Have Kanye’s antics finally worn thin? The Daily Mail reports that fewer than 4,500 people showed up for a Yeezy concert at the Kansas City Sprint Center on Tuesday. The arena can hold 19,000 people. According to the Kansas City Star:
West almost certainly could have filled the Sprint Center five years ago.
‘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.’
Indeed, Kanye’s antics of late have been over the top. Between his comments to Charlamagne Tha God, his run in with Sway, his Confederate flag fashions, and that “Bound 2” video, etc, etc it’s been an unending cavalcade of crazy from Ye. Even when he’s making sense, he’s so all over the place that it’s hard to hear the message because of the way it’s delivered.
Q Scores that came out last month showed that Kanye’s popularity has fallen precipitously since 2011. His relationship with Kim Kardashian is probably a good part of the reason. While he does seem very much in love, the relationship — or the tabloid interest in it — is bringing out the worst parts of Kanye’s personality, and many of the fans aren’t into it.
Moreover, one of the arguments that he made in those recent radio interviews, when he was going off on Nike, was that his brand is so strong that it should give him entree to every C-suite in the fashion world. Knowing the value of his brand, it’s something that he should be taking greater pains to protect. If his popularity and influence slips, he won’t be able to grow and maintain that tastemaker status that he so clearly hopes to achieve and capitalize on.
The Yeezus tour could also be suffering from a bit of concert overload. In the past few months, there has been no shortage of tours with high ticket prices for fans to spend their money on. From Drake to Justin Timberlake to Beyonce, everyone and their grandmother has been performing on a stage somewhere in the past year. And they’re all asking for at least $75 to $100 to get in the door. With Christmas coming and budgets tight, nobody has the money to go hear Kanye rant to Jesus on stage when you can hear him rant for free on the Internet.
The Yeezus tour is heading to San Antonio, Phoenix, Anaheim, and Chicago, all before December 25.