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"It's been one of the greatest experiences of my life, playing my first international show for you," said the Canadian actor-rapper Drake, towards the end of his set, before pointing out that unidentified timekeepers were warning that he had run over. "I waited my whole life for this," he said, "so if they wanna fine me, if they wanna penalise me, I don't care." It was only half-past ten, though, so there seemed little danger of his turning into a pumpkin.

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Since his denunciation of Bush post-Katrina and the magnificent minimalism of 808s and Heartbreak, Kanye's been on a mission to blow that goodwill.

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