KiD CuDi’s “Speedin’ Bullet To Heaven” and What It Says About The Music Industry


KiD CuDi’s “Speedin’ Bullet To Heaven” and What It Says About The Music Industry

KiD CuDi is one of the most influential rappers in the music industry (for better or worse depends on who you ask) and his new album Speedin’ Bullet To Heaven is a reminder of why he has been so important to so many people.

KiD CuDi’s debut album Man On The Moon was an instant classic that changed the course of hip-hop forever. However, the impact that he had on the industry was not just by creating an amazing body of work; it was also how he released it. With Man On The Moon, KiD CuDi was one of the first rappers to release a project with a consistent theme and concept throughout each song. This helped to propel him into superstardom as he became a household name almost overnight.

For those who are unaware, Kid Cudi is also a producer who usually produces much of his own music, but on this record he worked closely with other producers like Mike Dean and Plain Pat to create a cohesive sound for his vision. This was evident from track one when you hear “The Frequency” which starts off with some eerie

KiD CuDi’s “Speedin’ Bullet To Heaven” and What It Says About The Music Industry

In the past few years, hip-hop has seen a shift from the vulgarity in lyrics to the more emotional and personal. Artists like Kanye West have received backlash for their “sappy” albums like 808s & Heartbreak and My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Yet, these same albums have been praised and deemed classics in the genre.

It’s interesting that this trend has been able to take place in an industry where artists are constantly pressured by labels to create music that is more commercially viable and accessible. This leads me to wonder if there is a correlation between KiD CuDi’s latest album Speedin’ Bullet 2 Heaven and his very public split from his label Universal Republic Records.

CuDi announced back in mid-November that he would be releasing his new album on December 4th, and that it would be completely free of guest features. The next day, he announced that he had parted ways with Universal Republic Records via Twitter:

@KidCudi: “My final album on Universal will be entitled ‘Speedin’ Bullet 2 Heaven.’ Sorry guys, no label support on this one

The history of the music industry is quite interesting, yet it’s not without its changes. The Internet has reshaped how people consume music, and Spotify and Apple Music have changed the way people listen to music. I’m not the first person to suggest this, but it seems that artists are becoming more and more comfortable being independent.

KiD CuDi’s newest album, Speedin’ Bullet To Heaven, is a good example of this. The album is not as strong as his previous work but that doesn’t matter as much these days. I don’t think there is any way in which we could call this album revolutionary; it may be even too honest for its own good in some ways. But one thing I felt throughout listening to this album is that KiD CuDi was completely free in making his art. That freedom results in a rewarding experience for the listener if you can get past some of the album’s production choices.

As I mentioned above, I don’t think Speedin’ Bullet To Heaven belongs on any top 10 list. Yet at the same time, I also find myself enjoying it quite a bit because of what it represents: an artist being able to express himself without

This past Friday, KiD CuDi released his fourth studio album, “Speedin’ Bullet To Heaven,” and for the most part it was ignored by the media. Some of this is just because he isn’t a very popular artist any more, but some of it is because of how anti-industry his new album is. His last album, 2013’s “Indicud,” was a commercial flop and a critical failure, so he has responded to this by releasing an album that is the polar opposite of “Indicud.”

“Indicud” was an example of how you make a record in today’s music industry: write ten songs with pop hooks, hire a bunch of guest stars to sing on them, and then have major producers like Diplo and Just Blaze make them sound as big as possible. But now he has responded by making an album that sounds like it was recorded in someone’s basement, using no guest stars and only producers who are nobodies. It sounds like the kind of thing an indie band would release on Bandcamp.

This is not just a reaction to the failure of “Indicud.” It’s also a reaction to what happened with his old band WZRD. Their eponymous debut

December 4th, 2015 – The music industry is a fickle beast. While it used to be a much more transparent way to make money, it’s now very difficult for independent artists to make any kind of profit. The music business is dominated by large companies who have the power and capital to promote their artists and get them onto radio stations.

So once in awhile an artist comes along who can break through all the noise and make it on their own.

KiD CuDi is one of those artists. He’s always been an underdog in the rap game, breaking onto the scene with his mixtape A Kid Named Cudi in 2008 (before Drake was Drake). But he made it big with his first album Man On The Moon: The End Of Day, released in 2009 (the same year as Drake’s So Far Gone) that peaked at number four on Billboard Hot 100.

His sound has since evolved as he explores different genres like rock and electronic music. He recently released his fourth studio album Speedin’ Bullet To Heaven, which is reminiscent of early Pink Floyd albums or Radiohead’s OK Computer in terms of its experimental nature and unapologetic attitude towards being different from what’s expected from him commercially

Kid Cudi’s fifth studio album Speedin’ Bullet 2 Heaven was released in December of 2015. I have listened to it a few times and it is not for me. This is not a negative review or an attempt to discredit Cudi’s work, but rather an analysis of the project and some things that we can learn from it.

Four years ago when I wrote about Kid Cudi for the first time, I was struck by how much he was able to impact my life with his music. That year, he released Man On The Moon II: The Legend Of Mr. Rager and at that time I was struggling with depression. That album spoke to me in a way that no other artist ever had before and because of this, I decided to write about his music through the lens of depression and mental health. This was one of the first articles I ever published on this blog and it has since become one of my most read articles ever. Cudi became my favorite rapper as he continued to release more music over the years and soon after, I began to discover that many others shared similar feelings towards him as well.

Since then there have been numerous articles talking about the artist formerly known as Scott Mescudi, discussing everything from his impact

KiD CuDi has been a major influence in the hip-hop and rock music industry. He has collaborated with many famous artists, both in the studio and on tour. He is also the owner of his own record label, “Wicked Awesome Records”.

In an interview with Radio.com, Cudi told reporters: “I have a very specific taste in music that’s very nerdy. I like to listen to indie electronic music.”

He later added: “I’m not trying to make money off my music or anything like that. It’s just something that I enjoy doing.”

It seems like Cudi’s success is only growing with time and he has no plans to stop anytime soon!


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