I’m finally getting around to listening through Kid Cudi’s new album, Satellite Flight: The Journey to Mother Moon.
Ever since the first Man on the Moon came out I’ve had this really strong connection to Cudi’s music. It’s obvious he’s a man who enjoys his substances…drugs and drinking. While I don’t do either of those I could easily see how my life could have gone there. I’m glad it hasn’t, but I totally get Cudi. I don’t think a lot of people do. His music is actually full of pain and in a really strange (and brilliant) way his lyrics get that message across. A large percentage of his music is about escaping, thus the drug use and “out of this world” sound.
When the message behind art isn’t obvious is when I love it the most. When you really have to stare at a painting to understand what it’s trying to say, when you have to read and reread a paragraph in a book to truly get it, or when you have to shut off the lights and listen to a song over and over again. THAT is art. If messages and lessons were clear and obvious it would be a text book. Art is supposed to make you think and learn something about yourself that you maybe didn’t know before it came into your life. This is what Kid Cudi does with his music. It’s the reason he’s one of my favorite artists and the reason I will listen as long as he’s putting out music.