#5. Bowery Ballroom
Date: November 2010
Best line: “If I wasn’t drunk, I would have been on stage longer like, ‘Am I the only one that’s not crazy here? Are you fucking kidding me?’”
Complex says: During the night My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy came out, Kanye hit the stage at the Bowery Ballroom. At that point, his album had received perfect scores from music publications such as Pitchfork and Rolling Stone and was on its way to selling 496,000 copies it’s first week.
Kanye gave a triumphant speech at New York’s Bowery Ballroom as he touched on his portrayal in the media and the pain he endured in the fallout of the VMA’s incident. Proud of himself for getting through the lowest point in his career, Kanye elaborated on how it feels to be villainized.
He admitted to being flawed but maintained that we are all flawed. His gripes were with those who judge and criticize others. He pushed for creative independence. This time he wasn’t defending himself, but celebrating his rise from the depths of fame and inviting us all to celebrate it with him.