When Kid Cudi first popped onto the rap scene in 2008, I was instantly drawn to his hard-hitting psychedelic inspired instrumentation and his brutally honest rap lyrics. After releasing two solid, thought-provoking solo rap albums (Man on the Moon: The End of Day (2009) and Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager (2010)), Cudi then released the joint rock album, WZRD (2012), with long time collaborator Dot Da Genius; Indicud (2013); Satellite Flight (2014); and Speedin’ Bullet To Heaven (2015); which have all been unfortunately lacklustre. His loyal fans (myself included) can’t wrap their heads around the experimentation and long for the Kid Cudi of the past – the one who released the still awesome and relevant Man On The Moon series.
Sadly, we will never get to see the full potential of Kid Cudi – we will never know if those first two albums were a fluke because that Kid Cudi no longer exists. Cudi will go down in history as an artist who was at the cusp of being legendary. He has gained a massive loyal following, puts on amazing live shows, is a solid actor, had the backing of Kanye West and G.O.O.D Music, but somehow gave it up in an attempt to be different.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for artistic exploration and I actually support Kid Cudi exploring new realms of music; but when does enough become enough? I understand that you like the music you’re making, and I’m sure it comes from an honest place; but sadly as one of your biggest fans and supporter’s it sucks to see someone you have looked up to and continue to destroy his legacy with subpar albums.
When I criticize Cudi’s new music – I do not want or expect him to create the exact same music as he did in 2009 – I just think he needs to go back to the drawing board and figure out what worked and what didn’t work. Album sales don’t lie. Speedin’ Bullet To Heaven sold 19,365 copies in its first week. An alternative/punk Cudi is not what the people want. I highly doubt we will ever see the Kid Cudi we fell in love with unless he feels the need to prove that he has always had it.
Below is a list of our favourite Kid Cudi songs taken from albums that came out after the Man on the Moon series. Out of 66 songs released over the course of 4 years, there have only been 15 songs that stood out to me and are worthy of being mentioned.
Editors note: I have listened to all of Kid Cudi’s later albums multiple times throughout the course of their release and again for this post hoping that something would finally click. Sadly that was not the case.
15. Speedin’ Bullet 2 Heaven (Speedin’ Bullet 2 Heaven 2015)
14. CONFUSED! (Speedin’ Bullet 2 Heaven 2015)
13. Young Lady (feat Father John Misty) (Indicud 2013)
12. Immortal (Indicud 2013)
11. Brothers (feat. King Chip & A$AP Rocky) (Indicud 2013)
10. Girls (feat. Too Short) (Indicud 2013)
9. Satellite Flight (Satellite Flight 2014)
8. Teleport 2 Me, Jamie (WZRD 2012)
7. Love (loose single via soundcloud 2015)
6. Balmain Jean (Satellite Flight 2014)
5. Unfuckwittable (Indicud 2013)
4. Creepers (Cruel Summer 2012)
3. To Bad I Have To Destroy You Now (Satellite Flight 2014)
2. King Wizard (Indicud 2013)
1. Just What I Am (feat. King Chip) (Indicud 2013)
Remember when Kid Cudi could spit his ass off?