XXL Class of ’09 Freshmen alumni, Asher Roth and Kid Cudi, took the stage on Wednesday night (July 15) for their NYC stop on The Great Hangover Tour. About 2,000 fans gathered at the Nokia Theater for a chance to see the suburban sensation, Kanye’s latest signee and indie rapper/producer 88-Keys.

88 opened the show after a quick DJ set by Funkmaster Flex. Cipha Sounds and Peter Rosenberg of Hot 97 emceed the show and kept the crowd entertained as transitions were taking place.

Rolling onto the stage on a tricked out go-kart was Ash Roth, who started his set with the theme song to Saved by the Bell before bursting into “Lark On My Go Kart.” For his Spring Break anthem “I Love College” AR brought our Harlem’s own Jim Jones to drop a verse from the song’s remix. [Watch Below] As an encore, he lurked back into the spotlight to perform the mixtape standout “Roth Boys.”

Headlining the night was Kid Cudi who came out to what is said to be “The National Cudder Anthem.” Seems like the G.O.O.D. Music artist took some pointers from mentor, Kanye West, as he had elaborate lighting and graphics. The moons and stars were expected, yet very reminiscent of Ye’s Glow In The Dark Tour. Cudi performed a new song, “Heart Of A Lion” which will be on his Man On The Moon debut slated for release on August 25. To end the show, Cudi performed his hit, “Day and Nite” and jumped into the crowd to party with his fans.

NYC was the second tour date on The Great Hangover Tour, with the crew hitting Mariaville, NY tomorrow and fellow XXL Freshman classmate B.o.B. joining them on the following day for the remainder of the tour. –Kamaria Gboro

Photos courtesy of Brittany Somerset. Click on image to enlarge


Ash soaks up some swag juice


Cudi peeps the cheat sheet


Asher hangs with the Roth Boys backstage

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