Hip-hop artist Kid Cudi appeared to draw the largest crowd at the Audiotistic Music Festival in San Bernardino on Sunday morning.
Cudi started singing “Already Home,” his duet with Jay-Z, and then he went through many of his hits that the audience loudly rapped or sang along to including “Up Up & Away,” “Soundtrack 2 My Life” and “Day and Night.”
Unfortunately, Cudi only performed one verse of “Day and Night” despite the audience losing their mind before he cut it off, which disappointed some fans, and immediately went into his closing song “Pursuit of Happiness” which sent the audience home happy.
My only complaint was he was off key during the performance and cutting “Day and Night” short but the audience was actually louder than Cudi at times when he started to sing his parts. The mix of “Day and Night” was split between the slowed down album version and the sped up Crookers remix version which probably made it better he cut it off quickly.
N.A.S.A., who like Cudi performed inside The Boombox tent, started around 8:50 p.m. Saturday and featured women dancers painted silver who wore only wore bikini bottoms and pasties, dancers dressed as stuffed animals and guest artists including Fat Lip from the hip-hop group the Pharcyde.
Their set was one gigantic party with an explosive mix of up-tempo instrumentals and vocal pieces from songs like Eric B. and Rakim’s “Juice,” the Wu-Tang Clan’s “C.R.E.A.M.” and much, much more.
Reflection Eternal, Talib Kweli and DJ Hi-Tek, were also very good and were immediately after N.A.S.A. and started their set with the familiar drum kick and horn sounds of “Move Somethin’” from their first album “Train of Thought” to get the crowd worked up.
Kweli then went into “Down for the Count” and multiple women with white hair came out and went to the front stage area with disco balls to help energize the crowd. I left to report on the event when Kweli went into “I Try,” his Kanye West produced song from his solo album “The Beautiful Struggle.”