Known for: Elaborate concert storylines
Dates: 2013 and 2014
Kanye West has vowed over the course of his entire career never to be placed in a box, something that's evident from his last two solo tours, Glow in the Dark in 2008 and Yeezus in 2013-2014. In his performances, West created a dramatic visual experience with exaggerated storylines, pulling from theater and opera as well as performance art.
For Glow in the Dark, Yeezy interacted with a spacecraft named Jane. During Yeezus, Kanye delivered a stage design unlike anything seen before in hip-hop. Equipped with a massive, oval LED screen, a replica of a mountain, and a runway, West created a setting filled with religious iconography. His stage design was modeled after avant-garde filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky's film The Holy Mountain, and performance artist Vanessa Beecroft contributed to the staging of the show. The Yeezus tour became a momentous collaboration between art, film, music, and design.