Two words: floating stage. When Kanye West performs at the Xcel Energy Center on Monday, he will do so suspended above the crowd on a hovering platform — like some loudmouthed deity demanding tribute (“Praise Yeezus!). This peculiar set-up perfectly encapsulates the rap star’s entire career: He just can’t bring himself to do things the traditional way (“Normal stage? Forget that!”). Often, this talent for breaking the mold manifests itself in some fairly-offensive displays of Kanye-ness, like when his recent video for “Famous” depicted well-known celebs as nude wax figurines. Rude? Of course. But was it a clever way of critiquing our tabloid-obsessed culture? Mm-hmm. Here are eight more moments when Kanye went a little crazy/brilliant.

When: 8 p.m. Mon.  Where: Xcel Energy Center  Tickets: $29.50-$129.50, ticketmaster.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brilliant

BRILLIANT

‘George Bush doesn’t care about black people’

Remember Mike Myers' face? This moment — broadcast live during a 2005 Hurricane Katrina benefit — was the beginning of Kanye’s uncensored political voice.

Jan 14
Crazy

CRAZY

‘Imma let you finish but Beyoncé had ... ’

The Taylor Swift incident at the 2009 MTV video awards made him public enemy No. 1. Was it mean? Yes. But c’mon, Beyoncé did have “one of the best videos of all time.”

Jan 18
Brilliant

BRILLIANT

A dark and twisted masterpiece

Critics hate his tantrums. But no one denies his musical genius, and 2010’s “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” is his magnum opus.” An odyssey into his id.

Jan 24
Brilliant

BRILLIANT

Kanye designs fashion, releases white T-shirt

A $120 white tee is certifiably crazy. But as a style icon, he helped steer the course of streetwear to a more fitted, gender-bending silhouette. Hello, male leather skirts!

Feb 14
Crazy

CRAZY

‘Competition? I think of Michelangelo and Picasso’

Actual quotes from Kanye: “I am Picasso.” “I am Walt Disney.” “I am Steve Jobs.” “I am Shakespeare.” “I am a god.” There’s confidence, and then there’s arrogance.

Feb 18
Brilliant

BRILLIANT

Album artwork is for losers

He scoffed at traditional music promotion with 2013’s “Yeezus,” releasing the CD in a clear case with red tape. The sound was abrasive — and hailed as another masterwork.

Feb 26
Crazy

CRAZY

Marries Kim Kardashian, breaks internet

The Kimye union spawned some really dumb memes. But, it also led to Caitlyn Jenner saying Kanye was one of the biggest supporters of her transition — and that’s brilliant.

Feb 26
Brilliant

BRILLIANT

‘So there it is... No more CDs from me’

“The Life of Pablo,” is the first true album of the streaming era. Since its February release, Kanye has continued to tweak the songs. Now he’s George Lucas.

Feb 26