Posted on Thu Dec 5, 2013 10:50 AM PDT
Surprise! Despite proclaiming that he is just as influential (if not more so) than Michael Jackson, Steve Jobs and a slew of other legendary public figures, Kanye West isn't as powerful or godlike as previously thought, seeing as he's been having great difficulty selling out venues for his Yeezus tour.
On Tuesday fewer than 4,500 fans came out for the rapper's show at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri, which holds 19,000 people. According to the Kansas City Star, Kanye paused during his set and went on a lengthy rant, and fans were not impressed. "West almost certainly could have filled the Sprint Center five years ago," the paper noted. "Tuesday’s poor attendance indicates how his scandalous love life, frequent impolite pronouncements and his gradual shift away from conventional hip-hop have alienated many of his fans." Burn!
Kanye has cancelled multiple concerts due to apparent technical difficulties, but many have speculated that the real reason was low ticket sales. First Kanye postponed a show in Vancouver, Canada, and then when a truck carrying some of his custom stage equipment crashed and damaged the gear back in October, he was forced to cancel three shows. His record label said in a statement at the time that the destruction made it "impossible to put on the show and The Yeezus Tour will be postponed until these essential pieces can be reengineered and refabricated."
Then over the weekend Yeezy took a page from the book of Christian Bale and went off on his tech crew in the middle of his November 30 show in Tampa, Florida. Kanye was only three songs in when he stopped and yelled at workers for "f***ing up" his gig.
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