The Yeezus Tour — My Experience
Kinda upset with myself that I didn’t actually purchase tickets and potentially could’ve missed the spectacular that Kanye put on. I saw him twice over the summer, but it was nothing like this — his own tour, his own rules. I’m very glad I had the opportunity to see both nights at Madison Square Garden.
You can’t call the Yeezus Tour just a concert and get the point across. It’s a performance, it’s art from start to finish. The different themes take you on a musical journey through Mr. West but also through yourself if you let it.
Fighting — On Sight, New Slaves, Send It Up, Mercy
Rising — Power, Cold, I Don’t Like, Clique, Black Skinhead, I Am A God, Can’t Tell Me Nothing, Coldest Winter
Falling — Hold My Liquor, I’m In It, Guilt Trip, Heartless, Blood On The Leaves
Searching — Lost In The Woods, Runaway, Stronger, Through The Wire
Finding — Jesus Walks, Diamonds From Sierra Leone, Flashing Lights, All Of The Lights, Good Life, Bound 2
Everyone likes to joke about Yeezy’s temper tantrums, rants and overall ego, but this might be the first time I truly took the time to realize why he says he’s so misunderstood…I can break down the hierarchy of fame, see him eye to eye, and can understand, sympathize and relate to his grievances. One of his
rants visual streams of consciousness really stuck with me:
“When I talk about New Slaves, it’s the mentality that they conditioned you with to behave. And I don’t even know who the fuck “have” is at this point. So I can’t “be have”, I can only be me. I can only be free. Every time I get in trouble, it’s because I’m telling the truth. So what does that mean? That means they’re always lying to you.”
It got even more genuine when he ripped off his mask mid rant and repeated himself that this is real life, not just his problem with Nike or the music and fashion industries…he wanted everyone to see the emotion on his face, to make the connection. And in that moment I swear we were infinite (lmao). Seriously though, I can’t speak on everyone, but he really got me thinking.
It doesn’t matter where you are in life or what you have, there’s always going to be someone out there trying to control you and tell you “No”. You have the entitlement to establish yourself as something but then are shunned to venture out and grow, you have to play your part in the bigger scheme…stick to what you’re good at. But what if I have dreams to be good or great at everything? What if I have my own ideas and don’t want to be force-fed someone else’s concepts and ideals? Where’s the freedom to dream and achieve?
I now remember one of the main reasons why I chose the university I did. Full Sail’s motto is “If you’re serious about your dream, we’ll take your dream seriously.” It’s such a great mantra and I feel they do deliver on their promise, but at the same time that community makes you a little naive. What about when I want to move on to other things, different things, aspire bigger? The world as a whole doesn’t have to take you serious, no matter who you are or how much faith you have in yourself. It gets to a point where you are compelled to prove your worth no matter what the circumstances. If you have to get a rise out of people, then so be it. Don’t be afraid to yell “I Am A God”. We should all be our own gods anyway, our own motivation and our own driving force.
All in all, as much as I enjoyed the music and visuals, I appreciated the statement Kanye made and the passion he shared much more. He has so much more creativity to share with this world and will fight his hardest to make it actualized.
I respect that deeply.