Seven shows in 10 days. Last night in Inglewood, CA Kanye West performed his 6th show at The Forum and although he may be Yeezus, he's still human. After watching a beautiful montage put together by Kanye for his wife Kim Kardashian, he begins to perform his hit song "Only One".
As he was singing, I noticed his voice was cracking, a lot. It was actually cracking throughout the entire concert, but with his auto-tuned microphone, you could barely tell. What you could tell was that Kanye's energy levels were going down and thats when it happened.
"Turn the lights up, shows over. I can't let ya'll have a show where I can't perform. I'm sorry."
Kanye West abruptly cancelled the show after almost 45 minutes of performing. “I’m so hoarse, I can’t finish the show,” he told us in disappointment. “I gotta catch up with y’all at another time. I can’t let y’all have a show where I can’t perform.”
As soon as he said this, everyone in the section around me thought he was joking. I'm a TRUE Kanye fan, and I knew he would not joke about something like this. He legit cancelled the show.
With half the crowd trying to cheer him on, chanting "Kanye, Kanye, Kanye!" the other half was NOT having it and actually began "boo-ing" West as he was being securely escorted off stage.
Kanye showed his true character when he offered everyone in the arena a refund for their tickets.“Turn the lights on. I’ll get y’all a refund. I have no f–king voice, I can’t do the f–king show. Move the stage.” I believe this was fair enough, he gave us his all right up until that point, and STILL offered to give refunds. I mean, he didn't have to do that, but thats what's called great customer service.
We practically experienced the entire show, there may have been 15-20 mins left of him performing, so am I mad? HECK NO! The experience was amazing.
Hoarseness is a very serious issue, especially when it comes to performers. If you try to push yourself too hard, your voice could be permanently damaged and you could be left with a raspy/husky voice. Everyone has a breaking point and the perfectionist Kanye met his last night.
Some things you can do to heal your hoarseness if you are experiencing it are:
- No talking
- Anti-inflammatory spices like turmeric
- Warm salt water gargles
- Tea with honey
- Fresh ginger root and lemon
He now has a few weeks off with his next stop on the Saint Pablo Tour scheduled for November 17 in San Jose, CA.
We still love you Ye!
Watch Ye apologize below: