KANYE WEST @ VEVO POWERSTATION, 2011: In one sense, the self-aggrandizing Kanye West superhero moment that closed out last year’s SXSW was the antithesis of what SXSW is supposed to be about. But in another, it fit nicely with the highlight-new-acts mission, as Kanye gave the first half of his set over to his G.O.O.D. Music comrades (Mos Def, Pusha T, Mr. Hudson, Big Sean, CyHi Da Prince, Kid Cudi), whose perfectly designed mini-sets rocketed by. Taking the stage in front of a supremely amped crowd around 3 a.m., Kanye finally gave a sweaty and emotive performance, then brought out his Watch the Throne collaborator Jay-Z, the biggest possible surprise guest, to general bedlam. So yes, a superstar moment in the end, but one done right.

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