Only five days since the official release of his latest album Life of Pablo, Kanye West debuts his songs from the album on a live stage. So far, Mr. West has two performances lined up for this year: Paradise IMF in Manila and Governor’s Ball in New York. To have the legendary music artist perform in the Philippines for the first time is what his Filipino fans have been waiting for.
It was worth the wait. A loud boom echoed around the Aseana City open grounds and sent waves of excitement throughout the area. As soon as the lights deck started its decent from the air, the crowd’s screams only got louder. It tilted diagonally before revealing Mr. West in a blood orange jacket.
Kanye West opened his ninety-minute set with Stronger before performing a mix of old and new songs. He also debuted Famous, Father Stretch My Hands and Waves.
While performing Famous–which he sang three times–Kanye talked about the night that changed his career, the “beginning of the end of my life” and about staying true to one’s self even if the whole world is against you.
But his wise words did not stop there. As he was performing Runaway, Kanye told the crowd that if being liked meant being like everyone else, then he doesn’t want to be liked.
A few days before the show, Kim Kardashian posted a clip on Snapchat showing Kanye’s special Paradise International Music Festival merchandise. And last night, it sold out!
As Kanye began singing Only One, he stopped mid-song to say “This is going to be my last song, but before that…” And went on to rap the songs he’s featured in: Jay Z’s Ni**as in Paris, Big Sean and Drake’s Blessings and the most recent, Drake and Jay Z’s Pop Style.
Kanye West’s headlining performance set the night on fire.
“I hope you will remember this for the rest of your lives,” said Mr. West. He was right.
For the full Paradise IMF feature, stay tuned! I’ll be posting that soon.
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