Kid Cudi, Chip Tha Ripper

Sunday, July 17, at Verizon Theatrein Grand Prairie.

Kid Cudi's a polarizing rapper whose sonic creativity is either weighed down by gloomy self-indulgence or enhanced by his soul-baring vulnerability.

His music's labyrinthine psychedelic arrangements sometimes verge into dance, like on his biggest hit, "Day N' Nite," thanks to a world-beating remix by Crookers. This paean to the "lonely stoner" set the tone for his 2009 debut concept album, Man on the Moon: The End of the Day, dovetailing with the music's hazy, dreamy, space-faring headspace. The album's ruminative emotional tenor owes a debt to Kanye West, who enlisted Cudi's help on several cuts from his own 2008 release, 808s and Heartbreak.

Location Info


Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie

1001 Performance Place
Grand Prairie, TX 75050

Category: Music Venues

Region: Grand Prairie

But Cudi's no clone. His speak-sing raps invert hip-hop's traditional braggadocio to arrive at a level of doubt and self-loathing pioneered once by Atmosphere. Shaped by his father's death from cancer as a youth, Cudi dives deeply into his own psyche, sounding even more troubled on his follow-up, Man on the Moon II: Legend of Mr. Rager. It meditates on his struggles with drugs, fame and self-destructive impulses, expanding on the icy, benumbed feel of its predecessor. Yet if the lyrics are sometimes claustrophobic, the music's equally expansive, enlisting a wide range of collaborators in forging rich billowing atmospheric tapestries as indebted to Cocteau Twins and Kate Bush as Jay-Z or Dre.

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