Kid Cudi announced The Cud Life 2013 Tour back in July and initially there was no Chicago show on the tour. Cudi later announced a Chicago stop at the UIC Pavilion with opening acts Logic and Tyler, The Creator. Both opening acts have totally different fan bases of their own but It’s fair to believe a good part of these are also Kid Cudi fans, allowing this lineup to work out regardless. This was definitely a show we would not miss and the good people at React made sure of that by providing us with some tickets for the team and some tickets for our readers.
Logic kicked the night off by performing “5 AM” and “”925” off of his latest project, Young Sinatra: Welcome To Forever. Most of his set consisted of songs off of that recent project including the song “Feel Good” that samples Cudi’s former label, GOOD Music. He thanked his fans for constantly sending Kid Cudi his music through Twitter and finally getting his attention that lead to his inclusion to the new tour. Pretty crazy and amazing what social media can really do for someone and their career. Logic did manage to throw in some old music towards the middle of his set by performing “All I Do.” After performing one of his early classics, Logic went back to Welcome To Forever and ended the night with “On The Low” and “Ballin.” It was a bit early in the night, but Logic surely won some fans over with his solid set.
Tyler, The Creator followed Logic’s set by performing tracks off of his latest album, Golf. Now I will admit that I am not the biggest Tyler, The Creator fan, but the songs that Tyler performed that I knew were really good. His set was very energetic and had a lot of crowd interaction. Those in the coveted pit are were very into every song and it definitely looked like a good time down at the pit. Some of my favorite performances during Tyler’s set was his performance of “We Got Bitches” (where he took over DJ duties and let Taco hit the stage) and his performance of the Frank Ocean-assisted “Bimmer.” The part of the performance that I’m sure everyone in the crowd enjoyed, whether you were a Tyler fan or not, was his performance of “Yonkers.” Tyler went on to perform a few more tracks before clearing the stage for the headliner of the night, Kid Cudi.
The set up for Cudder’s set took a bit longer than the first two artists and that was expected since he was going to be closing out the show. As soon the white curtain came down, we got to witness a very dope stage set up and Cudi came out soon after rocking a full-body suit. I did a bit of research on the suit and the official name of the suit is the “Satellite Academy Space Suit.” It was designed by Jose Hernandez, who has worked on projects like X-Men, Spider-Man and Tron, so you know its the real deal.
Kid Cudi is really taking it to the next level with the stage set up and suit. He furthered proved that by opening up his set with his track “Unfuckwittable.” Unlike his opening acts, Cudi took it back to his older material very early in his set by performing tracks like “Down and Out” and “Soundtrack 2 My Life” right after his opening song. It was a sign that it was going to be a good night. Cudi’s last performance in Chicago was at Lollapalooza in 2011 and it was an epic one. He knocked over speakers and threw chairs backstage after being cut off at 10pm (He wasn’t aware of the curfew). Cudi mentioned this last night and went on to perform one of my favorite tracks off of Indicud, “Immortal.” There were many favorite parts during Kid Cudi’s set, but this one was definitely one of my favorites. A Kid Cudi performance wouldn’t be right with out his right hand man, King Chip. Although they didn’t perform some of their classics, they did manage to perform “Just What I Am” and “Brothers.” Cudi went on to perform “Marijuana, “Erase Me” and “Mr. Rager” off of Man On The Moon II before getting into the most energetic part of his set. Cudder turned things up a notch by performing “Up Up & Away,” “Memories” and a short version of “Day ‘N’ Night.” Before ending the night, Cudi brought out his daughter Vada and his mom to introduce them to the crowd. As soon as his family went backstage, Cudi went in to his closing song of the night, “Pursuit of Happiness.” As if his performance of the original song wasn’t enough, he decided to perform Steve Aoki’s remix of the song right after to end the night on an even crazier note. Cudder wished the crowd safe travels during his encore performance a few minutes later. I can’t wait to see what Cudi has in store for us on his next tour and on his forthcoming album, Man On The Moon III, due out in 2015.