“Soundtrack 2 My Life – Kid Cudi
Scott Ramon Seguro Mescudi was born January 30, 1984 in Cleveland Ohio. He is better known by his stage name Kid Cudi, and is an American alternative hip hop recording artist, singer-songwriter, guitarist, record producer and actor. He first gained major attention after the release of his debut mixtape A Kid Named Cudi (2008).
He is the youngest of four children, with two brothers, Domingo and Dean, and a sister, Maisha. His father, a house painter, substitute teacher and World War II Air Force veteran was Mexican-Native American, while his mother, a middle-school choir teacher at Roxboro Middle School, in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, is African-American.
When he was eleven years old, Mescudi’s father died of cancer; his passing would have a significant effect on Mescudi’s personality and subsequently his music. After earning his GED, He studied film at the University of Toledo then dropped out after a year.
Kid Cudi’s music is very emotional and decriptive, and his depictions of his depressions are incredible. The first verse of “Soundtrack 2 My Mind,” (Man on the Moon: End of Day, 2009) conjures visions of a young Scott Mescudi trying to cope with his fathers death, playing in his room alone. The second verse shows Cudi’s turn to drugs for answers and his journeys through the universe tripping on shrooms, then “The moon will illuminate my room and soon I’m consumed by my doom,”. He has never hid his struggle with night terrors.
Cudi sees himself as a sacrifice, an artist who is doomed to experience the horrors of depression and show kids that they aren’t the only ones suffering, and that emotions can be conquered and used for success. However he always comes back to the fact that even the success hasn’t made him
happy, as he says quite bluntly in the last three lines of the song:
Only things that calm me down, pussy and some Cali trees
And I get both, never truly satisfied
I am happy, that’s just the saddest lie
I love Kid Cudi’s music, and in recent years his music has taken a slightly happier tone. Hopefully the trend continues, but his depressions legacy is left for us in these descriptive lines of verse.