Date: June 9, 2013
Music performed: The College Dropout, Late Registration, Graduation, 808s and Heartbreak, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Yeezus
As the much-anticipated final act of Governors Ball 2013, Kanye West opened his performance at Randall's Island with the familiar tune of "Black Skinhead" and its thundering drums blaring in the audience's ears. Before the audience, a flashing orange orb with the words "Not For Sale" flickered furiously on the back screen, before abruptly cutting to black. Immediately afterwards, the backdrop flared into a projection of a three-headed dog, which viewers saw at Kanye's controversial SNL performance just weeks before, and the music resounded, finally bringing Kanye out.
As Kanye rapped the words to songs from his latest masterpiece Yeezus and more recent albums, as well as classic hits from Late Registration and The College Dropout, the backdrop behind him exploded into projections of figures clad in black Ku Klux Klan Hoods and other symbolic images. Though much of Kanye's set design from Governors Ball conveyed the darker language from Yeezus, the visuals also fade into graphic, lively, almost Warhol-esque projections, featuring the palette from his earlier albums like Graduation. At one point during the night, the backdrop even transformed into an airplane runway. The striking visuals, together with the debut of three new songs from Yeezus, made his Governors Ball 2013 show an unforgettable one.
"Good Life" / "Send It Up" / "All Falls Down" / "Stronger"