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Kid Cudi/Chip Tha Ripper/Gorilla Zoe
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Mac Center (Kent State)
Kent, OH​

I missed Gorilla Zoe because I had to work and wanted to grab something to eat before the show, not a big deal at all to me. On my way in I found a ticket laying on the ground, so I sold it and made back my money that I payed to get in, so that was nice.

I walked in to the venue as Chip Tha Ripper was playing. Yet again I cannot understand the hype that surrounds him in this area. The kids love him and eat it up. I don't think on record he's anything special and he's just down right boring and monotone live.

Tonight marked the fifth time I have seen Kid Cudi live. Each time he has been in the Cleveland-area (granted, this was in Kent but it still a hometown show of sorts for him). Each show it has gotten bigger and bigger from Grog Shop (350 - two years, almost to the exact date), House Of Blues Cleveland (1,400), The Agora Theater (3,500) to Mall C (a cluster fuck outdoor show) to a college basketball arena. All of the shows have been above completely sold out and beyond capacity. Tonight was no different. And it was horribly organized seating wise: there was a floor (which was supposed to be seats but ended up being General Admission and the bleachers were supposed to be assiniged seating but ended being General Admission also, which caused for a cluster I am sure) I found a spot on the bleacher side-stage before Cudi came out but was able to move to the floor mid-way through his set because I knew the security guard at the floor entrance.

Cudi came out to Power (Remix), which was sweet. He didn't have any drastic lights or back drop this time. To say each time I have seen him live it has been a different show would be a drastic understatement, not only at his level of popularity but the stage set-up and the setlists. Which is a good thing, in my opinion! Tonights show was a huge improvement over the fiasco that was the outdoor show in July. It was a full set and you could actually hear and see him performing. Most of the crowd didn't know the songs because most of the setlist was made up of the upcoming Man On The Moon II: The Legend Of Mr. Rager but they were into it for the most part, I heard and noticed some people bitching pretty heavily about it. Cudi mentioned the fact was that he wanted people to hear the new stuff and get into before the album came out as he took hours upon hours comparing and contrasting the new album from the old so they were not the same. He alway seemed a lot more talkative tonight then other shows. He got his best Kanye West inspiration on by saying: "Fuck the media!" and claiming over and over he does what he wants. Okay, Scott, we get it, you do what you want. You also have been hanging around Kanye too much.

All of the new songs sounded good live and translate well, as does the first album and mixtape. What doesn't translate well is Cudi trying to play the guitar? I respect him trying to and wanting to learn how to play it but right now he just makes himself look like a moron up there. The moment the crowd was most into the show was when Cudi and Chip Tha Ripper performed two song together which lead into the Muchomegamix which included Cudi Zone, Memories and Day 'N' Nite (Crookers Remix). Surprisingly Day 'N' Nite was played for only a minute and then stopped. A lot of his bigger songs were left out of the setlist (Make Her Say, Sky Might Fall) and what I felt were essentials. Every show in this area has seen Cleveland Is The Reason played but not today, maybe because he was in Kent and not Cleveland but then again he kept calling it home and referring to it as such.

Scott Mescudi Vs. The World
Don't Play This Song
Already Home
We Aite (Wake Your Mind Up)
Mr. Rager
Mojo So Dope
Wild'n Cuz I'm Young
All Talk (with Chip Tha Ripper)
Hyyer (with Chip Tha Ripper)
Cudi Zone
Day 'N' Nite (Crookers Remix)
Erase Me
Pursuit Of Happiness (Nightmare)
[New song over PA]​

Overall, I thought the show was really good (sans the lights and older songs) and Cudi put on a good performance. I think I was the only person in the building that knew all of the new songs and was singing along to all of them. I would have loved it had Cage been there and came out for Maniac, which is my favorite new song but I didn't expect it. After the show was over I was able to score the setlist and noticed Up Up & Away was on it which was not played.

Who knows if the setlist will stay this way, I highly doubt it and am surprised he played that many new songs. Did I like that? Yes, I did. Was it a good idea? Probably not, but as Kid Cudi reminded the crowd he does "whatever the fuck I want!"

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