is back, but to be fair he never really goes away. The prolific artist is constantly at work, but not always in the way his fans want. After initially flexing his acting chops in the great, but ultimately canceled HBO show How to Make It in America
as well as the terrible Need for Speed
, he has recently landed a gig as the musical host for Comedy Bang! Bang!
Besides being a mediocre actor, Cudi has released 5 albums since 2009, only three were truly hip-hop records at the core. 2012's WZRD
was an experiment in rock and 2014's Satellite Flight: The Journey to Mother Moon
featured more singing and instrumentals than raps. Cudder, who specializes in sad raps and hopeful melodies, has cultivated a dedicated fan base, willing to praise any and everything he does because of how deep and relatable he is, but objectively the dude has far more subpar records than groundbreaking material lately.
Fortunately there is some semblance of hope. Today Cudder released the ode to happiness "love." A supposed leftover track from his last album, it follows his familiar synth lean, psychedelic induced guitar work aesthetic he loves so much. Sampling "Sunblocks" by Ratatat
, the always considerate Cudder pleads, "Don't be so down, come on young homie/You'll be okay, you'll find real love/All of the stories the hero gets lonely/Now is the time to show what you're made of." Honestly, this song is probably better than everything on Satellite Flight
, but don't tell him that. Dude is definitely sensitive.
Regardless, I hope he gets these ballads out of his system. I like them, but I need
Cudi to rap. He isn't the best lyricist, but he's an interesting one. He brings a sense of flow and melody that copycats like Young Thug are trying to capitalize off of now. My advice to Cudi: dig deep in the experimental department, but remember you're still a rapper.
Check out the track below and feel the "love." Expect Man on the Moon 3
later this year.