Drake sheds some tears during his stripped-down performance of “Runaway” at Kanye West’s recent “Free Larry Hoover” benefit concert, as seen in newly released footage from the show.
Kanye West’s 2010 performance of the track, a highlight from his fifth album “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,” was marked by a deep level of intensity.
The track’s signature instrumental was swapped out for powerful, unaccompanied piano chords, which felt more appropriate given the track’s subject matter (West contemplating his past failed relationships).
To end the song, West improvised some words in which he made reference to his divorce from Kim Kardashian.
Early this month, West and Drake finally made up and performed together for the first time since 2016 at West’s ‘Free Larry Hoover’ concert in Los Angeles.
The performance was billed as a benefit to help release convicted murderer and gang member Larry Hoover from prison.
Onstage, Drake called Kanye West his “idol” at one point. Other highlights included a duet between the two on “Forever” and a performance of West’s 2005 smash “Gold Digger,” the latter of which had not been performed live since 2016.
The event was broadcast live for free on Amazon Prime and screened at a number of IMAX theatres across the United States, with a part of the proceeds from direct ticket sales going to various organizations working to improve the criminal justice system.
Despite early rumors to the contrary, West’s representatives have confirmed that all proceeds from the show’s merchandise sales will be donated to organizations working toward the same goal.
NME gave the concert five stars, writing, “Tonight it turns out that you don’t need to have faith in anything other than the power of two artists at the pinnacle of their respective fields to enjoy a near-religious experience.” I raise a glass to make peace with one’s antagonists.
Both West and Drake have been extremely busy this December, what with all their charitable giving and celebrations.
West bought the bulk of the gifts at a toy drive at a local College and delivered them to youngsters in his hometown of Chicago a week before Christmas. Meanwhile, Drake celebrated the holiday season by giving wads of cash to strangers in his own Toronto. See TheActiveNews.Com for more articles like this one.