Kanye's Pablo Tour A Populist Performance Art Piece

There’s something so dope about the way Kanye has set up the staging of his latest tour. Last time he went on tour he postured like a god on a high mountain. At the ground level, fans clamored around the stage as Kanye seemed to position himself above them as someone authoritative, like a god. 

This time around, he’s straight up floating over their heads on a suspended stage. The approach this time seems less about posturing though, and more about facilitating a greater experience for the audience unlike it ever has been before. By elevating himself out of the crowds reach, Kanye makes room for them in a space that he would usually occupy, they have become a part of the show just as much as he has. The spectators have become participants in this show instead of bystanders. 

But at the same time, there is room for those who don’t wish to be in the midst of the mania, as some sit idly off to the side or up in the nosebleeds just taking it all in, no one has a bad seat at this show, shifting the paradigm for what it means to go to a major artists concert. Instead of mere posturing for applause, the concert has become one great party of elation and hype. I don’t think the connotation is intentional but in a nation right now where the political landscape really seems to be about those in power trying to cause us to believe that the populous is in it’s best interest… Kanye’s approach is refreshing. He’s still technically unreachable, but there is a sort of populist aesthetic to the show. The crowd feels valued, a part of something bigger; not simply dismissed as step stones. Granted, the movement only lasts for two hours, but for some it can mean the world. I can’t wait to be a part of it when he comes to LA. 

Sidenote: Kanye says that Ridley Scott was an inspiration for the tour visuals, and I knew I thought I was getting major blade runner vibes for a reason. It’s almost like we’re getting an industrial/minimalist version of Ye’s “Glow In The Dark” Tour.