Kanye West Compares Himself to "Picasso," Hangs with White Jesus in Miami

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Photo courtesy of the Yeezus Tour

Yeezus Tour
Kanye West
With Kendrick Lamar
American Airlines Arena, Miami
Friday, November 29, 2013

Better Than: Church, and all that Catholic guilt.

It's been five years since Kanye West's last solo headlining tour. But in that half-decade, he's gone from simple hip-hop prophet to full-on god. Last night's Yeezus tour in Miami was a sure showstopper. Well, he only stopped to talk shit for, like, 20 minutes. But the rest was back-to-back-to-back hits.

Have you ever seen a rapper split a mountain in half, writhe around with nude dancers, or spit through a disco mask? Yep, it sounds crazy. But "this is Yeezus."

See also: Kanye West's Yeezus Tour: 14 Craziest Quotes From Miami

Mr. West is the best in the game. So he gets nothing less but the hottest rising star to warm up his crowd: Compton's highly celebrated Kendrick Lamar, who got the party started at the American Airlines Arena, only about 30 minutes after the advertised 8 p.m. showtime.

Kendrick came running out in a gray hoodie and white pants to spit his rhymes backed by a full band. He started off with "Money Trees," running out onto a triangle platform in the middle of the AAA's floor, yelling with anger and excitement into the microphone. Behind him, a montage of his homies lined against fences mixed with old family videos and gritty shots of his neighborhood flickered across the massive LED screens.

He made sure the whole place was jumpin', from front to back, just like a good opener is supposed to, droppin' gems from his massive good kid, m.A.A.d city. He also dropped a few new favorites, like his verse from A$AP Rocky's "Fuckin' Problems," which he did twice, and his remix version of "Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe."

He threw down some 2Pac with "Hail Mary," reminding the Miami crowd that he comes from the bloody West Side before giving them his own gun-slinging anthem, "m.A.A.d. City." He got quiet and introspective on "Sing About Me," took us through his hometown on "Compton," and left amid a heavy a cappella of his lyrics from the "I Am" interlude.

"I will be back," he shouted as the band played out. "I love you, Florida."

It was now 9:04 p.m., and it would be about 50 minutes until Kanye was ready to take the stage.

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Photo courtesy of the Yeezus Tour

Now, Kanye, always the conceptual artist, does nothing half-assed. So with the Yeezus tour, he took us on an abstract spiritual journey. Throughout the course of the evening, we traveled with Kanye through highs and lows. We watched him languish on the edge of darkness. We saw him rise to victory in the arms of White Jesus. It was pretty insane, and it all kicked off with a strange, ethereal procession of white-gowned women wearing stockings over their heads.

These 12 ladies came out from behind a giant glacial mountain onto the triangle platform, where a single white spotlight shined down in front of them. A woman's voice announced the theme of the first chapter of tonight's journey, Fighting.

A guitar crunched and Kanye spoke: "I am not here right now, leave a message after the life." Suddenly, the massive, angry chords of "On Sight" erupted, and Kanye appeared, taking the spotlight. (Bonus swag factor, he was singing about David Grutman and we were in Miami. Holler, represent.)

West, being a pillar of progressive fashion, spent most of the show rapping from behind a series of face masks. He started with a lavish mask covered in gold and hanging jewels. It might be one of the most bizarre pieces of stage gear we've ever seen.

He worked through all the angry songs, like "New Slaves," "Send It Up," and "Mercy." Then we moved into the next stage of our journey: Rising. "Pride always preludes the crash," the woman's voice told us. "The bigger the ego, the harder the fall."

"Power" chants began as a giant orb, hanging above a mountain, began shining through clouds. And then Kanye reemerged, rapping from behind the rocky peak, glowing in the light of the giant circle. He had changed clothes: no shirt and an an all-black mask covered in black, glittery studs.

See also: Kanye West: Six Reasons Yeezus Is One of Hip-Hop's Greatest of All Time

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American Airlines Arena

601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL

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61 comments
Asüka Bazüka
Asüka Bazüka

stop talking about this idiot. what a waste of words.

TomBroster
TomBroster

Kanye West may not be the brightest person in the room but he is a superstar who is married to one of the Kardashians. I am not worried about him; I am trying to get a few of the good things that are available. http://po.st/tctVVs

Smart Alex
Smart Alex

Im really surprised that miami new times editor didn't pick that Kanye West & talking shit is redundant!

Terry Coover
Terry Coover

What a asshole!Yea,give your hard earned money to an arrogant prick..

