"I ain't got that much time out here," Kanye West told the crowd in front of the Flatiron Building shortly before 9 p.m. last night. "You can tell this is super hip hop. This shit is very unorganized for a Kanye West situation."

Free concerts are often shitshows, but last night's first ever Roc City Classic—a beautiful dark twisted NBA All-Star synergy fantasy—was compounded by lots of other negative factors: West was late showing up, there were minor technical difficulties that seemed to bring the concert to a halt after every other song, everyone was under pressure because of the time curfew (the show had to be done by 9 p.m.), and this was the first major concert to be held in the Flatiron District, prompting lots of complaints from residents. Cops didn't know where people were supposed to be, event staff seemed overwhelmed by the thousands who turned out, and the NYPD barriers created labyrinthian mazes for anyone trying to traverse the area.

Oh, and it probably didn't help that the temperature had plummeted from around 40 to the teens (Plus the wind chill factor! You cannot underestimate the wind chill factor. There is nothing chill about it) over a few hours. Memories made in the coldest winter indeed.

Anyone who was watching the livestream at home (you can still rewatch it over at Spin) couldn't know how painful it was outside, especially for the people who spent all day waiting to get in. Cops told us that people were lined up since around 3 p.m. to get into the pen in front of the makeshift stage, but attendees said they had been there since before 2 p.m. easily. One man even said he left work at 10 a.m. to ensure he'd get a spot on line.

In the hours before the show, we watched as people huddled inside Eataly and other local businesses and took their shoes off to warm their feet. The stoplights and walk signs were still operational, but cops (who are certainly hoarse today) screamed at people to move away from Broadway; one older woman was overheard cursing and pushing anyone in her immediate vicinity. It was the kind of cold that turned exposed fingers into swollen Twinkie bars.

Angie Martinez of Power 105.1 made no effort to hide the fact she was stalling for time when she got things started just after 8 p.m. Even though she announced Kanye, the crowd instead got three songs from Travi$ Scott. The weather was out of their control, but the organizers had advertised "a one-of-a-kind performance by rap sensation Kanye West"—instead, the crowd got a G.O.O.D. music showcase, with appearances (and solo songs) from Scott, Pusha T, Big Sean, 2 Chainz and Fetty Wap.

This all would have been fine...if we had been expecting that and not an hour of solo West. Instead, West came on around 8:20 p.m. in the middle of "Black Skinhead." We were treated to five songs (many from his Cruel Summer compilation album); then he seemed to wander to the side of the stage around 8:37 p.m. for some of the G.O.O.D. songs. He was just one of the guys for two Big Sean songs, and the night ended with some abridged version of three recent hits, "New Slaves," "Blood On The Leaves" (which he started over from the top), and "Only One."

The show ended promptly at 9 p.m. We know not to expect any West concert to start on time, but they had a very limited hour window to get a show in. But with the technical difficulties and late start, it was about a 40 minute show overall. And those people who waited seven hours probably got about 28 minutes of Kanye West performing on stage.

Still, the people in the front pen closest to the stage definitely were having the best time despite the conditions. And this wasn't the moody Kanye who stormed off the stage because of lighting problems—this was New Kanye, the guy who woke up an optimist. As he said toward the end of the night, all he wants to do is make art for us.

Things may have been a bit miserable for the crowds who weren't part of the front section—there were thousands of people who were resigned to watching video screens inside the park with no direct view of the stage. Between the technical difficulties, the somewhat underwhelming performance (unless you ride or die for G.O.O.D., which is cool...but it's not a 45-minute Kanye performance as advertised) and the awful weather, it was a bit of a mess—but hey, at least it wasn't a shitshow on the level of something like the inaugural Great GoogaMooga.

And at the end, people started to notice that Drake was hanging out amongst the crowd. As he was leaving, he and his entourage got caught in the NYPD barriers maze (see a clip below), leading to 10 minutes of people rushing to try to take photos with him (as well as several stern conversations with the cops). Between his mugging for the crowd and the fact he surprise dropped a new album last night, one might almost think he was trying to steal Kanye's thunder.

Kanye West, Roc City Classic Setlist:
1. Travi$ Scott, "Upper Echelon"
2. Travi$ Scott, "Mamacita"
3. Travi$ Scott, "Skyfall"
4. "Black Skinhead"
5. "Don't Like" (feat. Pusha T & Big Sean)
6. "Cold"
7. "Mercy" (feat. 2 Chainz, Big Sean, Pusha T)
8. "Clique" (feat. Big Sean)
9. Pusha T, "Numbers On The Board"
10. Fetty Wap, "Trap Queen"
11. "I Don't Fuck With You" (feat. Big Sean)
12. "Blessings" (feat. Big Sean)
13 ."New Slaves"
14 ."Blood On The Leaves"
15. "Only One"