Kanye West Recruits Lupe Fiasco, Common for High School Concerts
Kanye West recently emerged in New York City to preview tracks from his upcoming album, 'Good Ass Job,' but the Chi-Town native returned to his hometown to celebrate his 33rd birthday in charitable fashion on Tuesday (June 8).
West took the stage for performances at three separate Chicago high schools to commemorate the Kanye West Foundation's third annual Stay in School event. The three shows mark Kanye's first public performances in 2010, as the controversial rapper/producer has maintained a low-profile for the past eight months, in order to avoid scrutiny from the press.
Yeezy brought along fellow Chicago natives Common and Lupe Fiasco to perform three six-set shows at Chicago's Farragut Career Academy, Percy L. Julian and John Marshall Metropolitan high schools. The schools earned their private concerts by posting the best improvements in grades, attendance and behavior among seven other participating Chicago high schools. According to the Chicago Tribune, Kanye didn't have much to say to the young crowd during his set, which included 'Run This Town,' 'Good Life,' 'Power' and 'Touch the Sky,' but 1,600 kids at the Farragut Academy serenaded Yeezy with 'Happy Birthday' to wrap up the show.
Videographers were not allowed to record performances of 'Power,' the first leak and single from Kanye's upcoming album.