Kid Cudi w/ Tyler, The Creator and Logic @ U.S. Cellular Arena
Sept. 18, 2013
After a brief set from newly-minted Def Jam MC Logic, and after some roadies had inflated the giant letters G, O,L and F, Tyler, The Creator hit the stage and soon asked if there were any black people in the building (although not in so many words). The answer was “a few, but not many,” as the crowd consisted mainly of bros, with backwards baseball hats, cargo shorts and chintzy gold chains as far as the eye could see. The audience, enthusiastic as they were, didn’t seem to know what to make of Tyler, his blasé attitude or his eclectic, energetic set of weirdo horrorcore that included, among other things, “Cowboy” from his most recent album, Wolf, the Odd Future deep cut “We Got Bitches” and the Goblin track “Radicals.” As entertaining as the music was the couldn’t-care-less between song banter, which found Tyler mocking the girls flashing their breasts and borrowing a sombrero from an audience member.
Between sets an enormous white curtain covered the proceedings, obscuring the preparation of Kid Cudi’s apparently epic stage show and, after an ominous voice announced some ground rules (no pictures or video? good luck with that), the sheet dropped dramatically to reveal–gasp!–a moonscape set that looked like it came from a Doctor Who garage sale, onto which Cudi, dressed like an extra from the 1982 Tron, emerged through a cloud of smoke. It was appropriate, most of the musical highlights, “Marijuana,” “Erase Me,” “Up Up & Away,” came from his pair of Man on the Moon albums, but mainly it felt like a lot of pointless, and poorly executed, flash designed to distract from the fact that the songs, and his glad-handing charm, came off as rote. It wasn’t terrible, just rather boring considering all the theatrics involved, but Tyler, The Creator’s raw charisma easily won out. So did the Rave, strange as it may seem.