On Labor Day, I had the pleasure of seeing my favorite rapper, Kanye West, at Madison Square Garden. As my friends and I entered the arena, we saw the infamous floating stage (talked about on social media from previous shows) surrounded by theatrical smoke. As the stage descended for Kanye to climb onto it, the crowd's energy began building up more and more. During the show, the stage began moving across the crowd in the floor seating section. I have seen Kanye on his two previous tours, and in comparison, this show had the most simplistic production design. Usually, he is known for doing huge stage productions with an array of graphics: an outer space theme for his Glow in the Dark Tour and an elaborate mountain/Jesus theme for his Yeezus Tour. This time around, the only graphic elements were his illuminating stage, oscillating light fixtures (see video here), and TV screens that showed a somewhat distorted picture of him.
In a nutshell, the concert was an amazing experience.
(c) Britany Pratt, September 2016