“Every time I make a record, I’m learning something about myself.”
Kid Cudi is finally back with a tantalising new album, ‘Man On The Moon III: The Chosen’ which has already been described as a “post-discovery nirvana”.
On the other side of the hyped production, this record is really a space for Cudi to let loose and open up about the issues in his life, particularly how his father’s passing has affected his mental health.
Many Cudi fans will already know these issues are far from new and really emerged when he started out as the “lonely stoner”, which paved the way for a new generation of rappers to acknowledge their own bewildering melancholy.
Let’s not wait any longer and delve into ya gal’s top five picks from the album.
‘Tequila Shots’ picks up where Cudi took off 10 years ago. Get ready for some high voltage stand-out production which instantly grabs you with its pitched synth levitating over a pulsing bass line and memorable melodic hook. Refusing to hold back, Cudi depicts a storm brewing inside him but refuses to back down from the fight despite being inundated with swirling fears and mental health struggles.
In fact, you may not know this but ‘Tequila Shots’ was actually one of the first tracks Cudi completed on the album.
Revisiting a recurring theme of Cudi’s, ‘She Knows This’ radiates this eery futuristic vibe fused with a solid booming bass. It’s clear this song is potentially about a female fantasy of Cudi’s. More notably, is the Kanye reference made throughout the track as Cudi intentionally nods to West’s 2010 track, ‘Hell of a Life’.
If you’re in need of a perfect summer workout song, ‘Show Out’ featuring Skepta & Pop Smoke is it. This is one tune that you just know will be played on repeat on the radio thanks to the combination of drill and hip hop genres while giving space for Cudi to return to his roots. But honestly, you can just tell by seeing the names on this track that it’s going to be spicey.
So what is ‘Sept. 16’ all about you may ask? Well, the tune was actually co-written and produced by FINNEAS (ie. Billie Eilish’s bro). The inspiration was actually his girlfriend’s birthday. This is definitely not as fast-paced as some of the other tunes of the record, so get ready for a more heartfelt ballad.
The chorus of this song stood out for me with its reassurance and warmth like none other. Cudi’s lyrics are definitely something we need to hear, as he expresses how we often spend years searching for real love but reassures us it’s ok and we’ll get there one day when the time is right.
To put it simply, ‘The Pale Moonlight’ is effortlessly smooth as Cudi showcases her ability to ride the beat in such a carefree way is why this track is just sooo damn good.
Let’s be honest, it wouldn’t be summer without Kid Cudi blastin’ through your stereo, so go grab a copy of ‘Man on the Moon III: The Chosen’ HERE.