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Kanye and the best hip-hop show of my life

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Posted by teibs On March - 22 - 2009

kanyez@ZackTeibloom I “worried about the wrong things. The wrong things.” I was so wrapped up in wondering how late Kanye would be and how awful he’d sound singing without his vocoder that I forgot how incredible he can be. I expected the worst.

I forgot Kanye could “make it good. Make it hood. Make ya cum. Make ya go.” It was everything a hip-hop show should be:

Amazing guest stars making the most of their time on stage, Kanye deferring attention from himself and a constant trade-off as superstars put it all out there in a true showcase of talent.

So, who did Kanye pull out of his arsenal Saturday night at Levi’s/Fader Fort? Simply everyone.

It was a who’s who of Kanye’s G.O.O.D. Music label, from the legendary Common to the enchanting Erykah Badu, to up-and-coming star Kid Cudi, 88 Keys, Big Sean, Mr. Hudson, GLC, Fonzworth Bentley and Consequence.

kanJust over an hour after his 8 p.m. scheduled start time, Mr. West came out in a sleeveless jean jacket, with “Sons of Thor” written on the back, rocking dark black shades. He went into “Amazing” backed by a seven-piece band who put a new spin on his 808s & Heartbreak, making the songs finally sound like they should have on the record.

“It’s great to be out for you tonight,” Kanye said. I brought hip-hop back, you know.”

From there, it was a constant weave of Kanye’s label mates doing their singles, three or four at a clip, hopping on stage, finishing rhymes, free-styling and sharing in the wealth of talent. Consequence’s stretch started with “The Good, The Bad, the Ugly,” moved on to “Don’t Forget ‘Em” which was a theme for the night.

Kanye finally showed he has the ability to share the stage, letting the up-and-comers go solo without making it all about him. The guests kept coming as GLC, Malik Yusef and Big Sean each came on for a few tracks with Kanye before he went solo on “Diamonds are Forever.” Kanye tripped over his words before saving it with the freestyle, “South by Southwest. It comes off the top and it feels the best.”

The bigger the guest stars, the rowdier the crowd got. 88 Keys kicked it up a notch when he came out to sing “Stay Up! (Viagra) with Kanye. When Kid Cudi took the stage, it started getting ridiculous. As Rolling Stone described it, “Kid Cudi got rapturous applause before he even opened his mouth — and leaps of joy throughout the Fader Fort for the extended, four-on-the-floor Clockers club mix of his single “Day ‘N’ Nite.”

commonbaduAs if it weren’t wild enough, out trotted Common for “Universal Mind Control” looking suave in a Cosby sweater to take the night from a top-flight hip hop show to legendary status. The Chicago legends went on with “Get ‘Em High” and would you believe me if I told you Common crowd surfed? I can barely believe it myself.

As if that weren’t enough, out strolls Erykah Badu for “The Light” with Common before Badu, Common and Kanye freestyled for an unparalled performance.

Kanye went solo for “Heartless” which the L.A. Times described as “Stripped down and raw” and “Absolutely gripping, with West on the vocal attack over an understated groove and a brief burst of guitar in the final seconds.”

Kid Cudi and Mr. Hudson came back for “Paranoid,” before Kanye welcomed us to the “Good Life,” which we’d been enjoying all day thanks to free Soco in the Fader Fort Lounge.

It was an all-star showcase at the end as the entire crew came onstage for a sing-a-long of “Love Lockdown” as Common wailed away on a Timpani drum.

I never thought I’d say it, but I love Kanye again. 9.8/10

Full track list:

“Amazing” (Kanye West)
“The Good, the Bad, the Ugly” (Consequence ft. Kanye West)
“Don’t Forget Em (Consequence)
“Gone” (Consequence ft. Kanye West)
“Drive Slow” (Kanye West ft. GLC)
“Big Screen” (GLC ft. Kanye West)
“Spaceship” (Kanye West ft. GLC and Consequence)
“Disperse” (Consequence ft. GLC and Really Doe)
“We Major” (Kanye West ft. Really Doe)
“Plastic” (Really Doe ft. Kanye West)
“Crack Music” (Kanye West and Malik Yusef)
Malik Yusef interlude
“Diamonds Are Forever (Kanye West)
“Getcha Some” (Big Sean)
“Way Out” (Big Sean & Mr. Hudson)
“Anyone But Him” (Mr. Hudson ft. Kanye)
“Stay Up!” (Viagra) (88 Keys ft. Kanye West)
“Everybody” (Fonzworth Bentley)
“Welcome To Heartbreak” (Kanye West ft. Kid Cudi)
“Sky Might Fall” (Kid Cudi)
“Buggin’ Out ‘09″(Consequence ft. Kid Cudi)
“Day ‘N’ Nite” (Kid Cudi)
“Universal Mind Control” (Common)
“Get Em High” (Kanye West ft. Common)
“The Light” (Common ft. Erykah Badu)
Freestyles (Common, Erykah Badu and Kanye West)
“Heartless” (Kanye West)
“Paranoid” (Kanye West ft. Kid Cudi and Mr. Hudson)
“Good Life” (Kanye West)
“Love Lockdown” (Kanye West)

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