By Jabril Goodner
The Man on the Moon, The Wizard, Scott Mescudi; this man goes by many names, but most just know him as Kid Cudi. He’s been described as a singer or even a rapper, but he’s expressed that he doesn’t really obtain any fulfillment from “rapping” anymore and now enjoys singing and learning the guitar.
With two “hip-hop” albums out and a rock album with Dot Da Genius titled WZRD, he seems to have garnered some of the most loyal fans in the music community. No matter what Cudi does, no matter how strange or how abstract, his fans are willing to support him throughout it all. It seems as though Kid Cudi has personally touched youth with his music about depression, night terrors, drug problems and, most importantly, just being himself.
Ben Breedlove, a teenager who suffered from heart complications last year, died on Christmas day leaving behind two videos quietly telling how Kid Cudi gave him complete inner peace. Kid Cudi responded to the videos after the teen’s passing, saying that he “broke down” and was touched by the videos.
He truly influences and inspires fans with his music.
Kid Cudi has provided some of the most enjoyable experimental sounds I’ve heard in years. It is similar to Andre 3000 in the sense that he’ll sing his ass off in the booth, maybe even off-key, has no boundaries and just puts every piece of himself into the music. He’s one of the few artists that seems like he does his music on his own time, how he wants it. And because of that, he’s generated so many fans all over the world that will buy his music, no matter if he makes a rock album, a hip-hop album or whatever. I’ve bought his first two albums, and I’m looking forward to purchasing WZRD. The psychedelic sound is nothing to sleep on.
The first album, The Man on the Moon Part I, is more on the pop side, in my opinion. And while it has a very upbeat sound, the lyrics are dark at times and show a struggling artist just trying to make music; it’s a great album.
The second album, Part II, however, is even darker and shows the most depressing moments of being a stoner and just being alone. Cudi on the second installment allows people to hear the voice from someone who was so often used to being “alone” and being “trapped” in his own mind. I find the second album to be the far more mature installment of the series.
The most recent album is by the band he formed titled WZRD. This album may be defined as a “rock” album. But, truth be told, Cudi is so off in his own world that he’s already had this sound in his previous works before, so to me, this is just another Cudi album, which is not a bad thing. He provides amazing production, memorable melodies and a fantastic composition overall. It’s definitely something I’m adding to the CD collection.
Forget your thoughts on Cudi if all you’ve heard is “Day N Nite” and pick up WZRD; it’s just good music. If you liked Andre 3000’s “The Love Below,” or even Frank Ocean’s “Nostalgia,” you’ll love Kid Cudi and WZRD.