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Kanye West puts on energetic show at Verizon Center in D.C.

Kanye West puts on energetic show at Verizon Center in D.C.

At his Verizon Center show in Washington on Thursday night, Kanye West kept certain songs to brief snippets — “All Day,” “Mercy” — but made sure to perform all three verses of “Can’t Tell Me Nothing,” still one of his most anthemic and inspired songs in a catalog of many. Soon after, the 39-year-old confirmed he was making a point.

“I have to be selfish for a second,” West said, briefly cutting the music. “Today, I needed to hear these songs. I needed to rehear the lyrics.”

The artist who once rapped “Old folks talkin’ about ‘Back in my day’ / well, homie, this is my...

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