Kanye West has a very special surprise in store for ESSENCE Music Festival goers next weekend.

When Ye bumped into ESSENCE Editor-in-Chief Constance White in June 7, 2011 at the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) Awards they spoke about his upcoming EMF performance and he hinted that he has “something special” planned.

Kanye made headlines earlier this year in April when he closed out the Coachella Music and Arts Festival with a jaw-dropping and spectacular performance that drove the crowd wild complete with ballerinas, a huge red parachute and digital art work. Known to pull out all the stops when he performs, Kanye began his Coachella performance flying over the audience in a futuristic crane. We can’t wait to see what Kanye’s got for us!

EMF 2011 kicks off this Friday July 1st in New Orleans. Do you have your tickets? Kanye will perform Saturday night on the main stage, and Jill Scott, Chaka Khan, and El Debarge are also part of the star-studded lineup for the evening.