KiD CuDi at Deer Lake Park (Live) [Review]
Burnaby, B.C. – Mr. Solo Dolo himself aka KiD CuDi was more than enthusiastic to be back in Vancouver performing outdoors at the scenic Deer Lake park in Burnaby. All of the makings were in place for a successful event. The venue – or lack thereof – was perfect, the weather was on point, and the food was plentiful: it felt more like a picnic than a concert, which suited this crowd just fine.
The Cud Life Tour definitely drew out the young hipsters of Vancouver. Cudi’s cult-like following filled the park with printed Ts, fitted caps, skinny jeans and hoodies, almost as if dressing in unison had been planned. To the surprise of many, he began his set fashionably on time – a somewhat rare occasion for a artist like himself. By 8pm Thursday night Cudi’s opener The Knux had the all-ages audience energized and off to a promising start.
Cudi performed a lot of tracks off his latest album, Man on the Moon 2: Legend of Mr. Ranger. As cheers filled the park, it was evident that fans were feeling many of his tracks including “REVOFEV,” “Mojo So Dope,” “Mr.Ranger,” and “Maniac.” His more recent work is heavily rock and pop influenced. Music critic Matthew Cole explained it best when he said: “Cudi [is] burrowing deeper into the black hole of spacey psychedelia, fusing the clinical, synthetic hip-hop of 808s and Heartbreak with rock sounds derived from Hendrix, Pink Floyd and Zappa.” Cudi succeeded in taking the crowd on a psychedelic journey with him; from his vibrantly colored big screen images and his rendition of Jimi Hendrix’s “Hey Joe” to his mini rave session, epinicial highs and lows were reached throughout his performace.
Personally, I was slightly disappointed that the Lonely Stoner didn’t perform my favorites off of his previous projects that I was so anticipating – “She Came Along,” “Cleveland is the Reason”, or “Make Her Say” just to name a few. Scott Mescudi is a creative and unique musician, one whose artistry is non-conventional and bypasses any boundaries that the continuously evolving genre of hip-hop may have. Overall Kid Cudi at Deer Lake Park was a fun event and a great way to start off the summer.
Photography by Jamie Sands
Don’t forget to check out http://www.kidcudi.com.
Cole, Matthew (November 7, 2010). Review: Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager. Slant Magazine. Retrieved on 2011-06-17.