Monday, September 14th, 2009 at 3:24 pm
With only a handful of MC’s from the golden ages of 90’s Hip-Hop still relevant today and making quality music, it’s imperative that the next wave of hopefuls make an immediate splash to keep the culture alive and thriving.
Enter: Scott Ramon Seguro Mescudi, better known to the world as Kid Cudi.
His A Kid Named Cudi mixtape caught the ear of Kanye West, and as the old saying goes; “The rest is history.”
Right now, the newcomer plans on making more history with the release of his first official studio album, Man On The Moon: The End Of Day.
The album is broken down into separate acts, like a Broadway play, with G.O.O.D. Music label mate, Common taking care of the narration.
His boss, (Kanye West), only produces two songs on the album with one of them being ‘Sky Might Fall,’ and the other being the more popular ‘Make Her Say’ (feat. Kanye West and Common).
With that said, the Cleveland native famous for his eclectic musical style and wearer of ULTRA-tight skinny jeans begins his story Act 1: The End Of Day.
Singing on ‘In My Dreams,’ Kid Cudi touches on his childhood, which leads into ‘Soundtrack 2 My Life,’ where he discusses how his father’s death stills affects him to this day. After wearing his emotions on his sleeve, his finishes the first leg of his saga with catchy sounds of ‘Simple As…’
Act 2: Rise Of The Night Terrors includes ‘Solo Dolo (Nightmare),’ where Cudi abandons the rap format, and opts to utilize his raspy-esque voice, and sings through the string-oriented production.
He then follows suit on the epic sounds of ‘Heart Of A Lion (Kid Cudi Theme Music).’ The 25-year-old MC then uses ‘My World’ sort of as an “I told you so” track, as it seems to be geared towards those who never had faith in him to begin with.
Kid Cudi’s tale goes all the way up to five acts, with contributions like the up-tempo ‘Enter Galactic (Love Connection pt. 1),’ the stadium feel of ‘Cudi Zone’ (which can arguably be the best song on the record), the piano-driven and melodic ‘Pursuit Of Happiness’ and the soulful ‘Hyyer’ (feat. Chip Tha Ripper) all doing a solid job in bringing Kid Cudi’s story to life.
Man On The Moon: The End Of Day may not be viewed as your typical Hip-Hop album, because it’s not. Kid Cudi incorporates elements that might not have worked by those who came before the youngster, but that’s just a testament to how the genre is capable of artistic expansion.
With an equal balance expression, melodies, and uniqueness, hopefully this project won’t mark the end of this MC’s days, and that he’ll have plenty more travels to talk about in the near future…