Last Night: Kid Cudi & Chip Tha Ripper At Reliant Arena

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Photos by Larami Serrano
Kid Cudi, Chip Tha Ripper
Reliant Arena
July 19, 2011

6:58 p.m.: Pulling up. Holy crap. There is (what seems like) a neverending line of kids waiting to get in. Crazy. There's also a KRBE truck here. Is Kid Cudi a KRBEian now? What's happened?

7:29: Inside.

7:31: The way Reliant Park has this thing set up, there are two sections here. There is a seat section and floor section. The majority of the people are on the floor section (incidentally, that's also where a majority of the stink is). Picture the coliseum in Gladiator. That's what it looks like, but instead of Russell Crowe, there are a bunch of guys in tank tops and a bunch of girls dressed like Janelle Monae. Bring out the tigers.

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7:38: You know how they always play a bunch of music right before the show to try and get everyone amped up? Here, they've been playing stuff like William Bell's "I Forgot To Be Your Lover." That's cool, and almost certainly something Cudi requested. He's a curious guy.

7:39: And there are the first "CU-DI, CU-DI" chants. Neat. In the row behind me, there is a group of young teenage boys. They're here with one of the kids' father. He's wearing flip-flops and eating popcorn and drinking a margarita. The boys seem pretty excited about the show. Every time the crowd starts chanting, they do too, except instead of screaming "CU-DI, CU-DI" they shout "PE-NIS, PE-NIS." Love that.

7:41: Hey, look. Some tiny girl and her mother are here. And they're both dressed equally whoreish. That's cute. It's good to bond. Maybe they're trying to get their own episode of 16 and Pregnant?

7:43: The lights have gone off. The people have too.

7:45: The answer: "I'm scared of my lemonade tipping over." What is "Things You Hear At A Kid Cudi Show," Alex? [ding, ding, ding]

7:47: So here's a question: Does it mean anything if you're a rapper and the megamajority of your fan base is white? Like, 15 years ago, that might've been a thing. But is it now?

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Chip Tha Ripper
7:49: Cleveland rapper Chip Tha Ripper is out. He's the opening act, sure, but where are the opening acts for the opening act? Shouldn't there be a stream of dudes coming out, doing three or four songs that we've never heard before? Is this show seriously starting only 19 minutes after it was supposed to? WTH. Is this how they do things in Ohio? Shit, man. It might be time to make a move.

7:54: "Light One Up." In your iPod, Chip is neat. He's a countrified Ohioan, and he almost always grabs some multilayered production. In person - or, in this venue, which is basically a gigantic aluminum can - he isn't big enough to fill the space. Started strong, starting to wane.

7:55: P.S. The chorus for "Light one Up": "Light one up, pass it, and hope that bitch make it back." That's basically the same way we take care of our sons: Get them dressed, send them outside to play, hope those bitches make it back.

8:01: Talking about how Texas rappers have learned to hunt and gather in their own areas because the rest of the country has a bias against them, Chip says something like, "Texas is the only city that supports their artists like that." City, Chip?

8:17: Ack. Man, this guy talks too much. There's a break between every song where he explains something or tries the "All my [weed smokers/pretty women/etc.] make noise" thing or mentions how he's killing it or whatev. Multiple breaks aren't cool in the middle of a show. It throws the rhythm off. It's like sex. You can't keep stopping to explain what you're doing, you just do it and hope the other person (or "people," if you're awesome) like it.

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NRG Arena

8400 Kirby Drive, Houston, TX

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This is the dumbest review like ever. What are you talking about? Just say it was cool and keep moving. I was on the floor having the time of my life. (By the way there were a lot of black and hispanics there,  what was your point of saying that) This was really corny. All the viewers need to know is this concert was awesome and if you missed it that really sucks for you.

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Good Show, Accurate Review, but the real action was definitely in the pit. Most of us came there to smoke weed and get trashed. Alot of fun down there for sure. I just wished cudi still smoked, as it feels now when he's talking about it it feels less genuine... but oh well great show.


Love the Janelle Monae reference. What is up with every "hip" and "artsy" girl and their grandmother looking like her?Also, you do not want to move to Ohio, unless you like being bored and depressed all the time. Their weed sucks, too.


I think he was just pointing out how hipster Cudi is and how that is reflected in his fan base. Take it how you want it, but it's nothing more than an observation. I going to assume the crowd there was different than say at a Trae or Big KRIT show.

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