Posted in hiphop | music | pictures on March 25, 2009

words & photos by Faith-Ann Young

Kanye West

True - it was the worst kept secret and the most corporate plumping event of all of SXSW (if Kayne would have worn grillz sporting the The Levi's® logo, it would have completed his Levi's® outfit) - but that doesn't mean Saturday night's show at the Fader Fort wasn't one of the best (3/21). Kayne West acted like a grand circus ringmaster - introducing his whole G.O.O.D. record label crew including Consequence, GLC, and his prized diamond rapper all-star Kid Cudi. Then, just when you got sick of Kayne's world, in came fellow Chi-towner Common sweating out "Universal Mind Control." And then, like Mary Poppins on uppers, Kayne smiled and pulled out yet another prized gem from backstage: the gorgeous divine Erykah Badu (who is a Texas native and was wearing full-sequined silver pants- the combination of which got a hot scream from the crowd). To close out, like a big, super-talented brat pack, the entire G.O.O.D. crew came back on stage and danced around to songs from West's 808s. Whether you love him or hate him, Kayne sure knows how to party (or promote).

More pictures and the entire setlist below...

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Setlist (via RS):
"Amazing" (Kanye West)
"The Good, The Bad, The Ugly" (Consequence ft. Kanye West)
"Don't Forget Em (Consequence)
"Gone" (Consequence ft. Kanye West)
"Drive Slow" (Kanye West ft. GLC)
"Big Screen" (GLC ft. Kanye West)
"Spaceship" (Kanye West ft. GLC and Consequence)
"Disperse" (Consequence ft. GLC and Really Doe)
"We Major" (Kanye West ft. Really Doe)
"Plastic" (Really Doe ft. Kanye West)
"Crack Music" (Kanye West and Malik Yusef)
Malik Yusef interlude
"Diamonds Are Forever (Kanye West)
"Getcha Some" (Big Sean)
"Way Out" (Big Sean & Mr. Hudson)
"Anyone But Him" (Mr. Hudson ft. Kanye)
"Stay Up!" (Viagra) (88 Keys ft. Kanye West)
"Everybody" (Fonzworth Bentley)
"Welcome To Heartbreak" (Kanye West ft. Kid Cudi)
"Sky Might Fall" (Kid Cudi)
"Buggin' Out '09?(Consequence ft. Kid Cudi)
"Day 'N' Nite" (Kid Cudi)
"Universal Mind Control" (Common)
"Get Em High" (Kanye West ft. Common)
"The Light" (Common ft. Erykah Badu)
Freestyles (Common, Erykah Badu and Kanye West)
"Heartless" (Kanye West)
"Paranoid" (Kanye West ft. Kid Cudi and Mr. Hudson)
"Good Life" (Kanye West)
"Love Lockdown" (Kanye West)

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Comments (23)

Talker Kanye West (not to be confused with "rapper") was the worst thing to ever happen to Common.

Posted by HBK | March 25, 2009 5:45 PM

Common is terrible. He's the fucking Dave Matthews of rap.

Posted by Anonymous | March 25, 2009 5:46 PM

The wackest of the wack.

Posted by Anonymous | March 25, 2009 5:53 PM

this looks awesome i wish i could have been there singing along in autotune

Posted by Anonymous | March 25, 2009 6:00 PM

Wow I'm so glad BV put me on to this new-comer Kanye...

Posted by Anonymous | March 25, 2009 6:02 PM

Common was great back in the day and still is, thats why he's got 15+ years in the game. whats wrong with him trying to make a little money (yeah recently he's a little corny).

stupid @ss white youngsters dont know sh*t other than reading music blogs and wiki entries.

Posted by freddie mercury | March 25, 2009 6:14 PM

no matter how wack he may be, common is still better than kanye.
kanye is awful, not to mention too egotistical for his own good.

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2009 12:26 AM

who's the dude w the backpack? he didnt have time to take that off before coming on stage?

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2009 7:55 AM

Dude, are you wearing a denim vest???

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2009 8:00 AM

Kanye is a F&#@ing joke! Seriously, go to any city and enter him into an MC battle....b!tch will get laughed off the stage!

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2009 8:02 AM

kanye is wearing RRL jeans...not levis...why I know that is strange...but I do

Posted by veggiemite sandwich | March 26, 2009 9:28 AM

Too West, didn't Kanye.

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2009 10:28 AM

Kanye works hard on matching fashion with party themes so for the Levi's party he wore a denim vest.

That dude with the backpack couldn't take it off because it would get ganked backstage.

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2009 11:43 AM

I WAS THERE

FUCK YALL

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2009 11:56 AM

cool tracks off college dropout

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2009 2:37 PM

I've heard that Ms. Badu hates white people. I hope that's not true, because this here white guy is in Love with HER!

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2009 3:14 PM

What was the point of commenting on his outfit? It was the "Levi's Fader Fort" of course he would wear Levi's. All the "indie" bands at CMJ who performed in NYC @ the Fader Fort got free clothing from Levi's. It is no different. Levi's made his performance possible and made it possible for you to take photos of him.

Posted by Joe | March 26, 2009 3:42 PM

Joe = president of Levi's

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2009 3:47 PM

Thanks, Joe! I'm wearing my 501's right now ;)

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2009 3:56 PM

Kayne and Common - the wackest shit ever. Common had good albums 1 and 2...then went south FAST! Kayne has always been and will always be the WACKEST. Needs that jaw locked up again - fo' sho'!

Kid Cudi's day and night is a good song, though.

Posted by Viktor Vaughn | March 26, 2009 4:00 PM

"fuck this dude, fuck this dude, wow fuck this dude... she's cool... fuck this dude..."

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2009 6:57 PM

watev all ya people r just jealous cuz u cant be on stage..

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2009 1:40 PM

here is the "common - the light" sample: http://www.90bpm.net/users/monox/mp3/bobby2

Posted by billabong | November 10, 2009 11:16 AM

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