After a 5 year hiatus, Kanye West has made his return to headline his first concert since November 2016’s Saint Pablo Tour. The DONDA emcee has partnered up with fellow rapper Drake for the Free Larry Hoover Benefit Concert, a one-night-only event. The Grammy Award-winning rappers will perform at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum which will live stream for free in over 240 countries worldwide across various Amazon platforms.
“We’re extremely proud to be working with Kanye and Drake on this historic concert in support of a cause they are both so passionate about, and to collaborate across Amazon for this epic entertainment event,” said Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios in a statement. In the same statement, Steve Boom, VP of Amazon Music said, “We’ve built a home for the most important livestreaming events, and seeing these global superstars on stage together will be a can’t-miss event for fans around the world.”
In an attempt to advocate for prison reform and the release of Larry Hoover, the benefit concert will also support social programs Ex-Cons for Community and Social Change, Hustle 2.0, and Uptown People’s Law Center. Donda Touring, ITC Entertainment and PHNTM will be teaming up to produce the event.
“Kanye and Drake have spent their careers pushing boundaries and defining culture, and we’re excited to give fans around the world a front row seat to this concert,” said Tim Hinshaw, head of hip-hop and R&B, Amazon Music in a statement. “We have made Amazon Music and Prime Video destinations where artists can make their most ambitious ideas a reality—this concert is just the latest example.”
“It’s rare to be able to bring two of the biggest cultural icons together on one stage for our customers across the globe,” said Alaina Bartels, Talent Synergy & Specials, Amazon Studios. “As the home for talent, whether it’s a developing artist or a household name, we’re constantly focused on building opportunities for them to reach fans in exciting new ways. We can’t wait for our audiences to watch this special event.”
Kanye and Drake joining forces is notable because the two rappers recently ended their feud thanks to the help of music executive James Prince The music icons are expected to perform songs from their recent albums Donda and Certified Love Boy, as well as many hits from their respective catalogs. Cord cutters can find out how to watch the concert below.
When to Watch
Fans can tune in to the Free Larry Hoover Benefit Concert on Thursday, December 9 at 11 PM ET/8 PM PT on Prime Video, Amazon Music app, and the Amazon Music Twitch channel.
The event will also be live-streamed in IMAX at select theaters across the United States. Plus, the benefit concert will be available to watch on-demand on Prime Video following the live stream.
How to Watch
Cord cutters have a few different ways to stream Thursday’s concert at home for no additional charge. Prime Video, Amazon Music app, and Amazon Music’s Twitch channel are streaming the show for free – no account required. According to Prime Video’s Twitter, the replay will be available on Prime Video immediately following Thursday Night Football.