“Feelings matter, bruh!”
That was one of the recurring themes (if you could call it that) Kanye kept reverting to throughout his 17-minute tirade in Sacramento, before storming off after having made an appearance for a total of 30 minutes.
Whether you’ve had multiple last straws with the artist or remained a devout supporter through his history of abrupt walkouts and tantrums, the stunts he’s been pulling at concerts undeniably show no consideration of fans feelings whatsoever. Despite great efforts in tolerating the sanctimonious rant, the concert being cut short consequently had the Golden 1 Center bustling with pissed-off, now-former, fans. Many others were also left feeling defeated and robbed of their time and hard-earned money.
Totally uncool, ‘Ye. Albeit, keeping his cool clearly wasn’t what he was aiming for in his speech as he continued to target Beyonce, Jay Z, Obama, Clinton, Drake, Khaled, Google, the radio, and even a fan on his phone at one point — “Don’t phone no shit while I’m talking!” He resumed going on about the unfair ranking in the music industry, revealing how hurt he was not winning Video of the Year to Beyonce’s Formation.
“Fuck winning. Fuck looking cool. Fuck being cool,” The owner of the high-end Yeezy clothing line continued, “The way motherfuckers put money up so high, popularity, radio spins . . . feelings matter, bro.” At this point, fans were no longer feeling “the vibes” Kanye was forcing upon the crowd, begging him to just simply continue the music performance some had dropped up to $250 for. “This is the vibes. This is the way of thinking to make America great again. Ha! You didn’t like that!? Guess what? Y’all need the vibes.”
Kanye is notorious and loved for his outbursts. In the past, fans like myself looked forward to hearing them even if they were composed of some obscure nonsense, because ultimately he was trying to articulate even just a bit of his complex mindset. It hyped us up, and made us feel connected to his madness. But this bizarre occasion didn’t sit well with fans, and crossed the line with many once he dropped the mic and stormed off.
“Let ‘Ye be ‘Ye.. wait a second, I ain’t hear no screams from that. LET ‘YE BE ‘YE.”
With new sources now rapidly shedding light on the hip hop artist’s mental health, we’re left wondering if that was really him speaking. We won’t ever truly know if Kanye meant it all, or if it was just delusion-driven word vomit due to dehydration, sleep-deprivation, or whatever justification sources will release next. Tour life is hard, but Kanye has always had the support of fans to be himself.
Despite how the media portrays you, despite your political choices, despite the scandal behind your clothing line, despite the change of your messages in music, despite the extraordinary garbage you have put your fans through, and EVEN NOW despite canceling the rest of Saint Pablo tour that included the reschedules in Philadelphia and Detroit —- people are still rooting for YOU, Kanye. We wish you the best during your process of recovery with whatever is happening, but please wake up soon and come back to us Mr. West.