Kanye West’s Yeezus Tour will hit State College tonight, and with it comes many unknowns. While some artists play the same exact show every night, Kanye chooses his setlist night by night and doesn’t usually play the same set two nights in a row.
To help us predict what we might see during the concert, Onward State has put together a list of prop bets for the show. What is a prop bet, you may ask? In the words of Onward State co-founder Evan Kalikow: A prop bet is short for proposition bet. Basically, it’s a bet on something not commonly betted upon. For example, lots of people bet on the score of the Super Bowl, but how many people bet on how many times the winning coach will say ‘humbled’ in the post-game press conference? That’s a prop bet.
Before you choose sides and try to make bets, we must clarify: First off, these odds are 100 percent made up. Second off (and most importantly), ONWARD STATE IS NOT A GAMBLING OPERATION AND YOU SHOULD NOT ACTUALLY PLACE BETS THROUGH US. THAT IS ILLEGAL SO DON’T DO IT.
With that being said, let’s place some bets!
Rant bets: After Kanye plays “Runaway”, he has a tradition of talking about whatever is on his mind at the time. Whether it be his views on Nike and Steve Jobs, what people think about him, or anything else, Kanye’s rant is an unfiltered look into the mind of a genius, and always a highlight of the show.
Will the rant be over/under 10.5 minutes?
When I saw Kanye perform during this tour in Washington D.C., he talked for approximately 10 and a half minutes. My guess is, with his debut album “The College Dropout” celebrating its 10th anniversary earlier this week, and his new shoes being released last weekend, the OVER is a safe bet.
Will Kanye refer to himself in third-person/as a different person over/under 7.5 times?
Kanye isn’t shy about sharing his opinions on himself and how smart he believes he is. As with the previous bet, emotions will be high because of the tenth anniversary of his debut album, so he will probably compare himself to other revolutionaries of our time. The OVER is the better bet here, with bonus points coming if he says “Kanye West” and “Steve Jobs” in the same sentence.
Will Kanye will play “Paris” over/under 1.5 times?
When Kanye and Jay-Z went on tour together to promote their joint album “Watch the Throne”, the duo made the tour an event like no other. To end the show, they would play Paris multiple times in a row, topping off at 11 times during their Paris, France show. Jay Z played this twice at his recent BJC show, but history says Kanye will not do the same, as it usually isn’t part of his playlist. Take the UNDER.
After “Runaway”, which song will Kanye freestyle to?
- “If you love someone tonight, hold them real tight” — 3/1
- None — 6/1
- “We should have never ever let Trey Burke play for Michigan” — 12/1
“If you love someone tonight” is the clear favorite here. I’ve seen this song performed twice live, and he’s played it both times. But, as you can see from his Chicago show, he isn’t opposed to singing about something else. If Kanye does his homework, he might take a page out of the United Center playbook and talk about Trey Burke, the former Michigan basketball star who was originally committed to play at Penn State.
Who will the opener for the show be?
- Kid Cudi — 12/1
- A Tribe Called Quest — 10,000/1
- Some other obscure G.O.O.D. Music artist — 5/1
- Drake — 500/1
- No opener — 20/1
We have no idea who the opener will be for the show. During the first leg of the tour, Kendrick Lamar toured with Yeezus, but he will be over seas, along with other potential candidates 2 Chainz, Pusha T, and Big Sean. Cudi used to be on Kanye’s label “G.O.O.D. Music,” but left for another label, while A Tribe Called Quest broke up in October after opening for Kanye in New York. As for Drake, he’s got nothing going on right now, but a star of his caliber probably wouldn’t open for anyone, not even Yeezus.
Bank on the opener being someone you’ve probably never heard of that West will be trying to promote.
Will over/under 0.5 Kim Kardashians be in attendance?
Between the fact that she gave birth to Kanye’s child not too long ago, plus her family’s vocal support of THON, this is a slam dunk. Take the OVER, although she won’t cause the commotion that another performer’s wife did just two weeks ago…hopefully.
Shoutout to fellow Kanye West aficionados Bill DiFilippo, Mike Reisman, Noel Purcell, and Tim Gilbert for helping out with this post.