ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey — Donning all white everything, Kanye West fearlessly commanded a sloped stage Friday night as he let his confessional lyrics carry an intimate, winter-themed performance.
Passionate fans flocked to Atlantic City dressed to the nines to get up close and personal with the rapper during his first of three consecutive nights at Revel Resort‘s 5,500-seat Ovation Hall.
Without the backing of any special guests or the dancers that have joined him onstage during his past solo outings, Yeezy alone remained front and center for the 75-minute set.
He ascended onto the stage ramp to Foreigner’s “Cold as Ice” and wasted no time putting his personal life on full display, opening with “Cold,” which caused a stir back when it was originally released, as “Theraflu.”
The lyrics, “I had fell in love with Kim,” teased his relationship with Ms. Kardashian well before the pairing was the tabloid fodder it has become. And, the song came under fire from PETA: After he baited them with the line, “Someone tell PETA my mink is draggin’ on the floor,” the animal-rights organization said Kayne has “no empathy for animals or human beings.”
‘Ye performed the song in front of a backdrop of icebergs and snow-covered mountains as video projected onto the floor gave the illusion he was walking on water.
West kept it deeply personal, following up with “Clique,” another recent single in which he reveals “Deep depression when my momma passed.”
Though the stage effects were kept minimal, “Power” had some pyro, and snow dusted the audience during “Jesus Walks.”
West covered his face with masks a few different times: First with a white feather piece, and later, a silver sparkly one.
Closing with “All Falls Down,” West announced, “That’s my show tonight,” exiting the stage with a huge smile and a wave. “I love y’all.”
This trio of shows marks the rapper’s return to Revel, following two sold-out shows in July. Since his appearance at the 2011 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, the resort has hosted West’s only U.S. solo performances.
Revel, which has been struggling financially since it opened in the spring, is hoping to end the year with a bang. Alongside Kanye‘s three-night run, the northernmost casino on the Atlantic City boardwalk also has a big weekend of EDM on tap: Revel’s HQ Nightclub hosted Axwell of Swedish House Mafia on Friday night, and will present Alesso Saturday night (December 29) followed by Kaskade on Sunday.
And, on Monday, Ovation Hall will be home to the resort’s New Year’s Eve blowout featuring international dance-music superstar Tiësto.