Written by Dominic Wright, December 27, 2016, at 9:12 p.m. Tweet to: @Groovycap
Music is a platform where artists use their voice in order to spread a message. As listeners, we tend to dance and sing along to the lyrics. Some artists reach out to us on an emotional level where we have to sit down and actually analyze the lyrics. Artists such as J Cole and Kendrick Lamar are usually the main ones. As a society, we tend to forget about Kid Cudi.
Some may know him as Kid Cudi, Scott Mescudi, as well as the Man on the Moon. No matter what you call him just remember that he is human. Similar to you and I. Only difference is that he has a platform that he could speak on that will impact many.
As a listener of Kid Cudi’s music, you could hear that he wasn’t always in a happy place. Songs such as Trapped In My Mind, Day N Night, Pursuit Of Happiness, etc. Are pure examples of that.
In early October, Cudi released an open letter on Facebook explaining his mental health. Throughout the letter Cudi said
“Yesterday I checked myself into rehab for depression and suicidal urges. I am not at peace. I haven’t been since you’ve known me. If I didn’t come here, I would’ve done something to myself. I simply am a damaged human swimming in a pool of emotions every day of my life.”
It is not easy for a person to open up about their mental health, especially for celebrities. Not only was this brave but it was equally important as well. Once people read this open letter to his fans, people began to address their gratitude for his music. Saturday Night Live cast member, Pete Davidson, talked about Kid Cudi’s impact on people when he was interviewed by the Breakfast Club. He said
“If you’re 25 and under, I truly believe that Kid Cudi saved your life.”
Along with Pete Davidson, I believe this 100%. Cudi made music that helped an abundance of us through tough times. Through all of the years in high school where we felt there was nobody there understanding who we were or what we were going through, Cudi was there. The passion within his music together with the emotions he spilled out through the headphones of teenagers along with early adults helped us all cope with our inner demons. It was a breath of fresh air to know that what we were going through was a battle that we were not facing alone. Kid Cudi made sure of that.