My Favorite Rap Artists, Vol. 6 | Kid Cudi


'No guts, no glory' I always say
So until I reach what I came here to find
Along with inner peace, life will always be a grind
- Down & Out, 2008

Something is to be said about the man who can go all out with his emotions and do it in an artful manner. There aren't many artists that actually stay true to themselves and stick with the music THEY feel and that THEY want to put out, Kid Cudi is one of those artists. I've seen dozens of interviews where Kid Cudi emphasized how the music making process was important to him and how he wanted to portray his life and struggles. Out of the recent artists I think him and a few others actually touch on the topics of depression, drug use, broken homes, heartbreak and triumph. His hit song Day n' Night was played soooo many times on the radio and the television that I actually ignored him for awhile. but when A Kid Named Cudi dropped, I was bumping it religiously. Still, to this very day, Man On The Moon [The Anthem] is one of my favorite songs of all time. He's also one of the very few artist that can blend harmonizing, some singing and rapping together perfectly. There are so many reasons as to why I rock with Kid Cudi and the music that he makes, the main reason is that he's consistent with who he is, and he's consistently giving his best foot forward for his fans.

Now me personally I loved all of his albums except Satellite and that's only because I haven't really gotten a chance to listen to it. His sound is his and also influences a lot of other artists in what they do, if you listen close, you can definitely hear him in their production and lyrics. Now I am excited that Man On The Moon III will feature all of the produces from the first two albums, which made the sound unique and different. I'm not going to lie, that's the album that I'm going to be looking for when he finally drops the release date on it. I'm glad that he also had the balls to leave G.O.O.D. Music to do his own thing and have the respect from all of his label mates and the support as well. That goes a long way too, because everyone knows what could happen when you decide to leave a label on your own terms, but I like to look at G.O.O.D. Music more so as a family and that they go a long way, so I knew there wasn't going to be much to his departure.

At the end of the day Kid Cudi works for me because his content is relatable, he has his own style, his own way of doing things, and the sound to back it up. He's one of those artist if I had to choose just a handful to listen to for the rest of my life, he'd definitely be one of them. If you've never heard him really before, check out his discography from order of release and just listen to his sound and how it grows. I can promise you that you won't be disappointed with what you hear, as long as you have an open mind and your taste in music isn't restricted to just one genre. I have to say the best memory that I have of him is when I was watching Project X in the movie theaters and then I heard the Pursuit of Happiness (Steve Aoki Remix) and it was just hitting in the movie theater system and everyone in the movie theater started feeling the song and singing to it. That's an awesome artist when you can make people sing along to a song on a movie, in the actual theater. So if you don't do anything else, I suggest you look at that clip and you'll understand the power he has as an artist to connect to his fan base. That's the Cudder, that's Scott, the artist that keeps on putting out great music.

Discography
2012: WZRD
2013: Indicud

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