6. Throughout the two-hour plus show West wears a series of blinged-out masks. Could it be some protest against the prying, shameless culture of tabloid media? Is it a middle finger to the unforgiving spotlight he and fiancé Kim K continues to endure? Or is West simply riding a theatrical wave? Let’s just go with all of the above.
7. The word FIGHTING flashes across a huge circular 60-foot white screen as a series of synonyms unleashes West’s conceptual statement (FALLING and SEARCHING are some of the other tags that are given the same cinematic treatment). Oh yeah, there are 12 statuesque female disciples wearing stocking mask over their heads. Yeezus’ “Send It Up” blares from the speakers. When ‘Ye rhymes, “It's so packed I might ride around on my bodyguard's back like Prince in the club,” it takes on a new added dimension with such surreal surroundings. The rabid crowd eats it up. Minutes later, those same clandestine beauties are lined up on the mountain as if they are readying for some religious sacrifice. Fun times.
8. “Mercy” cuts into the Yeezus playlist. While it indeed gets a rise out of the faithful, it lands a little flat given that Pusha T, 2 Chainz and crew are not there to back up Mr. West.
9. Hey, when you have a huge fucking mountain onstage you may as well use it. This time around, Kanye is on top of the structure delivering an epic performance of “Power,” which more than exemplifies the stage show’s dark, futuristic atmosphere.