Kanye West’s Best Surprise Appearances at Other People’s Shows


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By John Walaszek

One dictionary definition of "surprise" is, "to strike or occur to with a sudden feeling of wonder or astonishment, as through unexpectedness."

Kanye West is a known perfectionist who likes things to play out the way he envisions them within his dark, twisted imagination. So when showing up at a fellow rapper's concert, Kanye likes his appearance to be the very definition of a surprise. While some artists would come out at the start of the song and act as a hype man until their verse, Kanye watches and waits. He is an assassin, coming out at the last possible second to the audience's astonishment. Once the task is complete, he's gone.

Here's a look at Kanye's best surprise appearances (that were caught on camera) over the years, from a Cudi show in 2009, right up to his cameo at Dave Chapelle's Radio City Music Hall residency this past Friday.

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  • Fergal

    8th July 2009 Kanye joined Kid Cudi on stage in Cork,Ireland. Videos extremely shit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqVCWHJAvV4 but listen to the crowd when Ye hits the stage.

  • J

    They missed a big one IMO. 2011 Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival right under the Brooklyn Bridge. Huge surprise. Less than a year after Dark & Twisted. He jumps into the crowd mid song. Then he is the hype man on ATCQ’s “Award Tour.”


    Also my ticket was only $15.

  • Edwin

    1. Made In America 2011 (with Big Sean, Pusha T, Common, 2 Chainz)
    2. SummerJam with Lil Wayne. Simply for the entrance alone.


  • Sure not Kayne

    Not Kayne but awesome never the less


  • drankhouse

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  • Q

    I would say one of the biggest surprises was coming out on stage with TNGHT.



    yo complex, can we get a little more coverage of kanye? I feel like you guys never feature him in articles. Come on, he’s really good! And he’s like, a style GOD!

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