SONG OF THE WEEK #1
A Review to “Soundtrack 2 My Life” – by Kid Cudi
I’ve used the lyric video so you can actually follow the song with the words Kid Cudi has used. Please do take your time to listen and understand his message.
This song isn’t just some ordinary song. It actually is a soundtrack to the life of Scott Mescudi. He talks about his past, his present and his future. There is so much packed into this song, it’s the best way to connect to the man behind the kid.
Kid Cudi, like I previously stated, is an artist. You will not find another rapper out there like him. He is unique in what he does.
Does he care about producing mainstream music to please the masses? I don’t think he does. Because if he did, he would already be out there in our faces… but he’s not. He likes to remain in his own world and produce the music that he enjoys. It is music people like me and Loki can connect to.
Yes, we both love this guy…
It is because of people like us who connect with his music that he has amassed this cult following.
“I got 99 problems… And they’re all bitches!”
This song starts off talking about how he has many problems in his life. He says it up straight; he doesn’t try hiding it because this song actually addresses these very problems. It’s honest and honesty is the best way to connect with other people.
Normal people don’t want to know about how rich a celebrity is and how lavish his lifestyle is with the money, girls and luxuries.
Yes, you may have started at the bottom but you’re up there now… Stop rubbing it my face already; jerk.
We want to know that these celebrities are people just like us and they do have every problems in their lives, be it due to their past or their present lifestyle because let’s face it… everybody has problems. It’s a part of humanity and by sharing these problems we connect with one another. That’s what Kid Cudi is doing here.
“Wish I was jiggah man, care-free living.”
This line is also a dig at the celebrities like Jay-Z who have made it, right to the very top. He claims he wishes he was Jay-Z as his life doesn’t seem to be that bad. Obviously the “I got 99 problems…” being a quote lifted directly from Jay-Z’s song “I got 99 Problems but a bitch ain’t one.” I think that was pretty smartly done; making a statement in a creative manner.
The rest of Verse is about his past; his family and the troubles they faced.
It talks about how he moved from Cleveland to Brooklyn and that ‘living it large’ isn’t as it easy as it seems.
He mentions how difficult it was for his mother to raise him as child being a single parent.
The death of his father affected his family making one of his older brothers to become ‘hood’, meaning he flew of the rails and got involved with the wrong crowd. Luckily for him, he had an older sister than kept him straight. And despite all that was happening, they couldn’t really tell that he was sad through-out his childhood. The death of his father obviously affected him a lot.
The chorus actually makes it very clear what Cudi is doing. He has all of these issues inside him and he’s letting them out its very emotional for him but he wants to share them with us.
The second verse talks about his common day problems that we can all relate to; Paranoia, Depression and Insomnia.
It’s not easy talking about such things and not many celebrities do which is why he claims:
“I tried to think about myself as a sacrifice
Just to show the kids they ain’t the only ones who up at night”
He mentions trying to figure out what the world is about because when your life has problems, these thoughts come across your mind. He talks about trying drugs, battling his extreme depression, driving drunk and all the things that affect someone who is in need of healing.
It also talks about how he no longer cared about the things that you do care about when you are younger such as partying and sex. It shows that he went through a growing up period whilst trying to deal with his problems.
The final verse is about how he almost went completely off the rails, thinking about doing cocaine and contemplating suicide. He talks about not caring about what the media or people say about him. He isn’t affected by the haters and critics because they’d only end up making him more miserable should he actually listen to them.
He talks about his future and how he wants to settle down and actually get to live till his thirty’s and find a woman who can look after him.
He finishes off the verse with the line that claims he is still in the same boat.
So there you have it; my review on this amazing song. I hope you got to appreciate it too because its not easy revealing your life and your problems to the world but Kid Cudi has done exactly that. It was this song that made me connect to the human that is Scott Mescudi because he shared his world and his problems with me, through this song.