Kanye West debuts music at free show for fans in Detroit

Posted at 10:36 PM, Sep 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-27 23:17:21-04

DETROIT (WXYZ) — It was a Kanye West Experience in Detroit.

On Friday thousands turned out for the hip hop artist’s Sunday Service concert. West surprised fans with the free afternoon concert announced at the last minute afternoon at the Aretha Franklin Amphitheater.

Then as it ended he announced a free show at the Fox theater for the release of his new album “Jesus is King.”

Not all artists could pull off what Kanye pulled off. in the minutes after the show here at the Fox Theater was announced, crowds lined up for a chance to get in.

Not everyone had tickets, which were out in minutes. Paige Whitlow stood outside the front door of the Fox Theater hoping to get a chance to get a ticket. For her this wasn’t just a show.

“My dad is J Dilla. If you know, you know,” she said.

J Dilla is the legendary music producer from Detroit who Kanye has said influenced his work. He died in 2006. For Paige, seeing Kanye’s album release at The Fox is a way to feel her dad’s legacy live on.

“To make sure his name stays alive pretty much,” she said.

Fortunately she was able to get in for the unique and unforgettable show.