Full suits are a little stuffy for summer weather performances, so last night in Brooklyn, Kanye West and his G.O.O.D. Music crew went with an all-black-denim look instead. That’s except for rapper-turned-rocker Kid Cudi, who ran through Man On The Moon (I and II) hits in ripped blue jeans and a Pink Floyd tee. Pusha T, Big Sean, Cyhi, and Mr. Hudson each performed individual songs and shared stage time with Ye at the breathtaking Skylight One Hanson venue for the Heineken Red Star Access event.
Heineken took up two floors of the downtown Brooklyn space—a vaulted, art deco landmark with 63-ft ceilings. A street-level stage setup plus basement level lounge with more beer, couches, and flat screens all tuned into the Heat vs. Mavs game.
It’s not a stretch to say that the game might’ve attributed to the delayed performance, but either way, the concert kicked off around 12am with a few opening words from Aziz Ansari. Then Kanye — donning a few Jesus pieces — led in with “Dark Fantasy,” “Hell of a Life,” and “Power.”
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Pusha T jumped in with “My God,” followed by Cyhi, Mr. Hudson and then Big Sean, who secured a decent amount of stage time to perform some new songs (“My Last Joint,” “Marvin and Chardonnay”) from his upcoming debut, Finally Famous. Cudi, rocking no Jesus pieces or black denim, brought an unexpected amount of energy with “Mojo So Dope,” “Pursuit of Happiness,” and even “Make Her Say,” but most notably “Gorgeous,” along with Ye.
The energy tilt was a great lead into My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’s “All of the Lights” where everyone (but Pusha) returned to the stage, and it actually sort of felt like watching one big happy family. “Through The Wire” happened during closing minutes, due to crowd requests, as did “All Falls Down.” There was a bit of theatrics—an elevating stage platform and fog machines—for “Flashing Lights” but, the closing number was “Runaway.” And the red leather jacket came out for that one.
The venue, an unexpected pick, was a fitting backdrop for Kanye and all his glory, although the sound/acoustics were a bit questionable at times. And where was Jay-Z? We heard he was in the building.