Kanye West left the stage at The Meadows festival mid-song last night due to a “family emergency,” which was apparently the news that his wife had been robbed in Paris.
“Kim Kardashian West was held up at gunpoint inside her Paris hotel room this evening, by two armed masked men dressed as police officers,” Kim Kardashian West spokeswoman Ina Treciokas told CNN. “She is badly shaken but physically unharmed.”
West was about 50 minutes into his headlining set, in the middle of “Heartless,” when he stopped the song and said, “I’m sorry there’s been a family emergency,” and immediately rushed off the stage.
After initially saying the set would continue after a short intermission, the lights came up in the Citi Field parking lot and organizers announced the show was over to a stunned audience that booed as they headed to the exits.
Up until that point, West’s set was decidedly no-frills, barely taking any breaks between songs or saying anything extraneous.
Letting the music speak for itself had been a powerful strategy as he ripped through songs from “The Life of Pablo” such as the controversial “Famous,” and a wide array of hits including “Jesus Walks,” “In Paris” and “Flashing Lights,” where he did some ad-libbing.
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If opening day of The Meadows was about showing off its eclectic roots in Queens, the final day was all about hip-hop.
After all, West and Chance the Rapper, two of hip-hop’s biggest and most creative stars of the moment, topped last night’s bill for the festival in the Citi Field parking lot.
Chance the Rapper’s set reflected the offbeat, clever sensibilities of his recent “Coloring Book” album, his distinctive flow accented with a live horn section. He also bantered with a giant lion puppet named Carlos, who encouraged him to play some of his older material, leaning into a high-energy version of “Brain Cells.”
Great hip-hop was pretty much on display throughout the 10-hour day. Pusha T delivered a strong, hard-hitting set, including his memorable verse on West’s “Runaway.” Mac Miller rolled out a more pop-leaning brand of hip-hop, including his dance-oriented new hit “Dang!”
Of course, other styles represented Sunday. Metric delivered an energetic set of indie rock with the festival’s longest guitar solos, aside from the ones from Twin Shadow in their tribute to Prince’s “Purple Rain.”