Kanye West may have been announced as a special guest performer just days prior to the beginning of SXSW (or South by Southwest Interactive, Film and Music Festival in Austin, Texas), but the big surprise at Vevo Powerstation's J.J. Seaholm Power Plant Performance Saturday night was a rapper no one saw coming: the one and only Jay-Z.
Kanye West -- though announced at the last minute -- wasn't a huge surprise, given his veteran status with SXSW. He closed out Levi's Fader Fort just two years ago; the same year he was one of the special guests at Perez Hilton's "One Night in...Austin" party. But HOVA? Now that's a first for the indie music festival -- and a performance many are surely kicking themselves for having missed, especially once Kid Cudi, John Legend, Pusha T and other special guests made their way out on stage.
That being said, getting into the Kanye West/Jay-Z spectacular -- which included a marching band and spanned the course of two hours -- was a feat in and of itself, with lines for the all-out performance a spectacle of their own accord.
The question on everyone's mind, however, should be this: Could it be possible that Kanye West's star has risen so high that he could outshine Jay-Z? Say it isn't so.