Kanye West’s Saint Pablo performance at the Inglewood forum was a ritualistic light show with a awkwardly dancing shadow on a floating stage. Not only was West over an hour late, the concert relied heavily on theatrics, taking much of the focus away from the music. The show wasn’t bad, in fact it was a grandiose display steeped in artificial fog with flashing lights and revolving monoliths. The blood orange spotlight shining down on West resembled the red hues on Marlin Brandos face in Apocalypse Now and any anthropologist in attendance will tell you, the whole thing resembled an ominous ceremony of worship, with West on a floating stage atop screaming fans as he danced awkwardly in strange jerks and weird leg movements, reminiscent of Drakes dancing in his 2016 “Hotline bling” music video.
The majority of music West performed was from his newest album “Saint Pablo,” there where throwback songs from his older catalogue peppered in, however the whole show revolved much around the spacey and bombastic beats featured in “Saint Pablo.” The set list was cherry picked for an ambient mood, with the occasional certified classic KanYe West banger to get the crowed hyped up.
As far as West’s performance, I personally doubt was he was at his best, having not seen one of his concerts before i cannot say it was his worst show. Although, perhaps since West is reaching the end of the “Saint Pablo” tour, the wear and tear of being on the road has West Fatigued, and is causing West to see the remaining shows of his tour as just another day on the job.
Even though the theatrics, music and general atmosphere wasn’t terrible, the show missed the mark, Its not even the fact that West was late, its that the show could have gone without the spinning stage lighting, thick fog, and laser beams. As a Kanye West fan I was expecting a bumping hip hop show, and not the hip hop artists rendition of “2001 A Space Odyssey.” The whole thing was kind of uncomfortable. Ill admit the floating stage was a neat spectacle, but paired with the ominous lighting it definitely gave “Yeezus” a cult-ish “worship me” vibe.
The uncomfortable feelings did not not stop there, because West decided that his “Saint Pablo” concert would be a good place to the show a home video of his wife Kim Kardashian growing up with her siblings. The fact that West chose to take time out of his concert, where people payed lots of money to see him perform music, to show his fans a youtube video just made me feel a little ripped off. Overall the show wasn’t terrible, but the high price left a lot to be desired.