So I recently decided to do #MusicMondays from here on out. It won't just be new music, it will be from all eras and all genres. Whatever I feel like you guys need to listen to, it will pop up here. And if you have good music for me to listen to, please comment with some suggestions!
Kid Cudi - Man on the Moon: The End of Day
Released September 15, 2009
I remember logging into a hip hop blog site that I used to go onto all the time, and seeing Kid Cudi's video for "Day 'N' Nite" and instantly becoming fully engulfed in the instrumentation of the music and how it went perfectly with the poetic flow and stylings of the young artist. I was a junior in high school, so I was in a perfect position in life at the time that allowed me to listen to Cudi's story and find a connection to me and my life. Sure I wasn't smoking any marijuana yet (which the song makes plenty of references too) but I was a young kid who was trying to figure out his true self, and Cudi helped me find that with "Day 'N' Nite"
That first single that he released drew me in, so I was eager to hear what else he had. I listened to a mixtape he released before this album called A Kid Named Cudi which only built the anticipation for the release date. When I finally got it, I never stopped listening. This album is practically the Bible that raised me and got me through a lot of adversity in my life. He tells a story about himself, and individual who was put up against the odds, and had battles within himself to get to his success. He relates to the listener, and the world by showing his true feelings, and explaining his trials and tribulations through music. This was his canvas and he was going to paint it with his soul.
The album is broken down into 5 "Acts." Similar to a play or a movie with how it has different scenes, or how a book has different chapters. Cudi was not only going to make music, he was proving that he was going to make art. In Act I: The End of Day he has a song called "Soundtrack 2 My Life" where he shares some of his life's most troubled moments when he says "I'm super paranoid, like a Sixth Sense. Since my father died, I ain't been right since." In Act II: Rise of the Night Terrors he gets even darker, digging even deeper into his soul on "Solo Dolo (Nightmare)" which sounds like the part in a scary movie where the killer is creeping up behind you. He says "Listen good, I don't need nobody. This is what you feel, all the sounds of insanity." In Act III: Taking a Trip he starts to see that these adversities he has been through are beginning to shape him into a stronger person. From the song that was originally supposed to be the theme song for the first Transformers movie with Shia Lebouf, "Sky Might Fall," he says "The sky might fall, but I'm not worried at all . . ." In Act IV: Stuck he begins to realize his purpose in life and why he was given the talent to be an artist. On the song that is good for any moment in your life "Pursuit of Happiness" he says "I'm on the Pursuit of Happiness and I know everything that shine ain't always gonna be Gold. But I'll be fine once I get it, I'll be good." He ends with Act V: A New Beginning where he learns to use marijuana as a way to help himself break free from his inner demons that have been haunting him throughout his life. The final song "Up, Up, & Away" allows the listener to end on a positive note when he states "I learn, I see the dreams are made, so I'm cooler now. I could take care of my mom and my lil niece Zuri."
This album is a message to anyone out there who thinks they are alone in this world. To anyone who wonders when bad things will ever stop happening to them. To anyone who has ever felt like the world came crashing down on their life and thought they would never make it. Kid Cudi is here to tell you that dreams do come true. If you continue to punch that glass ceiling enough times, you will eventually break it. So don't ever give up, because you never know if you were only one swing away from happiness. Keep fighting.
Here is a video of the greatest song ever made in the history of the Milky Way Galaxy. And Cudi, if you ever read this, I love you. Like seriously dude, I effin love you man. Thank you for guiding me through life through your music.
Just a man trying to make the most of his time on this planet.