Kanye West owes his fans a big apology. The rapper has canceled the remaining 21 dates of his Saint Pablo tour in support of his latest album The Life of Pablo.
The announcement comes just one day after West infuriated fans at his gig in Sacramento, which he cut short after performing a handful of songs and going on a prolonged tirade which targeted Jay Z, Beyonce, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Mark Zuckerburg and others. Prior to his rant, West took the time to say during his San Jose show that he did not vote in the presidential election, but would have supported President-elect Donald Trump, causing a swirl of controversy amidst anti-Trump protests occurring around the country in the wake of the election. He also reiterated his plan to run for office in 2020, which he initially announced at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards.
This marks the second time West has been headline news during the Saint Pablo tour. In October, the Grammy winner abruptly left the stage during a New York show citing a “family emergency.” His wife, Kim Kardashian-West was robbed at gunpoint in a Paris hotel, causing him to take a few days off from the tour.
While he is no stranger to conjuring up divided opinions, West, 39, has faced an abundance of controversy in 2016 in particular. His infamous feud with Taylor Swift was rekindled following months of turmoil over his single “Famous,” which mentions Swift with a lyric she claimed to never hear before nor approve of, despite West insisting that she did indeed approve. Earlier this summer, Kardashian-West released videos of a conversation between her husband and Swift which documented the pop star hearing the lyric in question.
Ironically, Swift’s name was also mentioned during his Sacramento rant, though the rapper praised her to the surprise of many. “Taylor Swift is great. We are all great people. We are all equal,” he remarked.
Ticket holders for the remaining Saint Pablo shows are guaranteed to be refunded in full due to the news of the tour’s cancellation.