Feature: Why Kid Cudi Could Have Headlined Coachella
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 10:28:52
Okay, so by now you've all read the plethora of articles about EDM killing OutKast and that kids "don't care about the artists" but rather "the festival experience". However, if one artist at Coachella disproved that pervasive theory, it was Kid Cudi.
He took to the Main Stage promptly at 5:40 this past Saturday to a veritable roar of applause and approval as throngs of fans both young and old flooded the area in front of him. All smiles, Cudi grabbed the mic and delivered a defining set for the weekend. His crowd definitely remained the most varied. The requisite teen and college age Skrillex disciples littered the field singing every word of "Memories" as well as some of grizzled hipsters who wouldn't be out of place at a Red Fang show.
Cudi crisscrossed the edge of the stage jumping with uncontainable swagger just before soulfully delivering the refrain of "Pursuit of Happiness". His voice remained flawless throughout the set and fans hung on to every word as the sound sailed into the desert sun. "Going to the Ceremony" channeled a distinct darkness with its distorted buzz, while "Just What I Am" and "Erase Me" showcased those mic skills that helped solidify Scott Mescudi's status as a bona fide 21st century star.
"Day 'n' Nite" felt like a 21st century "Smells Like Teen Spirit" as the entire field chanted along, and "Mr. Rager" exploded with terse, tough, and tight energy. As Cudi walked off the stage all smiles, it was clear that he disproved every "theory" about Coachella and brought the best out of the audience. Next year, his name needs to be on the top of the poster and the marquee as he definitely gave the stunning and show-stopping turn of both weekends.
Were you there?