The Return of Kid Cudi: Man on the Moon III

Kid Cudi makes an epic return with his brand new album, Man on the Moon III: The Chosen

Madison White

Scott Mescudi (aka) KidCudi, is, in my eyes, one of the most influential rappers of the last decade. And also happens to be one of my favorite artists, so the rest of this article may be a little biased. Cudi has just dropped his first solo album since 2016, and today I am going to be talking about just why he is so influential, as well as why his return is the perfect full circle moment for long time fans. Cudi broke out on the music scene in 2009 with his first album Man on the Moon: The End of the Day. This album defined Cudi’s sound from day one, while completely separating him from a lot of the rappers on the scene at the time. This is because Kid Cudi heavily used and continues to use his own pain and trauma from his own life in his music. The listening experience becomes a therapy session for both the listener and the artist. The types of things he discusses in his music, things like depression, and struggles with addiction, are things that at the time were not being talked about very often in the rap industry. Kid Cudi found a way to be vulnerable in front of his fans, while having a unique sound. Because of this, he has ultimately been carrying the alternative rap game on his back for years. And is the artist that introduced this kind of sound to me. He has influenced major rappers, specifically Travis Scott, who has been open about Kid Cudi’s influence on his music for years. He has many fans within the rap industry. I have even seen many say certain tracks on the new album sound “too similar to Travis.” But in actuality, those people just aren’t aware that Kid Cudi is the one who has inspired a lot of aspects in Travis’s sound. For longtime fans of Cudi, this album almost feels like watching someone you love finally making this huge accomplishment you have been waiting for. Each of his albums tell a story, and Man on the Moon III: The Chosen, feels like the perfect closure fans have been waiting for (not that this is his last piece of work or anything.) It’s just a very satisfying album, listening to it feels like an experience. Each song feels connected to past albums and different eras. You can tell he treats each of his albums as works of art, not to mention the insane cover art.I truly feel this album is a love letter to his first album and how far he has come. It was worth the wait, and yet not even near the end of what he has in store. If you haven’t yet, make sure to give his album a listen. Because even with everything I have mentioned, part of me still feels like Kid Cudi is underrated. So go ahead, you will not regret it.