Offering free brew, soft pretzels and hot dogs to a mix of media and contest winners, the show featured Pusha T, CyHi Da Prynce, Mr. Hudson, Big Sean, Kid CuDi and Q-Tip, who warmed up the crowd with a DJ set before the crew took the stage.
‘Ye served as master of ceremonies, weaving in and out of his roster’s sets by performing their respective collaborations. Opening the show with “Dark Fantasy,” the Chicago, Illinois native, stunting with five gold Jesus pieces draped around his neck, ripped into “POWER” set against two keyboardists and a turntablist, segueing into Pusha T’s brief performance that featured “My God” and a verse from Clipse’s “Grindin.”
CyHi Da Prynce and Mr. Hudson gave pint-sized sets, with the latter performing his singles “Supernova” and “Forever Young,” sans Jay-Z. Big Sean appeared next, bringing powerful energy to cuts like “My Last” and “Marvin Gaye & Chardonnay,” which he and Kanye played for the first time.
Dressed in ripped up jeans and a Pink Floyd t-shirt, Kid CuDi fired up the audience with tracks like “Mojo So Dope” and “Pursuit of Happiness,” joining ‘Ye for “Gorgeous.” Kanye manned the stage for “Flashing Lights,” where he elevated on a platform and soared above tomes of smoke, and took it back to the beginning with renditions of “All Falls Down” and “Through the Wire.”
He brought out the entire G.O.O.D. Music family for “All of the Lights,” taking a brief cessation to throw on a red jacket before returning to coddle the MPC during an encore of “Runaway.” The show ended abruptly, but G.O.O.D. Music was definitely in the building.