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My Top 10: KiD CuDi Songs (By: @TheKabirReport)

Scott Mescudi, also known as KiD CuDi, has been on the scene for a long time now. It’s hard to believe that his breakout hit, Day ‘n’ Nite, was released some six years ago. Although he hasn’t been able to create a hit that massive since he has maintained a decent level of relevance. It can be argued that Wiz Khalifa stole some of his Stoner shine, but that’s just the nature of the music business. One thing CuDi has done well is retain his distinct sound and interest in melody. He’s obviously not as big a star as we thought, but he still puts out good music. He still sounds drastically different from his peers, and with the release of Satellite Flight: Journey To Mother Moon, he proves he sounds just as weird as ever. I’ve been listening to CuDi for several years now and I think I compiled a solid list of my favorite songs. Here’s that list in no particular order.

KiD CuDi – Day ‘N’ Nite

Man On The Moon: The End Of Days (2009)

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A lot of rap songs sound like a particular time in Hip Hop. You can hear certain beats, references, and even flows that sound like a certain era. CuDi has been able to avoid that by sounding completely different from anything ever since he started. Day ‘n’ Nite still sounds like nothing I’ve heard before or since and despite the song blowing up like it did, it still holds up well.

KiD CuDi – Satellite Flight

Satellite Flight: The Journey To Mother Moon (2014)

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Satellite Flight is such a great audio representation of what KiD CuDi is all about. Not quite a rapper, but definitely not a singer. He creates music in the most literal sense, and what makes him so good is his selection of beats and range of melodies. I enjoyed his EP more than most, but it was hard to get though the entire thing when I had this on repeat.

KiD CuDi – CuDi Zone

Man On The Moon: The End Of Days (2009)

CuDi’s debut album, Man On The Moon: The End Of Days, wasn’t perfect, but it might still stand as his best work. Many songs from the LP could have been on this list and it was one of my favorite albums the year it was released. This song was one of its many highlights. A rare song for CuDi that was actually uplifting… as uplifting as he could get at the time.

KiD CuDi – Solo Dolo (Nightmare)

Man On The Moon: The End Of Days (2009)

This is another standout from KiD CuDi’s debut album. Solo Dolo has a relatively simple melody from Scott, but its the eerie beat that takes center stage here. By the second verse, the violin comes in and out before sweeping us away during the chorus. If you are feeling alone this song can help heighten the loneliness.

KiD CuDi – Mojo So Dope

Man On The Moon II: The Legend Of Mr. Rager (2010)

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Man On The Moon II: The Legend Of Mr. Rager was a flawed album ultimately, but there are a few gems on the project. Mojo So Dope is one of CuDi’s best songs and it’s a very easy choice. A great sample, taken from “Claustrophobia” by the Choir Of Young Believers, and great verses from Scott make this one special.

KiD CuDi – Mr. Rager

Man On The Moon II: The Legend Of Mr. Rager (2010)

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What exactly was KiD CuDi thinking when he created this song? We’ll never know. This can’t even be classified as Hip-Hop, R&B, or Pop. This is just CuDi music. He described Mr. Rager, not as a split personality, but a particular mind state he was in while recording Man On The Moon II. I don’t need any more explanation we can just leave the song on repeat.

KiD CuDi – King Wizard

Indicud (2013)

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Indicud is probably my least favorite studio album from the rapper. King Wizard is one of the few songs I truly enjoy on it, as its more of the CuDi I love. Weird, science fiction sounding, odd flowing music. Although its one of the albums singles I’ve yet to get tired of it. The video is simple but effective. The music gives me all the visuals I need.

KiD CuDi – Cleveland Is The Reason

A KiD Named CuDi (2008)

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This cut, from the mixtape A KiD Named CuDi, is easily one of his best songs ever. A beat straight off the Millennium Falcon and catchy hook make it an easy claim. Cleveland never sounded so cool.

KiD CuDi – Embrace The Martian

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Mescudi has an obvious obsession with space and aliens. The producers that work best with him are the ones that can give Scott the ship to blast off in. Embrace The Martian has a pretty fast paced flow for the rapper and the hook is as catchy as any of his other ones “Embrace the Martian. I come in peace, but I need y’all rocking with me!”

KiD CuDi – Soundtrack To My Life

Man On The Moon: The End Of Days (2009)

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I am happy, that’s just the saddest lie

This is CuDi in a nutshell. A talented artist in a perpetual state of depression. Early in his career, he tried to curb his despair with cocaine and other drugs. Now he claims sobriety and continues to deliver music just as unique and interesting. This is one of his most personal songs and ends of being one of his best.

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KiD CuDi – Dat New New

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This is one of Scott’s early cuts and he’s doing some of his better rapping here. The beat is simple, but the bass gives it that extra bump it needs to put the song over the edge. With a line like “you guys think acute, but CuDi is obtuse” you can’t go wrong.