Kanye West kicked off a two-night solo run at the Revel Resort in Atlantic City, N.J., last night (July 6), and as the Star-Ledgerreports, Yeezy unleashed an over-the-top three-act hip-hop circus. He danced with ballerinas, rapped with Pusha T, ruminated on sexual frustration and even sang a version of Phil Collins' "In the Air Tonight."
"It was all on display Friday night at Revel -- the arrogance, the inventiveness, the pride in his artistry, the occasional lapses in command, the willingness to take risks, the genuine love of hip-hop, the just-as-genuine desire to transcend hip-hop, the silly business, the reach for high art while wallowing in the gutter, the eternal desire to write curses in cursive," wrote Star-Ledger critic Tris McCall, summing up the beguiling phenomenon that is 'Ye as well as anyone might.
Offering a bit of cogent self-analysis, West included in his second run-through of "Cold" -- one of the more than two-dozen songs he offered up during the marathon performance -- a statement that reads like both a boast and an apology.
"As a man, I'm not perfect," he said, according to MTV.com. "But my music is."
Watch Kanye West Perform "Dark Fantasy" at Revel
Watch Kanye West Perform Phil Collins' "In the Air Tonight" at Revel