After Sunday’s Governors Ball performances were cancelled and Hot 97’s Summer Jam had to close down a side stage due to severe weather, Kanye West took it upon himself to troubleshoot said cancellations and make the best of the situation. West was originally headlining Governors Ball alongside Future, Big Sean, A$AP Rocky, and DJ Khaled. Simultaneously, Hot 97’s Summer Jam stage was supposed to feature Chance the Rapper, Curren$y, and Tory Lanez.
Instead of calling it a night, West headed out to New Jersey to join his G.O.O.D. music family to celebrate and to strategize. After all, it was West’s birthday, and the music mogul always has to have the last word. Since the main stage of Summer Jam was still open — it was just a side stage that had been closed — West seized that platform for himself — and his fans, we’re sure.
But the night didn’t end in New Jersey, for better or worse. (Is it ever for the worse?) Kanye and company quickly made plans to orchestrate a 2 a.m. pop-up show at Webster Hall in Manhattan. As one could have predicted, the show not only sold out but also lead to a massive crowd forming outside the venue. A video even shows West on the phone with an undisclosed official telling them to call Mayor Bill de Blasio to have him, “shut down a block of about four streets so they can have a party outside.” Clearly de Blasio didn’t oblige, because soon after, patrons were forced to evacuate the streets and Kanye sent home.
It’s pretty ridiculous the kind of rumpus Kanye can cause, and it should be noted that it wasn’t all in good fun. The massive crowd climbed atop cars and busted windows on the streets outside of Webster Hall, causing thousands of dollars in damage. New York, baby!
Check out some of the photos from social media below.