Music fest-goers were left in awe after hip hop recording artist Kanye West finished his 90-minute set at the Paradise International Music Festival held on Saturday night, April 9, at Aseana City Open Grounds.
This marks Kanye's comeback on stage since he released his seventh album The Life of Pablo.
Yeezy (as Kanye is more popularly called) emerged on stage with dozens of stage lights beaming on top of him. He showed no signs of jet lag as he gave solid performances of his chart-topping hits on the concert stage.
One of the highlights of his Philippine set was his performance of the song "Famous." Kanye cut the song mid-way and requested to sing it again from the top. The audience sang along with Kanye from start to finish.
Here's a clip of his Manila performance:
After his performance, Kanye was overwhelmed by the audience reception and gave a monologue about being a "true artist."
He told Filipinos, "I wanted you to know, the whole time... In the spirit of Nina Simone, in the spirit of real artists, this is the song that broke the writer's block to me. The song that I wanted to say so bad, that they told me I couldn't sing!"
The 38-year-old Grammy-winning artist continued his speech and reminisced about a setback in his career.
"That night, when I went on stage was the beginning of the end of my life. Lady Gaga canceled the tour the next day," said Kanye in reference to the 2009 MTV VMAs (Video Music Awards) where he interrupted Taylor Swift's acceptance speech as she received the award for Best Female Video.
"You know the night I'm talking about, when I just said what everybody else was thinking," the rapper added.
Kanye continued, "So if I get in trouble for saying the truth, what's gonna be said the rest of the time? And I had to fight every day of my life when the whole world turned against me for saying out loud what everyone else felt."
"But that's the job of an artist, of a true artist, not to be controlled by the finances, not to be controlled by perception, but only to be controlled by their truth: what you see, what you feel, and say what you [expletive] feel."
After his short message, Kanye asked the crowd if he can perform the song once again, to which everyone echoed a resoundng "Yes!" and chanted "Yeezy! Yeezy!"
"Famous" sparked controversy for its lyrics with reference to Taylor Swift. The song goes, "I feel like me and Taylor might have sex, I made that b*tch famous."
Aside from "Famous," Kanye performed his new songs "Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 2," "Ultralight Beam," and "Stronger" from his 2016 album The Life of Pablo. Kanye also performed "All of the Lights," "For Five Seconds," "Gold Digger," among many others.