I saw this quote one time that said "The people who barely know you want you to succeed, while those closest to you hope you fail." It's not true about all the people close to you, but it is true for some. Everyone has their own agendas and sometimes you may fit into theirs in a certain way. If you succeed too much or change as a person, you may drift away from the way they want you to fit into their life. Meanwhile, some random person who follows you on social media is constantly supporting you and rooting for you to reach every goal you set for yourself. Watch the fakes, let them hate...
Kids See Ghosts
As performed by Kid Cudi and Kanye West
Produced by E*Vax, Boogz, Andre 3000, Kid Cudi, and Kanye West
This next track "Fire" off of Kids See Ghosts is a throwback to the sounds of the Indicud album from Kid Cudi. The use of more features than ever before, Cudi let his true hip-hop sound be heard. As you listen to this song, you can relate it to "Beez" featuring RZA from the Wu-Tang Clan. As we dig deeper, we can feel the true hip-hop vibe.
The song opens up with Kanye addressing the people who choose to continue to talk about him, "I love all your shit talkin' You want got nothing better to do with yourself." The hate has continued to fuel the art that these artists create. They have both received criticism over the years about their personality traits as well as the stylings of their music. As the others choose to talk, the kids continue to work.
Andre 3000 is one of the most influential hip-hop artists of the past 20 years, and his sound can be felt on the production. The beat uses a heavy amount of drums, similar to those heard in a marching band. Cudi blesses the beat with his humming that is an instrument in and of itself.
The addition of ghost-like screeching and crows chirping makes you feel like you are in the middle of the climax of a horror film. But don't be scared, the world you are in is a safe space for creators. Those who have been doubted before and have the scars to remind them where they came from.
On this road I find
The scars I left behind
Heaven life me up
Heaven lift me up
This road that is taken is not the one less traveled, we all go through ups and downs. The difference they want us to see is how we use the downs to fuel the ups. The heavy use of church themes allows the listener to have faith in the future.
The sounds recorded here could not be duplicated by any other artist. The feeling the art gives you is one of revenge and success. To live in this moment forever would only help those going through the downs to find positivity in the hate.
It's so many days I prayed to God
All this pain, I couldn't seem to find a way
On a mission livin', carry on
Got my family, I'm seein' through by the days
Never late, pull up a seat and come grab a plate
Check the date, let 'em hate
This the type shit that they couldn’t make, watch the fakes
Leave ’em buzzin', thought they wasn’t, huh?
Tell all your kinfolk and cousins, huh?
This is the package you ordered, huh?
We're all here trying to move forward in life, but we have those around us who challenge our way of thinking or even think that what we're choosing to do for ourselves is never going to work. We have to continue to let them hate and remember that we will find our reasoning for our choices. Whether its your family, your mission, or your passion that keeps you going, don't stop.
Your journey will be Beautiful Madness.
Just a man trying to make the most of his time on this planet.