Kanye West mesmerizes adoring crowds at Made in America

August 31, 2014 8:51 PM

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Kanye West mesmerizes adoring crowds at Made in America

Kanye West took the Made in America stage at 10:37 p.m., entering to the sound of snarling, roaring lions and the confrontational tribal drums of “Black Skinhead.” He prowled the stage like a big cat, a brilliant red backdrop behind him. Wearing a mask while the video screens showed him only in stylized silhouette, he slowed the song at the end and quietly rapped: “I always knew they would come for me.”

With an amped-up crowd that had been patiently waiting for his arrival in the palm of his hand, West went on to mix catalog hits like “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” and the King Crimson-sampling “Power” with further salvos from last year’s album Yeezus such as “New Slaves,” for which he dramatically remove...

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