As Above, So Below: Kanye West at Xcel Energy Center

Illustrator: Emily Hill

Illustrator: Emily Hill

To call Kanye West a nontraditional and visionary artist would be as egregious of an understatement as saying a Snuggie is just excess Shamwow fabric that absorbs farts and loneliness equally well. His latest tour (named after the same saint as the Twin City he performed in) has further cemented his legacy. With a suspended moving stage and exceptional light work, the whole event exuded the overall gravitas that treads the line between high-concept entertainment and religious awakening.

The streamlined, two-hour experience was one of much obscurity (three if you count watching people funnel into General Admission in deliberately tattered clothing). Much of Ye’s time was spent in shadows, save for a soft yellow glow and a sweeping laser ray, as he navigated through his latest album “The Life of Pablo”, as well as years-worth of hits like “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” and “Good Life”. Absent were the enigmatic interludes and grandiose stunts of the tragically cancelled “Yeezus” tour, marking West’s shift toward a now-trademark minimalistic aesthetic.

Energy was the word of the night: the frenzy of the GA floor and the electric vibes resonated through Xcel Energy Center. Yeezy rapped and sang with unmatched command, even despite his wife Kim’s recent trauma in Paris. As he closed out the show with “Ultralight Beam”, the feeling of transcendent love lingered in the air, where it will remain until he returns with “Turbo Grafx 16”.