*Kanye West’s performance at Coachella over the weekend is not just receiving rave reviews from a variety of outlets across the Web. At least one critic has called it “one of the great hip-hop sets of all time.”
Below, the review from the Hollywood Reporter’s Jeff Miller:
Kanye West doesn’t have the best track record as a festival attraction: remember the ill-planned performance at Bonnaroo 2008 when he emerged hours late to perform a lighting-show-reliant set as the sun came up to a bitter, rapidly-emptying corral of fans.
So, his festival-closing set at Coachella on Sunday was under a fairly intense microscope: Another major screw-up in such a high-profile environment would shred his reputation.
Thankfully, that was far from the case. Starting just 15 minutes after his scheduled 10:30 start time (the blame for which rests squarely on other acts earlier in the day), West delivered a grandiose, theatrical performance destined to be remembered as one of the great hip-hop sets of all time.
Every moment of the carefully-choreographed set was larger than life, beginning with West’s entrance. He rose above the audience via an enormous crane that swung him over nearly the entirety of the main stage’s gigantic swath of real estate while blasting through “Dark Fantasy.”
The high-intensity start was followed by a run-through of nearly all of West’s hits (“Stronger,” “Gold Digger,” “Through The Wire”) divided into a cinematic, three-part arc that was mostly special-guest free and hit surprising emotional resonance mid-set, when West declared his Coachella performance the most important to him since his mother’s unexpected death in 2007. The heft of that statement carried through the performance’s end, when West nearly teared up during the poignant “Hey, Mama.”
Watch clips below of “Lost in the World,” “Runaway,” “Good Life” and “E.T.”