Known for his eccentric rap persona, Kid Cudi mixes conventional hip-hop with jazz, soul and even alternative rock influences to create an especially unique sound.
Originally from Ohio, Cudi, who was born Scott Ramon Seguro Mescudi, dropped out of college and moved to Brooklyn, New York to pursue his dream of creating music.
After the debut of Cudi’s mix tape, A Kid named Cudi in 2008, his song “Day ‘N’ Nite” hit No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100, according to AceShowbiz. The release attracted fans to the point that Cudi signed with Kanye West’s label, GOOD Music, later that year.
However, Cudi left GOOD Music in 2013 to focus on his own artistic goals. “It’s not a bad thing. That don’t mean I’m not gon’ be making music without them. It just means that little baby with the dress on [the GOOD Music logo] ain’t gon’ be on the albums,” he said in an interview with MTV.
Cudi has released three solo albums, including Man on the Moon: The End of Day in 2009, Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager in 2010 and Indicud in 2013 as well as his surprise release of Satellite Flight: The Journey to Mother Moon, this year. These albums include chart-toppers including “Pursuit of Happiness”, “Just What I Am” and “Mr. Rager”.
Though Cudi has numerous hits, here are the top five greatest songs throughout his career thus far.
Warning: the following songs contain language that may be offensive to some.
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Cudi’s “Pursuit of Happiness” is from his album Man on the Moon: The End of Day. It is an thought provoking song about knowing that not everything is going to go your way but that doesn’t mean you can’t take what you have and make the best out of it.
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“Mojo So Dope” is a mash-up of lyrics that don’t quite seem to fit together like the scattered thought process of our minds. Cudi manages to create a rhythmic sound in this song to tell his fans how he really thinks and what he thinks.
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“Ghost!” is a apt name for the eerie melody of this song. Cudi’s voice is haunting as he questions how he’s become such an outcast. Not only is he lonely he is confused about who he is and who he used to be.
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The meaning of “Heart of a Lion” as the song title and a phrase means that despite each hardship Cudi encounters he always finds a way to overcome it and even become stronger. This is a empowering message to his fans not to let anything break you.
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The song that launched Kid Cudi’s career, “Day ‘N’ Nite” exudes a soulful, melancholy vibe about a loner who finds peace by himself at night. The song that caught Kanye West’s ear, this Billboard Hot 100 song is a fundamental step in Cudi’s successful road to fame.
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Featured on Man on the Moon: The End of Day, “Up Up and Away” is an upbeat song about keeping your spirits high despite what others say. A song that urges Cudi’s fans to forget about judgment and be themselves, it is an inspiring melody that’ll pick you up when feeling down.
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Dizzying repetition and a ghost-like female background voice emphasize Cudi’s thoughts about having an unconventional sound in hip-hop as well as being unique in a personal aspect. Cudi’s mellow voice and emphasis on feeling like an alien in your career and culture is an excellent representation of how many people feel in their own lives.
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In “Cudi Zone,” Cudi highlights that having a sound mind and being at peace with yourself is essential to happiness. Despite the adversities he has faced and that we all face, knowing we all have our own ability to think freely is what makes life such a gift.
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In “The Prayer” Cudi takes the instrumental melody from the song “The Funeral” by Band of Horses. A song seemingly directed to his fans and his children, Cudi raps as a comfort for those who care about him so they can hear his voice after he is gone. A somber tone, the song illustrates that Cudi accepts the literal mortality of life and eventually his career.
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“Soundtrack to my Life” represents his troubling childhood and how every decision he makes has an effect, positive or negative, on his future. He raps “I try to consider myself a sacrifice just to show the kids they ain’t the only ones up at night,” meaning he raps about his troubles and how he lives through them to inspire his young fans.