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Reviews of Kanye’s “Glow in the Dark Tour” have trickled out in the two weeks since it kicked off, and they have, almost unanimously, been nothing short of phenomenal (I say “almost” because Sacramentoans were upset over a little snafu on Kanye’s part…crybabies). Here are some snippets from the reviews:

  1. The L.A. Times review:

    A show that carries [Kanye's] braggadocio into the realm of myth itself, Glow in the Dark raises the bar for arena tours as no show has since U2′s 1992 Zoo TV breakthrough. It’s that innovative and galvanizing.

  2. Entertainment Weekly review:

    Eschewing hip-hop’s buddy system, West is his stage’s sole visible human, and he’s become a riveting soliloquist. Crouching on one knee, broken up, during ”Hey Mama” — or pacing like a prizefighter during every other number — he gets you caught up in his journey to the center of the id and pulls off something rare: an intimate spectacle.

    UPDATE: So it seems as though Kanye may have disagreed with my assessment of Entertainment Weekly’s review of the tour; today he posted an entry on his blog entitled “FUCK ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY I’M SICK OF YALL SHIT!!!,” where he, um, criticized the magazine’s staff for their “B+” review of the tour:

    You know what, fuck you and the whole fucking staff!!! I know I shouldn’t dignify this with a comment, but the reviewer threw a jab at all the artists. I just wanna know when was the last time you enjoyed yourself. If you can’t have fun and lose yourself at this tour it’s a good chance you’re a very miserable person. I actually feel sorry for you guys. Your job forces you to not have fun anymore. Grab a drink, holla at some nice girls, and party bitch!! You don’t know shit about passion and art. You’ll never gain credibility at this rate. You’re fucking trash! I make art. You can’t rate this. I’m a real person. I’m not a pop star. I don’t care about anything but making great art. Never come 2 one of my shows ever again, you’re not invited and if you see me…BOW!! This is not pop, it’s pop art!

    So I guess we should forget about #2 on this list.

  3. The Seattle Times review:

    It was a magnificent, thrilling, uplifting, sensory experience, unlike any other pop concert before it. West has rethought the whole idea of live performance, from the staging to the lighting to the overall message. He took the excited, involved, constantly moving young crowd on an out-of-this-world journey, to Planet Kanye and back.

Kanye and his Glow in the Dark Tour will be at Madison Square Garden on May 13th, and I will be there if I have to sell a teste to get a ticket.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Please let me know if you know anyone looking to trade tickets for teste(s).

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Atlanta’s fabled Fox Theatre was home to the opening of “big” last evening, a collaboration between Big Boi and the Atlanta Ballet described as a fusion between hip-hop and ballet. It seems as though Daddy Fat Sacks isn’t the only hip-hop personality to have jumped on the proverbial ballet bandwagon; several prominent vocalists have joined the production as well, most notably Sleepy Brown, the voice alongside Big Boi’s in Outkast’s hit single
The Way You Move.

I don’t know what’s weirder: that Big Boi, not Andre 3000, is the Outkast participant in this project or that (presumably) normal people, such as Lauri Stallings, head choreographer of the Atlanta ballet, see hip-hop and ballet as perfect complements to each other:

Big Boi’s contemporary style may seem inherently different from the traditional and classical sounds that normally echo through an Atlanta Ballet performance. But, Stallings said, as a choreographer it’s not a stretch to equate one of hip-hop’s biggest names with some of the most venerated composers who are usually the backdrop for traditional ballets.

“For me [Big Boi's music] sounds like Shostakovich, Stravinsky a little … just today’s Stravinsky,” Stallings said.

Since you probably won’t be able to make it down to the ATL on such short notice for the six-day run, allow CNN to provide you with a sneek peek of the show.

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