“I miss the old Kanye, straight from the 'Go Kanye/Chop up the soul Kanye, set on his goals Kanye/I hate the new Kanye, the bad mood Kanye/The always rude Kanye, spaz in the news Kanye/I miss the sweet Kanye, chop up the beats Kanye/I gotta to say, at that time I'd like to meet Kanye” - I Love Kanye
The stage lowered down on one side and the lights dimmed; Kanye suddenly appeared. He climbed onto the stage then began to be lifted up. When he rose around 20ft an interlude of “Father Stretch My Hands” came on. It was a moment. He was really and finally here. The light show was INCREDIBLE!! Kanye’s stage would move to the side and would then move and show glimpses of light to these jazzy futuristic horns. Smoke would come from the lights like it was a spaceship, it almost was like Kanye was moving through time.
He started the show with his in your face "Highlights", and then after the lights moved and wowed us, he went back to his Late Registration/Graduation days. I loved it. There was so much love and laughter and just TURNING UP happening under his stage. He would go from "I Love Kanye" to "Touch the Sky" and the crowd would immediately be right there with him. It was legendary. He played some of everything and delivered an 1 hour and 30 min+ set! He started the show off with his new music and then time traveled back and was met by an Ultralight Beam. He also had some music playing that he introduced a while back from a game he is creating about his mother going to Heaven. I loved that song from the moment I heard it. It was beautiful live.
Saint Pablo was the show of the year and Culture Piece was lucky enough to experience that. Yeezy always brings a sense of “Fuck you, I can do anything” that radiates onto his fans and makes us believe the same. For someone who was ridiculed early on for not being good enough to now being ridiculed for believing he’s the best, he can apparently do no right. Whether you like his cocky attitude or not, you have no choice but to respect the fact that he's truly the GOAT in not only the music industry but fashion as well. Culture Piece will always stand with Yeezy!
Photos by Darin K & Connor Siedow
Words by Pierre Ware & Maya Clark