Kanye West Collaborator Elon Rutberg Talks Yeezus Tour Narrative Inspiration
Kanye West's career has been defined by audacious moves that have attracted almost as many devotees as critics. On Tues. (Sept. 27), Noisy Images released a video analyzing a major factor contributing to spectacle that is Kanye West: his stage presence.
Though the video seemingly breaks down the inspiration behind the Yeezus tour, Elon Rutberg – one of Kanye’s creative directors – corrects some of the claims that have been made about the inspirations behind the tour. “Yeezus tour narrative was a pure splicing together of Dante's Inferno and the story of King David in the bible”, the “narrative” designer begins.
Yeezus tour narrative was a pure splicing together of Dante's Inferno and the story of King David in the bible.— ELON (@elonrutberg) September 27, 2016
Concertgoers fortunate enough to bear witness to Yeezy’s tour antics were often met with an elaborate stage design – which featured a mountain centerpiece with dark skies and clouds along with female backup dancers serving as supporting stage art and of course Yeezy – clad in his staple Maison Margiela mask.
The beast that blocks the path to salvation pic.twitter.com/0AGTkRuFn2— ELON (@elonrutberg) September 27, 2016
Rutberg continues to offer the actual narrative behind Yeezus -- a play on "Jesus" -- with screenshots of excerpts from the book Dante’s Inferno including a part in the book where “Virgil shows up to lead him to salvation” – a possible reference to another frequent Kanye collaborator Virgil Alboh. Before ending, the Yeezus mastermind asserts that Kanye's current The Life of Pablo tour's inspiration isn't the 1982 dystopian sci-fi thriller Blade Runner, as many people have speculated.
lol and fun footnote - Dante's favorite poet Virgil shows up to lead him to salvation pic.twitter.com/KTO9KE1efJ— ELON (@elonrutberg) September 27, 2016
Watch the Noisy Images video below.