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An Open Letter to Kanye West [Article]

Vancouver, BC – Our friend Robert Collins over at CTV News BC had a few words to share on the recent and second cancellation of Kanye West’s Yeezus Tour stop in Vancouver. Needless to say Vancouver residents and out-of-town ticket holders are more than frustrated and no doubt even more disappointed by the absence of Yeezy where Yeezy should have been. Collins shares his thoughts in an open letter to Kanye West saying the things he wishes he could say to ‘Ye himself – check it out after the jump.

An Open Letter to Kanye West [Article] -

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Dear Kanye West,

I’ve been lucky. I’ve seen Metallica arrive on stage an hour late, explain to a festival crowd that Lars Ulrich was in hospital in an emergency room, then watched them play the show with fill-in drummers from other bands on the bill. They were far from perfect, but they rocked it.

I saw Joan Jett – an artist whose boots you are not fit to kiss – dedicate a show to her mother who’d passed away the previous day. She played on with fire, even though she was so grief-stricken her crew eventually had to help her off stage. Hell, Tupac even delivered at Coachella 2012 and he was dead. The lesson? The show must go on.

So, what’s your excuse for cancelling your second Vancouver date with hours to go before doors open for the SECOND TIME in two weeks? Here’s the statement from your press representatives. At the time of writing your almighty twitter feed has yet to address the issue.

“Yesterday, on the road to Vancouver, a truck carrying The Yeezus Tour‘s custom-made video truss and 60-ft circular LED screen was in an accident that damaged the gear beyond repair. This gear is central to the staging of The Yeezus Tour, and central to the creative vision put forth by Kanye West and his design team at DONDA. As a result of this event, it is impossible to put on the show and The Yeezus Tour will be postponed until these essential pieces can be reengineered and refabricated. Kanye West will not compromise on bringing the show, as it was originally envisioned and designed, to his fans. The Vancouver, Denver and Minneapolis dates have been postponed. Further details on the affected tour dates will be announced shortly.”

Apparently you cannot entertain an audience without a pretend mountain that a pretend Jesus/Yeezus cannot pretend to scale. I don’t know or care what this visual metaphor is meant to represent. Your journey to secure the most vapid celebrity wife in Western Civilization? Your quest to become the most pretentious and delusional rapper of all-time?

Here’s some news for you, Kanye West. You’re not Jesus. When Jesus drew a crowd armed only with some fish and bread, he delivered. You didn’t. You’re not even an MC.

Ice-T is almost certainly regretting giving you that slot in his excellent documentary, The Art of Rap, where he took pains to stress the difference between a rapper and an MC. Ice had been stressing that point since 1991.

I’ll never get a Grammy, so fuck the G
/ All I need is crowd, and my M-I-C.

You haven’t just betrayed you Vancouver fans, many of who are left seriously out of pocket TWICE thanks to your last-minute technical hissy fits. You’ve also betrayed your art. Hip hop’s brilliance lies in its simplicity. It is music and poetry born out of poverty. The artist needs almost nothing, only ideas and his or her own voice, to create magic. That is what makes it unique. That is what makes it special. It does not need a rig too big to travel from arena to arena across North America. It does not need a video screen truss. It does not need pretend Jesus. It does not need a giant shrine to your massive ego.

I’ve been lucky. At one of those rain-drenched British festivals that instantly turn into mud baths I saw Ice-T swagger on stage in a downpour with only a DJ and two buddies (they were too low-key to be called hype men) for company. Five seconds later someone in the crowd pitched a mud fastball straight at him. Without flinching, Ice caught it one-handed, dropped it on the floor and spoke calmly into the mic.

“Whoever threw that is a racist motherfucker.”

That is an MC. That is a professional. You, sir, are neither of those things.

Yours truly,

Robert Collins

About Robert Collins

Robert Collins is the music reporter for CTV News British Columbia. He has been writing about music for over a decade, coming to Vancouver after living and working in London, England, and contributing to many magazines and newspapers in both the UK and Canada.

Notice: The views and opinions expressed in this page are strictly those of the author and are not necessarily those of HipHopCanada or its affiliates.

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Kassandra has her hands in several cookie jars. Born in Ontario but raised on the West coast, she is currently located in the wonderfully diverse East side of Vancouver. With a passion for all things creative KassKills is a hair stylist by day and HipHopCanada's West Coast Regional Editor by night. Music and public relations are her true passions and although she didn't inherit the talent of her musician father she makes her mark on the industry through other avenues. By night you can catch KassKills at almost every Vancity hip-hop show, shaking hands and snapping photos while covering and supporting the local music scene. On top of that she works closely with one of the cities most reputable concert promotors, Timbre Concerts. Kass is a hustler by nature and works hard to play a key role Vancity's hip-hop scene. Over the years she has seen, photographed and interviewed many of hip-hop's top artists such as T.I, Raekwon, Sheek Louch, Noreaga, Black Milk, Waka Flocka, Ab-Soul & Dizaster.

  1. ken

    If all you wanted was a guy on a mic…why did you decide to go see a Kanye West show? You already knew it was going to be an elaborate, ego driven tech heavy show so don’t expect the guy to just come out and grab a mix as if he’s doing a small club if his equiptment fails. There are obviously other things at play here…and agreed he doesn’t seem very professional in general but that’s kinda his appeal and the reason you forked over a lot of dough to see him. He’s a bit of a messed up dick and messed up dicks who are rich can sometimes cancel shows at the last minute. I feel bad for the people that were twice cancelled on but to go on rant like this seems more like sour grapes then anything else.

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