Kanye West's Yeezus Tour at American Airlines Arena November 29

They say you don't know what you've got till it's gone, and we think some people are underappreciating Kanye West.

As Yeezus says: "If you're a Kanye West fan, you're a fan of yourself."

That's right — it's not a popular opinion, but we actually believe Yeezus has done more for hip-hop than any other living artist, and possibly even any rapper of all time.

People get upset when he says things like, "We the real rock stars, and I'm the biggest of all of them." But those folks are just misguided haters. He's not saying, "I'm a god"; he's saying, "We're all gods." It's like Kanye told Zane Lowe in his epic four-part BBC interview: "If you're a Kanye West fan... you're a fan of yourself."

Yes, Kanye is a genius. Sorry, haters.
Yes, Kanye is a genius. Sorry, haters.

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American Airlines Arena

601 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33132

Category: Music Venues

Region: Central Dade

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Kanye West's Yeezus Tour: With Kendrick Lamar. 8 p.m. Friday, November 29, at American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 786-777-1000; aaarena.com. Tickets cost $39.50 to $150 plus fees via ticketmaster.com. All ages.

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Here are five reasons to love Kanye. And yourself.

He dares to be different. When Kanye West hit the spotlight with College Dropout in 2003, rap was not in a thoughtful place. Thuggish types like 50 Cent ruled the Billboard charts, followed closely by mindless crunk anthems from Lil Jon and the Eastside Boyz. No one wanted to touch a guy spittin' about culture, religion, art, or emotions, and it didn't help that he dressed like some suburban kid. Still, he fought long and hard for his chance to rock rhymes, and when Jay Z and the Roc picked him up, they ended up birthing a superstar. As he says on "I Am a God": "Pink-ass polos with a fuckin' backpack/But everybody knows you brought real rap back."

His wordplay is grade-A. We will admit that sometimes Kanye's lyrics can be straightforward and repetitive, but he's also a genius of wordplay, rhythm, and LOLs. Lest we forget, check these bars from "Last Call": "I ain't play the hand I was dealt, I changed my cards/I prayed to the skies and I changed my stars/I went to the malls and I balled too hard/'Oh my God, is that a black card?'/I turned around and replied, 'Why yes/But I prefer the term African-American Express'/Brains, power, and muscle, like Dame, Puffy, and Russell/Your boy back on his hustle, you know what I've been up to/Killin' y'all niggas on that lyrical shit/Mayonnaise-colored Benz, I push Miracle Whips."

His music videos are amazing. When was the last time you saw a Kanye West music video and thought, Boooring? His 2004 debut video was the attention-grabbing "Through the Wire," a pictorial collage way ahead of its time. The "Mercy" vid from 2012 was clean, minimal, and dark as hell, definitely one of the dopest rap videos ever. And yes, his new "Bound 2" is weird as hell, but you have to admit there's never been such a full-on insinuation of screwing in a music video. Still breaking down those boundaries and delivering the LOLs, ten years later.

He's a self-made man. Part of Kanye's charm (and we'd venture to say the reason for his brash delivery) is that he's had to fight so hard for everything he's ever gotten. No one wanted to sign him, and Jay signed him only to shut his ass up. 'Ye thought he could be a great rapper, and despite all the doubters, he was right. Now, as he pushes himself toward bigger and better things outside the music industry, he finds himself once again starting at the bottom. No one wants to give him a chance to create a couture clothing line, but in five years, everyone will be wearing Yeezus-brand designer slippers.

He's one of the single greatest performers of all time. Forget hip-hop — Kanye West is one of the greatest live acts we have ever seen. This mofo runs across the stage at full speed while screaming his lungs out, singing off-key, playing MPCs, blowing up giant LED screens, ranting and raving about the state of the arts and America, and droppin' hit after hit after hit. A lot of people want to act like he isn't really doing anything that great, but go see him in person and tell us that energy didn't get you pumped enough to take on the whole world. Sure, maybe he refuses to go onstage if everything isn't perfect, but that's because this guy has a vision. He won't settle for anything less than perfection, and he's doing that for your sake too.

