Posted in hiphop | music | pictures on May 11, 2011

photos by Bao Nguyen

Jay-Z & Kanye West on display @ the Museum of Modern Art
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At the tail end of his set at MoMA's Party In The Garden benefit afterparty last night (5/10), Kanye West was joined by none-other than Jay-Z to work out "H.A.M." before West stepped away from center stage (shocking, I know) to make way for HOV and his rendition of "Empire State of Mind". It was a riotous closing to a set that allowed plenty of time for Mr. West to shine too. Kanye played 45 minutes of hits from across his output. The setlist included "Power," "Run This Town", "Hell of a Life", "Can't Tell Me Nothin'", "Runaway", "Flashing Lights" and "The Good Life". Pictures and video from the museum show are in this post.

BONUS: someone posted Kanye's entire Coachella set as a download. You can also listen to that in its entirety, with the rest of the MoMA pics and video, below...

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Kanye West and Jay-Z - Empire State of Mind from Bao Nguyen on Vimeo.

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Kanye Supernatural at the Moma - 5/10/2011

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Kanye West - Live at Coachella 2011 (Mixtape) by Jordanblog

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Comments (41)

will he EVER schedule a proper tour?

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2011 12:29 PM

the passive aggressive snarky bits about kanye west are getting old. get with it or don't post about it.

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2011 12:35 PM


These guys were way cooler when they dressed themselves.

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2011 12:41 PM

this mf'er bores me.

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2011 12:43 PM

45 mins for $175?! great deal!

did it at least come with free drinks?

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2011 12:43 PM

"will he EVER schedule a proper tour?"

i saw him at the garden a few years back. probably the worst show i've ever seen. save your money

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2011 12:44 PM

fishsticks crybaby + willem de kooning ... a match made in heaven.

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2011 12:47 PM

most important thing to happen at moma since beuys '74

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2011 12:48 PM

The real show happened in Alberta where System of a Down played their first show in five years! 29 songs.....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyoqlVdaYD4

ps NY show please!

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2011 12:49 PM

Nothing better than rich white folks who only heard kanye's crap on the radio thinking they're at a real show.

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2011 12:55 PM

@12:35 - What was passive aggressive about that? The one line " West stepped away from center stage (shocking, I know)"?

This dude is a fucking joke. Get over it or get a fucking sense of humor.

If I paid nearly $200 i would want to fucking talk to him or at least hear more than an average set length. The saddest thing is that he probably thinks he deserves it. He's not doing anything original. Its all rehashed samples and auto-tuned vocals with a boring monophonic synth playing the "hook".

Look at the Flaming Lips. They tour similarly to West. Mostly festivals and very few tours. They, however, put on a fucking show. Crowd interaction. Long sets. More band members to pay. Better, way more original music. West just seems like an over-hyped, under-talented bore.

Moving on. Thanks for letting me get that out.

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2011 12:56 PM

Ticket price included open bar, charitable donation to MoMA which you may slag but I think is still a kickass museum, and a looong ass line to get in.

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2011 1:18 PM

I would love to be able to enjoy Kanye & Jay Z's music, for that matter most of the music mentioned on BV. Unfortunately I was born with two healthy ears connected to a fully functioning brain.

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2011 1:19 PM

There is no hyphen in "none-other". It's simply written as none other.

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2011 1:32 PM

The tickets were $150, not $175. The line was ridiculous-- never before have I seen such a flawed check-in concept and execution. Whoever planned that set up should be fired.

Open bar was included. Kanye started at 11:02 and ended at about 12:20. It wasn't a short set at all! It was pretty easy to be very close to the stage.

Considering the open bar, no ticket fees + charitable contribution, long set, easy stage access, and the Jay-Z cameo, it was a far better deal than seeing a show at a larger venue.

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2011 1:33 PM

@12:56

The FLips are your example? You're lucky if you get 45 minutes of music in their set in between Coyne's endless talking, and if they ever play anything but the obvious hits I've never heard about it.

Fail.

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2011 1:33 PM

a couple points:

1. >most important thing to happen at moma since beuys '74

um, no. the lee friedlander show was better. the abstract expressionist new york show was way better. the fucking badass giacometti show in '01 was way better. and, if we are only talking music, sigur ros a few years ago was much, much better.

2. > Nothing better than rich white folks who only heard kanye's crap on the radio thinking they're at a real show.

yeah, 'cause i'm sure there were no rich that wouldn't be classified as "white" there, right asshole?

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2011 1:36 PM

1:33p. Very good pt about the set length and access value. I was about 3 feet away with little effort & enough space to get a groove on.

