I’ve experienced four euphoric highs in my lifetime. Twice from witnessing WrestleMania live and the other two from Kanye live. And the latest experience may have been the greatest.
The Saint Pablo Tour rolled into Tampa on Sept. 14 and there was no way I was missing it.
Last time I saw Ye was at the iHeart Music Festival in Las Vegas back in 2015. Great lineup that included Kenny Chesney, Lil Wayne, The Killers, Coldplay, and more. However, Yeezy’s set was only like 40 minutes.
But nothing beats a Kanye tour. Seriously nothing else like it.
No opener. Yeezy merch (and long lines for it). Waiting two-and-a-half hours after the doors opened. And a flying “stage” jetting through Amalie Arena for two hours.
Praise Yeezus that I had floor “seats.” The ground was filled with nothing but mosh pits, many snuck-in joints, and pure pandemonium.
Once Yeezus rose, it was banger after banger. The performance covered the full scope of his discography — from The College Dropout to The Life of Pablo.
We also were subject to one of Kanye’s infamous stream-of-conscious rambles, however, this one was pointed at Kid Cudi. Before the show, Cudi had called out Kanye and Drake on Twitter (which I was unaware of at the time).
To my chagrin, Kanye started throwing barbs at Cudi, including “I birthed you.” I was spazzing out. As for as I knew, Cudi and Kanye were homies and had produced so much greatness together. “What the hell is going on?” I kept asking around. What a mindfuck at the time.
While the rant caught the headlines after the show, it was really a surreal show. Linked above is a few highlights of the show from my iPhone — which I mostly recorded vertically. I suck, I know.
My favorite songs from the night were Waves (which Kanye played twice), Famous (repeated three times), and Ultralight Beam, which ended the show. I swear we sounded like a gospel at the end. Church on a Wednesday night is dope.