Essence Music Festival
July 4, 2011 by Post Team
Essence Music Festival, From the beginning in all headliner Kanye West at the 2011 Essence Music Festival on Saturday night, the Chicago MC got into a raised platform, suspended above the cheering crowd. As spat “Dark Fantasy” hook “Can we get much higher?” seems particularly appropriate to describe not only literal posture toward the sky at the Superdome in New Orleans, but also what was coming that night.
Yeezy was already knee-deep in his career, the definition of such classics as “Jesus Walks” “Can not Tell Me Nothing” and “Diamonds Are Forever,” when he told the euphoric celebration of NOLA was “just the beginning. ” Rocking a white coat, topped by a thick tangle of gold chains, and a pair of jeans and sneakers, rapper 34 years of age, limited by the stage like a hyperactive teenager, but there was no doubt that the West is a great star, the “college dropout” which has more than OK in his childhood dreams.
As a small army of classical dancers – dressed in a variation of the suit brought by birds Phoenix Selita Ebanks “short” Runaway “from the West – flanked him, Kanye launched into a bombastic performance of” Power “,” The devil dress new “and” Hell of a Life “followed by” You stuck in platinum singles and cuts, plus work last year, My Beautiful Dark Twisted fantasy.
Performing a mass audience who came to their feet (and stayed there all night) to the tune of “Ye and Jay-Z” HAM “, played the Chi-town MC with a flow of Nas in his recent scandals, and explained that he stopped giving interviews to the press after taking the lashing of the media and bloggers. It was not all rap rebel: He danced, sang and laughed his way through a mix of old school music influential personalities, and playlist jumped with 90 Al Green soul groups like Jodeci and Shai.
And West also stressed that he knew he had struck when, as he laughed, “I was a little too much too drink” before assaulting the stage at the MTV VMA 2009. Yeezy repeatedly thanked the crowd predominantly African-American standing next to him before going to a stirring, a church-tinged version of “Gold Digger.”
The songs felt great and song, the stage and is, for example, were bathed in lights and lasers to “all the lights” and “Stronger”, respectively. As he recovered and forth between hits from his discography, including his debut College Dropout and introspective, self-808s & Heartbreak Tuned, the weight of Western musical success was evident. If an owner manual of how a comprehensive program, the West should write it. The concert seemed astonished at the sight and scale of the sample, the mouth open when they were screaming songs back in the MC energy.
By the end of “Act 3″ (a title card projected on large screens flashed the three-part series progression), a billowing white tent to another side of the stage. Cocoon-like fashion, the dancers reappeared in black tutus, west dressed in his suit’s signature red. As the rapper struck out the first game of sad tinkling of “Runaway” in the CPM, a circle of dancers and Pusha T were presented to his verses.
However, as big and strong as the show was the closing of Yeezy was so subtle. After rap wholeheartedly “Hey Mama” on his knees, with a nod to his late mother, Donda West, the star and his band, dancers and DJ’s bowed-style ballet company and left the stage as the lights the stadium was lifted.
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