 
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royalsavagefarm
royalsavagefarm

It's people like Kanye and the Kardashians that would have you believe that they are the coolest people on the planet when in fact they are totally useless nd ithout any meaningful merit. Comparing kim to Marilyn Monroe is a clear indication of how fucked up Mr West's brain really is. Unfortunately, the youth these days are so incredibly ignorant that they believe anybody with a black card and a Bentley. Wait until they get in their 40's and those tattoos no longer look like body art and they're on welfare, due to their mispent youth listening to bone heads like West.

royalsavagefarm
royalsavagefarm

@ Kat Bein...Wow...you must be some 20-something wanna be writer and imagining that you actually know what you're talking about...or...you're just trying to get a free ticket to the show. A useles, meaningles show, put on by a nouveau riche punk from the ghetto who's latest prise has been to date a white woman known for pumping out a sex video and being a hanger on to Paris Hilton, before she did the nasty with that other punk, Ray J. The thing about Rap and that other useless genre Hip Hop, is that it is bred from the ghetto. Every single one of those people, I don't care how much money they may have, but they have ZERO class...NONE! And minimal talent. Hip hop and Rap,unfortunately are not going away anytime soon. The artists and record companies and that traitorous MTV have anyone 30 years old and younger completely brainwashed with that crap!!..

delugeblue
delugeblue

Kanye W's fame is genuine but not perfect! He has tried different ways to reach audience I feel the bump from the fall makes him wiser listen to some albums!

ALLCAPS
ALLCAPS

@royalsavagefarm  out of all the ignorant comments you made, you did not mention one thing about his music. "without any meaningful credit" mate do you even late registration? i bet you are just a hater who willingly believes the mainstream media's demonization of kanye. he has made more contributions to hiphop and music than you ever will in anything, so if you wanna spout ignorance, come back with 21 grammys

royalsavagefarm
royalsavagefarm

...What music? Doesn't matter how many Grammy's the guy has garnered. Those votes are driven by sales and some peer votes. Many folks in the the music industry are lawyers and don't give a rats ass what their pumping out as long as it makes money. And if that means brainwashing wasteoids like you, then so be it. Let me know when you get educated about music history rather than getting a hard on over a genre of music that is akin to a bunch of Indians prancing around a camp fire to one solitary drum beat.

royalsavagefarm
royalsavagefarm

...What music? Doesn't matter how many Grammy's the guy has garnered. Those votes are driven by sales and some peer votes. Many folks in the the music industry are lawyers and don't give a rats ass what their pumping out as long as it makes money. And if that means brainwashing wasteoids like you, then so be it. Let me know when you get educated about music history rather than getting a hard on over a genre of music that is akin to a bunch of Indians prancing around a camp fire to one solitary drum beat.

royalsavagefarm
royalsavagefarm

Your little colored friend has a bunch of twenty somethings powering his Grammy's. Hip Hop is more of a social media type thing loaded with hype. There is incredible sameness, cookie-cutter-esque quality to it. Driven by a bunch of ex ghetto types that have no idea of the meaning of what money is. The cultural term for this is nouveau riche. Money can't buy class, only classy things. And the music, is ,for the most part, meaningless rhyme, incessant single or double beats, no real beginning or end. It's like watching an old western movie where the natives prance around the fire chanting to a singular beat. The melodies are bare bones. The harmonies even less. However, beyond your so called music and whatever genius your brainwashed mind may think Mr West might have, is the fact that he is, simply put, a punk. A punk much like Bieber. Punks one and all much like the entire Kardashian clan. Rap and Hip Hop cater to a crowd that is too ignorant to appreciate musical history of not only the 20th century but much further back. And the sad fact of present day youth is that they are too ignorant of most present social issues that befall the world today let alone any music.

 
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