A lot of fuss has been made (by me) over Kid Cudi‘s new album Indicud. Recently, I reviewed Cudi’s trippy new album and quickly found myself going through his discography. It’s been a few years since he burst onto the scene with a few tracks that really got my attention. For this week’s triple serving of whatever theme the writer came up with I’ll be sharing with you the songs that got my listening to Kid Cudi.
1. “I Poke Her Face” from Dat Kid From Cleveland
About 4 years ago, just as Lady Gaga was beginning to take the world by storm, this song was made playing with the sample of Gaga’s “Poker Face” to great effect. This is not just your average mix-tape track, it features a few lines from Kanye West as well as a few fine words from Common while brilliantly using samples of Gaga to the beat. This is the song that first got me listening to Cudi and to see him and Lady Gaga perform it live together in Philadelphia made for one of the best hip-hop performances I’ve ever seen.
2. “The Prayer” from A Kid Named Cudi
Once again a song powered by another brilliant use of samples. The beat to this one features “Funeral” by Band Of Horses. This song reflects a side of the artists that is not seen anywhere else. The somber tone to it is soothing while thought-provoking at the same time. This track set him apart in my mind as someone who will bring something to the genre that has never been seen before. If you’ve heard Man On the Moon II: The Legend Of Mr. Rager you already know this is true.
3. “Mr. Rager” from Man On The Moon II: The Legend Of Mr. Rager
While the first two songs got me into Kid Cudi in the first place, this is the song that got me back into him. There was a good period of time where I actually stopped listening to him largely because I was disappointed with Man On The Moon: The End Of Day. While there were individual tracks I enjoyed very much, something about the tone of the album just didn’t appeal to me. Then I heard “Mr. Rager” and proceeded to play Man On The Moon II a hundred times. This song sums up the album perfectly and shows off Cudi’s variety of musical talents.