“All I wanted to do was help kids not feel alone, and stop kids from committing suicide” - The voice of the youth, Kid Cudi vitalized the importance of shedding a light to the overlooked in hip-hop. Beyond the braggadocio lifestyle of hip-hop, Cudi’s breakthrough changed the game forever. Within hip-hop, and the glitz and glamour of the rich and famous that most rappers prioritized, Cudi developed his presence as a cult like leader to the next generation because he spoke directly to us. Acknowledging mental health when most rappers were afraid to so, Cudi became so influential due to allowing the artists that followed right after him, to shift the topic onto depression and loneliness without the scrutiny of the pressure of fearing on being accepted or not. For so long, the hip/hop audience has built a persona that avoided acknowledged their inner demons because it made them seem weak, but nowadays, our oddities have become the norm, and that’s thanks to Cudi. Implementing the blueprint, since ‘Day n’ Nite’ Cudi prioritized the youth, and becoming the voice of a generation of lost hope, he has established himself beyond the hits, which was rewarded with becoming the face of the shift in hip-hop. Cudi provided a sense of relief to not only the fans, but all of our favorite new school rappers, because it finally seemed there was someone we could actually relate to. Our nightmares became reality, and Kids See Ghosts, but Kid Cudi taught us to not let what haunts us to defeat us.
Two weeks until ‘Kids See Ghosts’, so we discussing Cudi’s importance to how it shaped this upcoming, game-changing album.