The Man On the Moon Comes down to Earth

In 2009, Cleveland rapper Scott Mescudi, better known as “Kid Cudi”, wowed listeners with his album “Man On The Moon: The End of Day”.  With various producers and featured artists, such as Kanye West, Common, Ratatat and MGMT, Cudi created an album that bent the traditional rules of mainstream hip-hop with songs that sounded, sometimes, more like alternative and electropop.  But deeper into his music, Cudi found ways to discuss his issues with loss, his internal struggles, and glorify his use of marijuana and other drugs.

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Kid Cudi performing

After a few bad turns in his life, Cudi is drug free, and while he wasn’t producing hip-hop and alternative albums, he stretched his talents to the small screen in HBO’s original series “How to Make it in America” playing trouble maker, Domingo Brown.

Where it went wrong

In his first two albums, Cudi, or “the Lonely Stoner” as he’s come to call himself, talked about many issues in his life:  the loss of his father at a young age, the feeling of loneliness, the rock star life and the pitfalls that come with it.  The crazy life style and demand for the Lonely Stoner hit Kid Cudi hard, and his response was only harmful to himself.

“I started doing cocaine to get through interviews, ’cause people wanted to know a lot about my personal life and I wasn’t prepared for a 60 Minutes interview every time,” Cudi explained in a 2010 interview with Complex Magazine.  “Doing bumps I was able to get through the day, but then I would smoke weed to calm me down—it was the only way I could get through the day without people noticing I was doing it.”

It took an arrest for criminal mischief and possession of a controlled substance to wake Cudi up in 2010.  Cudi was found with cocaine.

“Everywhere I go, people be looking at me like I’m some type of crackhead now. Nobody wants to have their name attached to a maniac…” Cudi went onto say.  “People do drugs to camouflage emotions and run away from their problems. Now I’m going to deal with certain things as they come, prioritize…—man up, so to speak.”

Finally clean

Cudi became clean from cocaine and, in 2011, announced via Tumblr that he was dropping his famed use of marijuana.

“Learn from this, there’s always light at the end of the tunnel,” he said.  “Hell does have an exit, and I found it. For those who are looking for a way out, I left the door open, and I’ll be waiting for whoever wants to grow with me. Peace and Love, Cudi.” (Source)

This past February, Cudi released his alternative rock project, “WZRD”, and will be releasing “Man On The Moon 3” later this year.

There are lessons to learn from Kid Cudi.  Though he used drugs as a means for coping, his passion is music.  Perhaps focusing on music would have been a better, and less illegal way to cope with issues.  Also, Cudi is an example of growing up, which isn’t optional.  In between fame and the drug mess, Cudi had a daughter.  He realized that being able to provide for her meant coming clean, and I think that is fairly admirable.

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