Tracing the evolution of Kanye West's live performances.
"Performing live is the reason why we make music," Kanye West said in the announcement for his Touch the Sky Tour. "I think about how audiences are going to respond to hooks and intros and certain lines when I'm in the studio recording. Bringing these songs to the stage is the ultimate fulfillment of the creative process."
There is no question that Kanye exists on the cutting edge of live musical performance. In the past decade, with the help of his stage designer Esmeralda Devlin, he has pushed the boundaries of the medium more than any artist on the planet. In this article, we explore the evolution of Kanye's stage design from the 2004 College Dropout Tour to the Saint Pablo Tour, which is currently underway.