Never let it be said that Kanye West doesn't know how to captivate an audience, even on his moodiest of days. The besieged egomaniac with 2010's album of the year was scheduled to perform at the Museum of Modern Art's annual Party in the Garden for more than 1,000 patrons last night, and turned in a memorable performance that included not only extended, reworked collection of his hits, but also his Watch The Throne collaborator Jay-Z.
Dressed in a gray hoodie, a white t-shirt and ripped blue jeans, Yeezy delivered a set pulling heavily from My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy while reaching back into his older catalog including with "Can't Tell Me Nothing," "Flashing Lights" and even a taste of Jay-Z's archive of work.
Watch below for the opening moments of Kanye's set at MoMa’s Party In The Garden, where he sings a majority of “They Won’t Go When I Go” from Stevie Wonder’s 1974 album Fullfillingness’ First Finale. From there West segues into “Hell Of A Life” from My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. It's a bit awkward, but it's a good watch:
After Ye finished "Runaway" he addressed the crowd in what has become a standard self-pitying confessional at his live shows, “Thank you for loving me when they told you not to love me,” he sang. “Do you know what it feels like to be hated, do you know what it feels like to be degraded?”
Hova came out on stage to perform the duo's leaked collaboration track “H.A.M.,” as well as “Empire State of Mind”.
All proceeds from the event go toward "the Museum's general operating fund, supporting our award-winning educational programs and the care, study, and exhibition of the collection." The cheapest ticket of the night was $150, but entrance to the VIP lounge or to the dinner or cocktail party earlier in the night cost fans anywhere from $500 to $100,000 (for a table).