By JON CARAMANICA for Arts Beat
The New York Times
Kanye West made a last-minute, late-night appearance on a Williamsburg stage Saturday night.There are no secrets anymore. The Internet – and particularly Twitter – has done away with all that. In a festival the size of CMJ, with so many people involved, inevitably someone will spill the beans, or at least make a conjecture, which quickly spreads to rumor, which more often than not in these cases, proves true.
If nothing else, the cluster of people hovering outside Brooklyn Bowl late on Saturday night was its own confirmation: Kanye West was on the way. That it was actually the Pitchfork-sponsored #Offline festival he was planning on making a last-minute, late-night appearance at didn’t much matter. Mr. West is bigger than #Offline, bigger than CMJ, and of course, bigger than whomever he shares the stage with.
In this case, it was CyHi Da Prynce, who was performing as part of a mini-showcase by the label Fool’s Gold, which is run by A-Trak and Nick Catchdubs, in celebration of its third anniversary. CyHi Da Prynce is affiliated with Mr. West’s label, G.O.O.D. Music, but the more important connection here is A-Trak, who was Mr. West’s tour DJ for several years. The connection was enough to draw Mr. West out to Williamsburg on a Saturday night when certainly other, more glamorous things were happening elsewhere.