Cudi shows ‘Passion’ in concert performance

Jordan Neel, [email protected]

In his performance on the “Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’ Tour” Kid Cudi reminded his fans why he’s such an outstanding artist. The rapper/singer was on stage at The Warfield in San Francisco Sunday, Nov. 19 – he also performed at the same venue the night before – and performed songs from his past albums “Man on the Moon,” “Man on the Moon II,” and “Indicud” as well as his most recent album “Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin.”

Cudi wasn’t alone on stage either. He had the help of Dot Da Genius — who produced Cudi’s hit “Day ‘n Night” — who served as DJ. Rapper King Chip, who performed songs “Just What I Am” and “Brothers” with Cudi.

Among the highlights of the evening was hearing Cudi perform “Cudi Zone,” a song that changed my life at 13. His performances of “Mr. Rager,” “Kitchen” and “Surfin’” — the latter two being from his latest album were also notable parts of that night.         

Cudi exuded a positivity on stage that engaged the entire crowd as he smiled, danced, and interacted with the front row of the audience, grabbing hands and even signing my copies of his albums.

From the faux trees, to the lighting effects — and even a portion of the show where fake snow was falling — the stage design made fans feel like they were escaping into another reality.

It is important to know Cudi was battled depression and suicidal urges last year and he took a break from performing.

“Over a year ago I wasn’t in the best place in my life. I just want everyone to know that I’m okay and I’m happy,” he told the audience with a smile. “I haven’t posted anything on social media in a while but that’s because I’ve been taking care of my daughter and I have new music on the way.”

Sometimes when you see an artist who isn’t brand new you can tell they’re still doing concerts still for the paycheck. With Kid Cudi that isn’t the case at all — you see the authenticity. He showcases vulnerability in his music. He cares a lot about his fans that, some of whom admitted to me, “he saved my life,” one even sporting a T-Shirt at the show with that phrase.

You know you’ve been to a great concert when you say the next day, “I wish I could go back to last night.” Cudi is coming out with new music in the future so if you missed this one be sure to see him on the next tour he goes on the road for.