After a still infamous set at the music festival in 2008, Kanye West returned to the Bonnaroo main stage last night (June 13). Rattling of recent songs like “Black Skinhead,” “Mercy,” and “Cold” alongside career high-points like “Jesus Walks” and “All of the Lights,” West also took aim at the press during a short, mid-set rant.
“Where the press at? Where the press at?” he yells in a video featuring audience members booing.
“This is real Rock and Roll if you ever grew up on real music,” he says. “The reason why you write that shit about music. I’m from the Southside of Chicago. I dreamed of R. Kelly giving me a deal.”
In 2008, West didn’t start his set to around 4:30AM and leveraged blame at Bonnaroo itself as well Pearl Jam for the delay. According to Billboard,last night at the event, several audience members held “full-sized cutout[s] of Ye and his animated Aquaman suit” as parodied in the “Fishsticks” episode of South Park.
“I want y’all to know that anytime I’m in the studio, make a record, make a t-shirt, I give it everything I got,” he said according to the site. “And when I talk that shit, it’s so you can talk that shit. If you’re a fan of me, you’re a fan of your motherfuckin’ self. You can go out and do anything.” These were humble words for the man, who contradicted the tone of this speech by ending it with “I am the number one muthafuckin’ rock star on the planet, at Bonnaroo!”
“The fact that there are so many people here tonight, it humbles me,” he later said. “It humbles me in a way it gives me strength. I know I set my goals very high. What I promise you as I stand here tonight, 37 years old, this is only the beginning. I ain’t going after nobody on the radio. I’m goin’ after Shakespeare. Walt Disney. Mozart. Henry Ford. Howard Hughes. David Stern. Elon Musk. You can only achieve as high as your dreams.”
During the 2014 Bonnaroo performance, Consequence of Sound reports that Kanye West omitted Jay Z’s name from “Cold.” Earlier this week, Consequence of Sound noted that West has been omitting Jay’s name from several songs. “It’s unclear whether The Throne collaborators are at odds, but Kanye had to know his omission of Jay Z’s name would be noticed by observant fans,” Consequence of Sound says. “Some have speculated that Jay’s non-attendance at Kanye’s wedding earlier this month may have sparked a riff.”
Last month, Billboard reported that Kanye West is planning a 12-song album slated for release later this year. The site reported via a source that the project will be “mostly a mixture of Soul samples and tamed Yeezus-esque darkness.”
West’s setlist is as follows, via HotNewHipHop.
View the full setlist and some videos from the performance below.
“I Don’t Like (Remix)”
“Can’t Tell Me Nothin'”
“Say You Will”
“Run This Town”
“Diamonds of Sierra Leone”
“All Falls Down”
“Touch the Sky”
“All of the Lights”
“Blood on the Leaves”