Live Review: Kanye West Owns Outside Lands 2014
Mon, 11 Aug 2014 15:17:10
Kanye West brought in a gust of "Cold" during the opening night of Outside Lands in San Francisco.
Early in his phenomenal headlining set, he delivered a raw, rough, and riveting flow propelling Cruel Summer's "Cold" viscerally through the night sky and chilling the thousands in attendance as they raised their hands. Immersed in Yeezus-style production and rocking a mask that'd make Slipknot envious, his set proved to be a sensory assault of the highest order. His line about falling in love "with Kim" remained equally potent given Kardashian's presence on sight. It got even chillier though as he froze the competition from the moment he stepped on the stage to the cybernetic tribal stomp of "Black Skinhead". West stalked the stage with energy unmatched and unparalleled throughout the rest of the weekend practically registering on the Richter scale.
"I Don't Like" sent shockwaves through the audience as West upheld his flow with robust delivery and a pronounced grip on every word and syllable. The production intensified with the lights and screens around him blaring as loudly as the hook to "Clique". One of many highlights happened during "Can't Tell Me Nothing", which remained as swaggeringly slick as it did back in 2007 when Graduation first dropped. At the same time, "Power" felt ominous as he's got the titular power to keep the entire game on lock. "New Slaves" subsided into its break as Kanye moved with infectious vibrancy. The likes of "Stronger", "All Falls Down", and "Touch The Sky" reminded everyone in attendance why he's one of music's foremost legends. "Jesus Walks" treaded ahead with the same kind of innovative spark that marked "Bound 2", while "All of the Lights" saw the production live up to its title. An incisive "Blood on the Leaves" left everybody yearning for more.
West's primally divine set raised the bar high. Still, the likes of Disclosure and HAIM offered up powerful sets of their own throughout the weekend, igniting the audience albeit in a much different way. Chromeo got everybody moving, and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers served up a bevy of hits.
However, at the end of the day, Ye ruled these Outside Lands and everywhere else for that matter. If you can see him don't miss it...He froze everyone else in their tracks.
—The ARTISTdirect.com Staff
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