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Kanye West flings away the mic, storms off stage in Toronto

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kanye-west-pan-am-games.jpgKanye West has given new meaning to 'drop the mic'. The rapper, 38, was headlining the closing ceremony at the Pan Am Games in Toronto, Canada on Sunday when his microphone cut out due to technical issues.

The malfunction caused perfectionist West to throw his mic into the air and leave the stage just 13 minutes into his set at the Rogers Centre.

West was in the middle of an energetic performance when his microphone sound cut out at exactly 10pm, just as he launched into The Good Life, reports Billboard. The frustrated musician then hurled his mic into the air and left the stage without a word. His sudden exit confused the stadium crowd, who couldn't hear anything due to the technical issues.

However, the TV audience watching at home had a different experience, as they were still able to hear the sound up until the point he walked off stage, reports The Huffington Post. CBC, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, later tweeted the problem was due to 'technical issues'.

Despite the troublesome microphone, West thrilled the audience with a short-but-electric performance, jumping and leaping into the air and giving his all to the 40,000-strong crowd. Although the critically-acclaimed rapper performed just half of his set, he still made it through his hits Power, Stronger and Black Skinhead.The All Day rapper then launched into Touch The Sky, imploring the crowd to 'jump, jump, jump' and leaping high into the air in his trademark Adidas Yeezy 350 Boost sneakers.

Yeezy was a controversial choice for the Pan Am Games closing ceremony, with 20,000 people signing an online petition calling for a Toronto musician - like rapper Drake - to get the high-profile gig.

The Pan Am Games brings together athletes from the across the Americas to compete in summer sports, and is held every four years in the year before the Summer Olympics.

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