Christian Fabian Robotti
Christian Fabian Robotti

He's a little bitch. Picasso never, ever stopped creating his movement; which Kanye has never successfully created , a movement, and stop to rant/cry about the bullshit he cries about. This dude is a straight-up MANCHILD!!!!

Jorge Mederos
Jorge Mederos

I don't hate Kanye West, I hate the persona he portrays to the public. I have ZERO respect for someone who says they are God, and then is ALWAYS complaining about some trivial bullshit and just acts like a straight up bratty little kid. Sorry.

Jorge Mederos
Jorge Mederos

Did you really say this man is a hip hop Michael Jackson? So like, the King of Hip Hop? A diva who's always complaining about how corporations don't want to back his fashion ideas, who's always complaining about people trying to hold him down, who doesn't even rap well...you're saying HE'S to hip hop, what Michael Jackson was to pop?

Rick Amador
Rick Amador

Take away the awesome lights and fx"s and your left with a man who in the end is still with the one person in the world NO SMART MAN should ever be with much less impregnate or marry. Don't worry soon enough he will be humbled by his Babalonian whore.

John Place
John Place

Who Cares! what a Fuck Face!!!!!

Christopher Yamamoto
Christopher Yamamoto

All love and all music. Everybody was touched. We literally are witnessing a living legend. A hip hop Michael Jackson, Michael Jordan, Mike Tyson... All artists are insane but they're insane because they're trying to show you something that the average mind can't witness on its own. Art is beautiful.

Lpatro
Lpatro

DOES HE HAVE NUTS IN HIS MOUTH?

Gabriel Monjaras
Gabriel Monjaras

The diversity in that concert was amazing too. No hate, no violence. All was bad ass!

Marley Brooker
Marley Brooker

Reading the comments I see none of you was there LOL. Before attending I was skeptical but after I appreciated the show. He never perpetrated as if he was God and he "bowed before white Jesus". He had a mini sermon it was 100 so yes it was somewhat spiritual. All love in the building too.

Hunter Lyon
Hunter Lyon

his tour merch features the stars and bars, but those of us who decry the man are "ignorant"

Cary Gonzalez
Cary Gonzalez

Taylor, it's kind of like smelling shit. Once you've smelled shit, you know it stinks. No need to subject yourself to it again to remember that it stinks. I'm sure most people in backwoods Alabama are blissfully ignorant about the stench of this particular pile of shit.

Taylor Cox
Taylor Cox

WOW, feel like I'm reading the comments section from backwoods Alabama. Just a bunch of disgusting ignorant hate from a bunch of people that have no idea what happened at the concert or what it was like.

Chris Anthony
Chris Anthony

Picasso??? Him, really??? Try Pic-A**hole, he is such a moron!!!

Tehvul Garcia
Tehvul Garcia

Fuck these slow minded haters. Do you Mr. West.

Cary Gonzalez
Cary Gonzalez

Holy crap, just how MUCH did his publicist pay to write this shit??????

Miguel Aybar
Miguel Aybar

That guy is such a fucking pariguayo!!! Kanye, you're married to a sex tape whore! Think about that for a second while you compare yourself to Picasso and as you have before, The Beatles. And oh yeah, you're the voice of your generation, I wonder what your generation has to say about that. LMAO. Look in the mirror son, you're on 14:55 of your 15 minutes.

Joe Mistermakeithappen Ciampa
Joe Mistermakeithappen Ciampa

How could you say that no matter what, we all love to hear him talking his shit? That's the worst article I've ever read, I'm sure the show was entertaining but that was about it! Stop blowing so much smoke up one persons ass to the point you blow them out!

Mike Montero
Mike Montero

This poor sap's just about as embarrassing to american society as the concept of black Friday.

Alex Anico
Alex Anico

I say if you see Kanye throw fish sticks at him.

Claudia Alexandra
Claudia Alexandra

Nobody could say they are God. There's only one God and it's not him. Watch your words!

Antonio Valladares
Antonio Valladares

if you think a Kanye West concert is a spiritual experience, you not only fail as a journalist, but also as a human being

Josette Redwolf
Josette Redwolf

haha I see no decent wardrobe people work with him ..he looks like shit.

Hans Schemel
Hans Schemel

Kanye is a shit stain...nothing more,nothing lesz

sidereaction45
sidereaction45

@Miguel Aybar He been hot since 2004, where you been? That's a long as 15 minutes no matter how you cut it. So what I'm saying is, "You wrong."

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