You can say what you like about Kanye West’s persona, ego and behavior, but there’s no denying his talent and his significance as an artist.
His latest album “The Life of Pablo,” released in February, is his seventh, and it’s his seventh to hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. The New York Times raved about the album on its front page. Rolling Stone called it “a complex, conflicted masterpiece.” USA Today wrote: “Is Kanye West the greatest artist of the 21st century?”
West is out on the road now, featuring songs from “The Life of Pablo” on his Saint Pablo tour. The tour rolls into Tampa for a stop at Amalie Arena on Wednesday.
It’s his first tour in three years. His Yeezus tour in 2013 drew capacity crowds and awe-struck reviews for his performance and its innovation.
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The Saint Pablo tour is faring just as well. The Boston Globe gushed about the music and visuals of a recent show by saying that it “marries gorgeous motifs borrowed from gospel and jaw-dropping crudeness is a potent reflection of the chaos surrounding 2016, and West is the perfect figure to bring that unholy matrimony to market.”
West performs about 30 songs during the show, including much of “Life of Pablo” and some of his biggest crossover hits from earlier in his career.