Kanye West last performed in the Twin Cities in 2008 with Rihanna, Lupe Fiasco and N*E*R*D. Tonight, he's back to headline at the Xcel Energy Center.
Of note, Kanye's been dipping back into his early discography (the "old Kanye" fans "miss") for his current Saint Pablo Tour. His appearance at Chance the Rapper's Magnificent Coloring Day Festival in his hometown of Chicago was peppered with plenty of fan-service early-2000s Kanye nods.
We're hoping that tradition continues tonight, and here's five favorite Kanye tracks that show how far back we want him to take it.
Trina featuring Ludacris - "B R Right"(2002)
Kanye produced this and... hey! Who's that first guy getting off the bus?
Madd Rapper featuring Eminem - "Stir Crazy"(1999)
Yes, Kanye once produced a track for Eminem. Odds of him performing this are as slim as Em's alter ego, but it'd be just absurd enough for Kanye to pull out.
Scarface featuring Jay-Z and Beanie Sigel - "Guess Who's Back"(2002)
Kanye produced this track from Scarface's masterpiece The Fix. Given that both Beans and Face are in the news again, and they've been promising an all-Kanye produced Mac & Brad album for years, tonight would be the time to deliver.
Infamous Syndicate featuring Kanye West - "What you Do To Me"(1999)
Kanye's first national exposure came through Shawnna's first group, Infamous Syndicate. With their single "Here I Go" off the soundtrack to The PJ's, Kanye produced the b-side "Clock Strikes 12." Kanye later got a full verse on their album cut "What You Do to Me." Given how often copies of this album resurfaced at local Cheapo locations, if there was a market to revisit his Infamous Syndicate work, this is it.
dead prez - "It's Bigger Than Hip-Hop" (2000)
Longtime hip-hop heads may not even know a pre-"Izzo" Kanye West produced the reprise of political rap group dead prez's "It's Bigger Than Hip-Hop." You can read it in the credits, it's real. Given how much Kanye's been performing his verse from ScHoolboy Q's "THat Part" live, can you imagine if the beat cut out from that in Xcel and this dropped?