More than 13,000 concertgoers filled the Golden 1 Center arena in Sacramento, Calif., on Saturday — some shelling out around $250 for a seat — to hear the rapper perform just two-and-a half songs before launching into a stream-of-consciousness rant, according to the Sacramento Bee.
Naturally, Twitter reacted en masse after video footage from the concert hit the social media platform.
“Imagine being 39 years throwing temper tantrums,” a user tweeted today of the Kim x Kanye x Adidas Calabasas designer’s opinions. “Making your fans pay for a whole concert then performing only 2 songs is disrespectful #KanyeIsOverParty,” another tweet read. Others chimed in, too, catapulting “#Kanyeisoverparty” to the top of Twitter trending topics.
“I thought he was supposed to be doing a show… I can’t believe he’s still talking,” a bewildered Snoop Dogg shared on Instagram after viewing the footage. He later added: “He picked the wrong night to vent like that.”
Among the designer’s many grievances, West blasted “racist” media coverage of his Yeezy Season 4 collection and spewed his wrath at Mark Zuckerberg, Hillary Clinton, Jay Z, and Beyoncé, whom he believes sabotaged him at the recent MTV Video Music Awards. “Beyoncé, I was hurt, ’cause I heard that you said you wouldn’t perform unless you won Video of the Year over me and over ‘Hotline Bling,'” he said, referring to the songbird’s VMA for “Formation,” which bested his “Famous” music video and Drake’s “Hotline Bling.”
“I’ve been sent here to give you the truth,” he began, before complaining that his friend Jay Z has been snubbing him and won’t return his calls. “Jay Z, call me, bro. You still ain’t call me. Jay Z, call me. Hey, bro, Jay Z, I know you’ve got killers. Please don’t send them at my head. Just call me. Talk to me like a man.”
Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook news-streaming algorithm — which critics say has spread fake news stories that tipped the election to Trump — wasn’t spared, either. “I ain’t here to massage you with the fake truth, telling you that Hillary going to win over and over and over, then you wake up and you still can’t believe it. You know why? Because you was lied to by Google. You was lied to by Mark Zuckerberg.”
Clinton, he said, was “old” and made parallels to entertainers of the old guard. The politician held several “Get Out the Vote” concerts ahead of Election Day that included Jennifer Lopez, Deborah Messing, Beyoncé and Jay Z. “If you keep following old models, your a— is going to get Hillary Clinton’d,” he explained. Previously Kanye said that he did not vote in the presidential election, but had he done so, he would have voted for President-elect Donald Trump.
Still, all hope is not lost, West insisted. The entrepreneur claimed he has the “vision” and “power” to bring about change.
“There’s a Richard Pryor interview that you can watch about people coming into power and not changing anything, just becoming a part of the power. That’s happening with musicians because they’re scared. I’m not scared. I’m here to change things. I am here to change things. Things won’t change until people admit their own falsehoods. I am here to change things. I got the vision, bro. That is what I’ve been blessed with. My vision,” he said.
“I’m not always going to say things the perfect way. I’m going to say it how I feel. Right now, press, get ready to write your passive-aggressive, LeBron James racist comments. Season Four racist comments. Get ready to have a field day, press. Get ready. Get ready. Because the show’s over,” he concluded before dropping the microphone and exiting.
Ticket holders received full refunds for the show, and Ticketmaster took things a step further by offering refunds for the Kanye show that was slated for later this evening at L.A.’s The Forum.