The Kanye Controversy pt. 2
When Bonnaroo’s lineup was announced, fans were ecstatic about the artists they would soon get to see, but one headliner caught our attention… and not necessarily because we were excited to see him. Kanye West. If Bonnaroo had followed the trend we should have seen Outkast up on What Stage, and the people behind Roo probably thought they dodged a bullet by not booking Outkast after their below average Coachella performances- but boy oh boy did they set themselves up for disaster.
On Friday night Kanye took the stage, on time, and he wasn’t going to let the fans forget it. Throughout the night he reminded us over and over again that his show begun when it was suppose to, as if that was some huge feat. But his ridiculous rants only began there. In December Kanye promised to end his infamous rants for six months, and Bonnaroo just so happened to fall right out of that time gap. When I say he wouldn't rap for fifteen minutes at a time- I’m not kidding. Instead he screamed at the crowd and compared himself to Shakespeare and John Lennon. No one was sure if he was going to even bring up the incident six years ago, but we all knew there would be no apology. No, Kanye can't admit to any wrongdoing and this is no different. Kanye’s way or the highway (I get the feeling Kim is equally as stubborn… I shiver to think about the fights they must get in). Again and again Kanye furiously yelled into the microphone “Where the press at! Where the f*ckin press at”. Fans were confused and unsure what Kanye would do to the press when he found them, and eventually everyone just started raising their hands in hopes that Kanye would get over his press obsession if he identified them and continue with his show. Possibly the most comical moment was when he referenced the “F*ck Kanye” graffiti all over the porta-potties, and let’s just say he wasn’t too happy about the “art”. That has to be a new low for the 37-year-old rapper. When it was all said and done, only 10,000ish Bonnaroovians remained for the whole set. Everyone else was joining in on the “F*ck Kanye” chants and cheers in the crowd eagerly waiting for the highly anticipated Disclosure set (it didn’t disappoint).
Kanye’s setlist included his recent hits like “Black Skinhead”, “Jesus Walks”, and “New Slaves” as well as his staples such as “Stronger”, “All of the Lights”, and “Heartless”. Even though his speeches were pointless and annoying, Kanye is still one of the best rappers of our time. When he was actually performing his energy was inspiring- it’s too bad his ego gets the best of him. It’s as if he performs at the crowd, not for them.
All in all, it’s safe to say Bonnaroo will not make the same mistake again by booking Kanye West- and if they do… make the right choice and go get in the front row of your favorite late night and remember….
Written By: Rachel Oldham