Kid Cudi Is The Millennial Renaissance Man
In comparison to the rest of today’s entertainment industry, Kid Cudi is an enigma.
From his unprecedented talent to his down-to-earth charisma, it’s difficult not to adore his artistic personality. In his new album, the Cleveland artist revisits his original roots – showing the same quintessential style that he used in Man On The Moon to take the hip-hop game by storm back in September of 2009.
Growing up in Shaker Heights, a suburb of Cleveland, Kid Cudi was raised a Midwestern kid with a love for hip-hop music. And more importantly, hip-hop’s roots.
After catching the attention of Kanye West with the drop of his first mixtape (a KiD named CuDi), the Ohio product was eventually signed to West’s music label near the end of 2008.
As time wore on, he became one of the biggest names in the music industry.
Cudi had it all.
He had accomplished his dreams and put out an absolute classic hip-hop album that bent the barriers of popular rap music while gaining a major fanbase along the way.
After taking over the scene with songs like “Pursuit of Happiness”, “Day and Night” and “Man on the Moon”, the price of fame began to take its toll. In an interview with Headkrack’s Hip Hop Spot, Cudi talked about creating his music to help people get through their day-to-day and find answers when they need them the most.
He battled with cocaine and had some deep struggles emotionally while climbing the ladder to fame and fortune. In that same interview, Cudi also touched on his battle with alcohol and his decision to give it up cold turkey.
Cause I stopped everything cold turkey, when I had my cocaine problem I stopped cold turkey. I didn’t do rehab. I don’t believe in these things. Some people need the extra help, not me. I wasn’t a drug addict before this crap. I wasn’t doing cocaine. I wasn’t getting wasted every night because I didn’t want to be alone. I wasn’t this dark person before the madness.
After living a normal life for over twenty years, fame was very difficult for him to handle.
Fame changed him as a person. But as you know, Kid Cudi is not the first person to struggle with American fame, and he certainly won’t be the last.
After all, when you affect the lives of millions through your music, the pressure to perform doesn’t get any thinner.
With Kid Cudi, taking the sober route helped him become more successful, and he soon realized that success is only defined by one person, and one person only.
During my high-school years, music was my drug. In fact, I even wrote my college admissions essay about the positive effects that music had on my life. It spoke in ways that no one else could, and it was my complete escape from the world around me.
Once Man on the Moon dropped, I knew I was in for something special as a music fan, and the feeling was completely exhilarating.
I’ll never forget the first time I heard Kid Cudi back in college, and how my buddy claimed he would blow up across the industry in no time. The sound was intoxicating.
Perhaps it was because Cudi described himself in his music. He visualized his attitudes towards life through each song. And more specifically, he captured what it’s like to be a kid growing up in this big and evil world.
Cudi has been all over the map for the past decade. This summer, he will appear in the upcoming Entourage movie and seems to be well on his way to re-discovering the beauties of life.
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