When Kid Cudi emerged from his volcano-like set, the crowd at the Lifestyle Communities Pavilion erupted in cheers. The rapper, dressed in a futuristic space suit, started his set with songs from his newest record, “Indicud.”
Between songs, the rapper connected with the crowd, saying he knew Columbus liked to party. The Cleveland-native told the crowd he was excited to be back in his home state for his Tuesday night concert.
Cudi also touched on his memories of spending time in Columbus and walking up and down High Street “trying to get girls.”
He strengthened his relationship with the crowd even further by announcing he represents Ohio everywhere he goes, while pointing to his space-like outfit, explaining it represented Ohio having the first man on the moon.
His passion for his music was evident as he sang and moved across the stage. I could tell the crowd shared his passion for his songs.
The energy throughout the crowd during Cudi’s entire set was electric. The audience swayed and danced along with the artist as he sang. The brisk fall evening and clear skies made the energy of the outdoor concert even more enjoyable. The pit directly in front of the stage was packed with people with their hands in the air swaying to the music. As the concert continued, the pit began to fill to the point where it began to spill out onto the side aisles.
Toward the middle of his set, Cudi introduced rapper King Chip, (formerly Chip tha Rip), who is also from his hometown of Cleveland. The duo shared the stage effortlessly while the crowd sang along.
When he began to sing hits from his 2009 album “Man On the Moon: The End of Day” at the end of his set, the already high-energy crowd spiked into overdrive. Cudi engaged the crowd to sing along to songs such as “Day ‘n’ Nite” and “Up Up & Away.”
As soon as the crowd thought his set was over, a chant of “Cudi” began. The artist promised he wasn’t done yet and began “Pursuit of Happiness.” The crowd sang the chorus along with Cudi and he repeated it multiple times before ending the song.
Rappers Tyler The Creator and Logic opened the show.