Kanye West has earned himself a reputation for being the worst, yet fans still spend hundreds of dollars to see him on tour and thousands of dollars on merchandise from his personal clothing line. But his latest stint may be the last straw for many.
Kanye West has officially cancelled the remaining dates of his “Saint Pablo” tour without any real explanation. However, the announcement comes just days after multiple on-stage controversies, which we believe has something to do with the decision.
On Saturday night, West cut his Sacramento, California show short after playing just three songs, but not before going on a tirade about Jay Z, Beyonce and Hillary Clinton. He claimed that Queen Bey said she’d only perform at the 2016 VMAs if she won “Video of the Year” for her song “Formation.” She competed against West and Drake, but ultimately won the Moonman, which she obviously deserved. West clearly disagreed. He also went after Jay Z for not respecting him enough to return a missed phone call.
Better watch out Kanye, Queen Bey will be coming for you.
Then he took a shot at Hillary Clinton. “It’s a new world, Hillary Clinton, it’s a new world,” West said, referring to her devastating loss in the 2016 election. “Feelings matter. Because guess what? Everybody in middle America felt a way and they showed you how they felt. Feelings matter, bro.”
He continued: “I am here to change things. And things won’t change until people admit their own falsehoods. I got the visions, bro. That’s what I’ve been blessed with. My vision. I’m not always going to say things the perfect way, the right way. But I’m going to say how I feel.”
On Thursday he told the audience at his San Jose show that if voted, he would have voted for Donald Trump. Let’s keep in mind this is the same man who said that George W. Bush hated black people in 2006. In response the crowd booed him — for a while.
“I told y’all I didn’t vote, right?” he started out saying, before continuing with, “But if I would’ve voted, I would’ve voted for Trump.” Of course, he didn’t stop there. “There’s nonpolitical methods to speaking that I like, that I feel were very futuristic. And that style, and that method of communication, has proven that it can beat a politically correct way of communication,” he said, before elaborating that Trump’s style was not only “entertaining — I actually think that his approach was absolutely genius, because it f*cking worked.”
Fans got so worked up that many walked out mid-show.
Then there’s the whole Kim Kardashian robbery thing, which we’re sure she’s still recovering from. When West heard the news about his wife, he walked out of a New York show and cancelled several following performances afterwards. However, each were rescheduled and things were going fine, until his political rants last week.
Initially West cancelled his LA show following his rants, but a spokesperson for the singer confirmed that the last 21 shows — including stops in Brooklyn, Philadelphia and Texas — have also been cancelled. Concert goers can expect full refunds.
A source told People magazine that West cancelled the rest of his tour because he is suffering from exhaustion.
“He’s just exhausted,” the source told the magazine. “He’s been working around the clock on fashion design, both on his own line and the Adidas line. He’s a notorious workaholic, so balancing both that work — which is extremely important to him — and the rigors of the tour every night, it really wore him out.”
The source also added, “I’m sure Kim and his family played a part in the decision… He’s incredibly devoted to his family.”