Performing for an enthusiastic crowd at the Paradise International Music Festival in Manila he brought the house down with his trademark brand of hip-hop.
At one point Kayne addressed the crowd with a lengthy soliloquy about his new single of his new Album, “Famous” off of the album Paolo. In an unusual turn of events, he ended up singing the song three times, a rarity in itself.
“In the spirit of Nina Simone, in the spirit of real artists, this is the song that broke the writer’s block for me.”
“There’s something I wanted to say so bad that they told me I couldn’t say. That night when I went onstage was the beginning of the end of my life. Lady Gaga cancelled the tour the next day.””You know what night I’m talking about– when I just said what everybody else was thinking. So if I get in trouble for saying the truth, what’s being said the rest of the time?”
“And I had to fight, everyday of my life, with the whole world turned against me, for saying out loud what everyone else felt. But that’s the job of an artist, of a true artist. Not to be controlled by the financiers, not to be controlled by perception, but only to be controlled by their truth. What you see, what you feel, and say what you fucking feel.”
“You don’t know– it’s really overwhelming for me to perform that song (‘Famous’) for the first time and for y’all to react to that in that way, that I fought to make that the first single off of ‘Pablo.’ If you don’t mind, I’d like to do the song one more time. Let’s go.”
On a photography note, the stage lighting was one of a kind, a huge panel maybe 50 feet across, of old school style light cans, 320 of them in all. The panel lowered from the ceiling to start the show then tipped back during the event, while emitting variations of rows on or off. Certainly challenging to photograph, there were no other light sources and the rest of the stage was draped in black, so most of the time, it was entirely backlit. And there was plenty of fog, which wrecks havoc on the focus system, but when caught at the right moment creates a moody effect.
Big thanks going out to the folks at Paradise IMF, a job well done indeed…