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Happier than ever, Kanye West digs deep in catalog for 'Yeezus' show

Happier than ever, Kanye West digs deep in catalog for 'Yeezus' show

Kanye West knows he is often painted as a brooding egotist, but during his Baltimore Arena concert Friday night, the 36-year-old rapper wanted fans to know he was happy.

“Don’t believe the pictures of me looking mad,” West told the crowd, adding he felt like he was in his living room speaking with friends. 

The 15-minute rant was filled with hallmarks many have come to expect from the controversial artist: Cursing “the media,” denouncing “haters” and still, inexplicably, taking shots at “Saturday Night Live.” But, above all else, the speech — given after the night’s cathartic, emotional centerpiece “Runaway” — felt more inclusive and aspirational than...

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