Kanye West has spent his career trying to influence people and push boundaries. Having recently entered Time Magazine’s list of top 100 most influential people for his “incredible tenacity”, Kanye has fought for his place in the pop culture hierarchy for the past decade. In the light of this year’s Glastonbury Festival, we looked back at his esteemed performance to see what pearl of wisdom Mr West has bequeathed to us this time.
Moving past his alternative rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody, where the words he was singing didn’t quite match up with the version he was meant to be lip-syncing to; the “greatest living rock star on the planet” (his words not mine) decided to demonstrate how to increase stage presence using heavy machinery.
After comedian Lee Nelson decided to hop up on stage, it looked like Kanye had stormed off in a fit of rage only excusable to someone of his diva status. As the audience wondered if there was time to go and get cheesy-chips before he reappeared, Kanye wheeled out on a cherry picker. The result was as underwhelming as it sounds, with the only vaguely exciting element being the head rush Kanye got when he let himself down too quickly.
Maybe if he had taken his IPAF training a little more seriously he would have held the attention of his audience a little more attentively.