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2011 1:37 PM

This guy's comment is the motherfuckin' jam! Point well said. Game Over.

This dude is a fucking joke. Get over it or get a fucking sense of humor.
If I paid nearly $200 i would want to fucking talk to him or at least hear more than an average set length. The saddest thing is that he probably thinks he deserves it. He's not doing anything original. Its all rehashed samples and auto-tuned vocals with a boring monophonic synth playing the "hook".
Look at the Flaming Lips. They tour similarly to West. Mostly festivals and very few tours. They, however, put on a fucking show. Crowd interaction. Long sets. More band members to pay. Better, way more original music. West just seems like an over-hyped, under-talented bore.
Moving on. Thanks for letting me get that out.

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2011 1:38 PM

136pm I don't see any black people! except the fuckin security guards!

get over it hipster. stop using your parent's cc to buy tickets to shows.

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2011 1:43 PM

@133 is right

plus you could always buy two tickets for $150/each and sell one of them for $420 like i did on the night of the show - that made everything more reasonably priced.

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2011 1:48 PM

Jay-Z Coachella 2010 > Kanye Coachella 2011

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2011 1:51 PM

I trust BV's writing instead of 133pm comment.

45 min set it was. even if it was an hour, not worth $150 hahahha

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2011 1:53 PM

it'd be cool if just once the comment section contained comments from people at the show who had actual opinons rather than this side banter from angry people who didn't go to the show and think that every concert mentioned on BV is either played out or sucks.

we get it - everything sucks

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2011 2:14 PM

I drank about $70 worth of beer so I paid about $80 for the show and thats what it would probably cost to see him at MSG and probably in the nosebleeds. So not that bad of a deal

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2011 2:20 PM

214pm welcome to Brooklynvegan comments.

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2011 2:20 PM

45 minutes for $175.
money is nothing

Posted by rashid | May 11, 2011 2:22 PM

Just wondering when the people that"get it" will actually get it. Its a Kanye performance? Has he ever tried to do his job well? 1:18 set length, while not short is also not long. Having been to shows that lasted 3+ hours this is just a joke, esp for tix over $150. Good for him at least letting MoMa have a chunk of the ticket price. Would be curious to hear a percentage. Good thing for the open bar too. I nimagine I would need to be 100% trashed to be able to appreciate his music.

Everything doesnt suck. Just Kanye.

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2011 2:25 PM

I would have paid $150 for Radiohead at MOMA and endless amounts of hummus.

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2011 2:27 PM

But that would be a show, now wouldn't it...and buffet.

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2011 2:32 PM

Set was as 1:33 said 11:05 to 12:20 - props because the event was supposed to end @ 12 -

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2011 2:53 PM

I trust NY Times more than your pathetic little comments. 45 minutes or so it was!

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/11/kanye-west-moma-show-review/?ref=arts

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2011 4:07 PM

Ummm yeah, I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that the Pharoahe Monch/Jean Grae show last night was much better. Cheaper (unless 15 bucks is still too much to you), much better rappers, much better live show. Nothing spells hip hop like $150 ticket prices, yuppies, and the MoMA.

Pharoahe>>>>>>>>>>>> Kanye. Get onboard.

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2011 4:36 PM

Im gonna go out on a limb too and say that an evening at home masturbating was a far better choice as well. I dont need some over-hyped douche to do it for me.

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2011 4:56 PM

Very nice footage and what a great event. You don't get two of the biggest artists in one genre in a small venue very often.

Posted by Terrelle Pryor | May 11, 2011 5:29 PM

Did Michael Jackson teach him how to grab his crotch? Seems like he's got the hang of it.

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2011 5:36 PM

hova is all "howd you get me to play this artsy fartsy shit ye"

Posted by Anonymous | May 12, 2011 1:07 AM

Was it worth $150? As long as you used your brain and arrived early you got all the drinks you wanted (remember in a club one drink will cost you at least $14. Then there were delicious string beans in dip (really), easy acces to the stage (you could be as close as you wanted and you got to watch the socialites rock out to West and Jay Z. I think the answer is obvious.

Posted by David Cwirka | May 13, 2011 12:51 AM

lmao my hand made it in one of those videos posted above. NYCLOUT has some great footage of the event as well

Posted by NYCLOUTinf | June 1, 2011 4:35 AM

lmao my hand made it in one of those videos posted above. NYCLOUT has some great footage of the event as well

Posted by Kanye West & Jay-Z show at MOMA | June 1, 2011 4:36 AM

jay-z is amazing.

Posted by Jamie | March 11, 2014 2:47 PM

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