Kanye West, and surprise guest Jay-Z, performed last night at the Museum of Modern Art’s annual Party in the Garden.
I don’t know about you, but I’d be pretty pissed off if I’d payed the $150 – $100,000 (!) ticket price to see a sulky Kanye perform for 45 minutes. In typical ‘Ye style, at one point Kanye reportedly sang an auto-tuned rant. An excerpt from said rant:
I’m sorry for y’all up there who ever had to argue for me. I’m sorry I put you through that—I just can’t sit down and listen to this bullshit over and over. They say I’m racist, but how can I be racist, I fuck with so many different faces. They say I’m such a bad person until they meet me in person. They try to make me run away, but tonight, New York City, they can hear us five blocks away. [cheers from the crowd] (NYM)
Despite all the emotional baggage, Kanye did deliver some jams—”Hell of a Life,” “Runaway,” “Power,” “Can’t Tell Me Nothing,” “Flashing Lights,” and the MJ-sampling “Good Life,” among them.
The highlight of the night was him bringing out ‘big brother’ Jay-Z to perform “H.A.M.” and “Empire State of Mind.” There’s not much video of the show available, but check out these snippets of both songs below courtesy of Rap Radar. Apologies for the quality.
In other ‘Ye news, you can now grab an MP3 of his stunning Coachella 2011 performance. If you haven’t heard it, it’s definitely worthwhile — though its also nice watching the video and catching Kanye’s over-the-top stage visuals.