Despite the freezing cold, thousands of fans congregated to witness Kanye West headline the first annual Roc City Classic presented by RocNation Sports last night (Thursday, Feb. 12). At least 10,000 tickets were distributed for the show at Madison Square Park which featured Yeezus and RocNation Sports signee Kevin Durant. Although Yeezy didn’t show face for long, the voice of New York Angie Martinez was able to keep the crowd calm before Yeezy hit the stage.
As the snow fell, Travis $cott warmed up the crowd with “Upper Echelon,” “Mamacita,” and “Skyfall.” After running a little late coming from the debut of his adidas line, West finally hit the stage with a vibrant red background and performed tracks off Yeezus like “Black Skinheads” and “Theraflu.” He brought out Pusha T for “I Don’t Like” and then 2 Chainz & Big Sean for their Cruel Summer joint “Mercy.” Kanye also gave his blessing to Fetty Wap and let him perform his buzzing single “Trap Queen.” Pusha T also blessed the crowd with his song “Numbers On The Board” and Big Sean stuck around to perform his infectious single “IDFWU.”
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While there were loyal fans attempting to climb the fence to see their lord Yeezus, there was someone else who also had trouble getting into the show. Drake was in the crowd with the fans after getting denied by NYPD. But after Kanye ended the show with “Only One,” Drake proceeded to leave and managed to take Yeezus’ parishioners with him causing a huge frenzy in front of Jay Z’s 40/40 Club. Soon afterwards, he decided to drop his new album If You’re Reading This, You’re Too Late.
However, Kanye didn’t let that stop him from continuing his busy night at Madison Square Garden. He and his wife Kim Kardashian-West watched as Diddy, Snoop Dogg, Nas, A$AP Ferg and more took the stage at Hot 97’s Tip Off event. During the show, West took the stage once again and performed his memorable single “Can’t Tell Me Nothin.” He dominated the show as if it was his own. He even told the camera crew how to move and catch “more action.”
Watch his performance at Madison Square Park here.