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Is Ye finally going to do some Asian shows?

Does Asia still want the controversial rapper?

LiFTED | Marcus Aurelius | 20 Jun 2024

Over the weekend, Ye jumped in a pro wrestling ring in Japan with Ty Dolla $ign and performed ‘TALKING’ from his latest release, Vultures, at the Alexander Wang fashion and wrestling event. The crowd went wild, but many had trouble with this ‘performance’ as it was like his listening sessions where he stood around and rapped along with the words played over the PA system.

According to Rolling Stone, Ye’s creative director, Austin Taylor, has been in Korea scoping out venues and looking at concert schedules. Ye could easily follow what his rival Taylor Swift did and accept millions from the Korean government to be the only country in Asia to have several Ye shows so that people would fly in from around the region and contribute a lot to the local economy. At one point last year, Ye mentioned doing a show at the Great Wall of China.

Does Asia really want this Ye? As cliche as it’s become to want the old Kanye back, there is no more old Kanye. The Kanye we have now is what we get. He courts controversy for social media clout, is anti-Semitic in many ways, likes Donald Trump, and hasn’t made many good songs in a long time [with a few songs off Vultures the exceptions].

The truth of the matter is that no matter how bad his listening sessions have become, how abnormal his political leanings are, or how rude he is to everyone, Ye would sell out in Asia wherever he went. Not only that but because these shows would be cultural events, they would also make millions in merch sales. If he could pull it off, and that is a mighty huge if, a Ye show at the Great Wall of China would be one of the coolest concerts that ever happened.

Does does Asia really want this Ye? The answer is a resounding yes, because like Wu-Tang taught us so many years ago in C.R.E.A.M - clout rules everything around us now.