: Complete awe.
Performance Adjectives: Theatrical, dramatic, breathtaking, gorgeous, intense, revolutionary.
Notable Songs Played: Massive 24-song set list including “Power, ” “Jesus Walks,” “Can’t Tell Me Nothing,” “Monster,” “Flashing Lights,” “Good Life,” “Love Lockdown,” “Heartless,” “Gold Digger,” “Runaway,” and “Lost In The World.” There was no encore. There was no Rihanna or Katy Perry, but there were wonderful vocals from Justin Vernon of Bon Iver.
Poignant Moments: Pretty much everything. From Kanye West being lowered on to the stage from a crane to the creepy angelic backdrop and the tan-clad dancers to the epic fireworks to the passionate, sublime look on West’s face as he performed.
This was not just a concert; this was an artistically conceptual hip-hop opera with fully formed story line.
Hype Vs. Reality: People either love or hate Kanye West as both a person and an artist, but one overwhelming theme after his performance last night was “I might hate him, but that was one of the most amazing performances I have ever seen.”
West always brags about his grandiose concepts and he hypes up a lot of his art. Luckily for West, the hype always lives up to the end result and his stunningly theatrical performance last night at Coachella was literal, of-the-moment proof to all the Kanye West naysayers.