The NBA All-Star Weekend that happened recently seems to have created a few ripples by way of collateral in the music world. First, there was Arcade Fire's Win Butler, who made his way to a karaoke bar after the All-Star Celebrity Game to sing karaoke to one of his own songs! And then there's bigger news - Kanye West made a surprise stage appearance in LA on Sunday (Feb 17) night. Kanye introduced Kid Cudi and the two performed their Life of Pablo single “Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1.”
This is the second time the two performers have taken the stage together in the past few months; Kanye dropped in on Kid Cudi’s show at Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom to perform the same track back in November 2017. That marked Kanye's first return to the stage after the infamous rant and subsequent breakdown at his Sacramento show in 2016. To jog your memory - the 'Heartless' singer arrived 90 mins late, performed for 15 minutes, went on a tirade against Beyoncé and Jay-Z, praised the then newly-elected Trump, and left the stage only to cancel the rest of his The Life Of Pablo Tour shortly after.
Apart from his approximately two-minute performance this weekend, Kanye has been producing music — he was recently credited with “additional producing” on the Migos’ latest release Culture II — and working on a secret Good Music show in Los Angeles, reports Uproxx.
On Wednesday Kanye's Instagram account suddenly blew up. He shared a photo of what seemed to be a Valentine’s Day card before flooding the platform with a huge array of photos of famous couples, including Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Princess Diana and Prince Charles, Cindy Crawford and Richard Gere, Aaliyah and Tupac and many more. He ended the stream with two photos of himself and his wife Kim Kardashian, captioned simply ‘Kimye’. But it seems like Kanye wasn’t planning on sticking around, having deleted his Instagram account less than 24 hours after the return.
Kanye recently settled a lawsuit against insurers Loyd's of London, after the company allegedly failed to pay out insurance claims, following the cancellation of Kanye’s Saint Pablo tour in 2016. Check out the fan-shot footage of Kanye's intro for Kid Cudi and the performance below:
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