As a full moon lurked behind the evening's clouds, hundreds of people watched in awe as Kid Cudi performed highlights from his celebrated catalog at SummerStage on Friday (October 6).
Fans stormed the Central Park venue, at the angst of the staff, for a chance to see the Cleveland native bring his late 2016 release Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin' to life. Beginning his show with a rendition of "Baptized In Fire" minus Travis Scott, Cudi's long-awaited return to the stage was all that his die-hards could ask for. However, amidst the serene outdoor location and the drug consumption taking place, one could ask, do they love Scott or Kid Cudi?
The answer most certainly falls somewhere in between as the crowd never hesitates to harmonize to Cudi's melodic agony while appearing to genuinely show their love to the man, who was certainly in good spirits as he owned his set.
Though he would eventually run through records like "By Design" and Kanye West's "Father Stretch My Hands," Cudi remained the night's primary focus except for when he received an assist from King Chip for a performance of "Just What I Am" that appeared on 2013's Indicud.
Classic cuts such "Marijuana," "Mr. Rager," and "Pursuit of Happiness" gave the smokers a reason to spark up once more, whether they were elbow wrestling with Cudderbugs for a good view or chose to kick back on the bleachers. But the underground alt champ took a moment to bask in his glory and recall the journey that kicked off with a little record called "Day 'N' Nite."
"When I wrote 'Day 'N' Nite' I was 23. I'm 33 now," Cudi told New York.
The kids love Cudi, so it absolutely pained some folks that he would eventually call it a night. The hour-and-a-half set came to a close with a performance of "Surfin'." Given the extensive passion, pain, and pleasures that do live in Kid Cudi's psychedelic discography, it was only fitting that he'd end his show on a lighter note.