To finish off our first day at City Limits , we raged hard at the West set through all three acts and every bit of over-production that you’d want and expect from . The words that follow were written up by Cassidy Blackwell of Natural Selection, a much bigger Kanye fan than myself and a girl that knew what she wanted to see from this set. I snapped the photos at the end of the review…

We were welcomed to by a city flooded ACL-related , one of which speculated that would be joining West on stage for his Friday night headlining set. Two of ’s best and most creative artists and producers on stage together to kick the off? ! So we spent the first day of the festival crossed our fingers in the hopes that we would see and Jigga and in the flesh together for the Friday night headlining set.

As an artist known for his theatrics, Kanye made literal reference to the dramatic arts by creating a three-act set that delivered a melange of favorite tracks from College Dropout, Late Registration, Graduation, 808’s & Heartbreak, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy AND Watch , his latest collabo with .

Act One opened with modern dancers on the stage and Kanye on a scissor-lift towering 50-feet above the stage for a powerhouse instrumental cut from “H.A.M” from Watch , further heightening anticipation of perhaps seeing a certain guest performance. Back on the ground, Kanye flowed right into into the thundering baselines evocative of a military march from of one of his earliest singles “Jesus Walks” followed by “Flashing Lights” that featured a dazzling array of, well…, flashing lights:

Act Three kicked off with “a toast to the douchebags and assholes” on the track “Runaway” and closed with “Lost in the World,” a cut from his latest album featuring . By the end of the hour and 45-minute set, we had forgotten all about the rumored cameos and were reveling in the afterglow of being immersed in 100% pure, unadulterated . As streamed from the festival grounds after Kanye’s set closed out the night, it was clear that with his command of passionate lyricism, electronic sampling, and artistic vision, Kanye can certainly hold his own on the stage.


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