Kid Cudi Visits Kirt Cobain's Place Of Death

By Joseph Giannone 2011-06-29 10:19:00
Alternative rapper and psychedelic rocker Kid Cudi makes unique music. With the help of producer Kanye West, Cudder’s own unique sensibility towards self introspection makes his music stand out in the rap scene. Sure, the music he makes is considered psychedelic rock for it's obvious influences from psychedelic music, but Cudi also explores issues like mental illness, drugs, women, and even how society views him as a person in his lyrics. To be perfectly honest it's quite odd that a rapper would discuss subjects like that. It’s apparent that Cudi might have had some outside influences. Yet, who they might be is up for question. But here's my guess: Nirvana’s late Kurt Cobain is probably the reason for that. Why you ask? Well, with all of Cudi’s influences and how close his subject matters are to Cobain's, Cudi probably took some notes from the deceased rocker.

Last week the “Marijuana” hit-maker released a video on YouTube paying tribute to Cobain at a bench across the street from his Seattle, Washington home where he killed himself in 1994, providing further proof to my claim. In the clip you can watch Cudi making his penance to the grunge star, check it out:



In Cudi’s album Man on the Moon: The End of Day songs like “Soundtrack 2 My Life” and “Pursuit of Happiness (Nightmare)” make an obvious throwback to the Nirvana singer. Sure, Cudi has dealt with his own personal issues, but if those early influences were not there, maybe he would be rapping about the “normal” things that rappers, well, rap about: sex, money, weed (his song “Marijuana” is about the reasons for smoking it), purple drink, and rims. On Cudder’s second album Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager, he delves into deeper problems of instability and the reasons for using drugs. This makes it even more fitting that the artist would visit Cobain’s place of death. Cudi has his issues, but maybe Cobain inadvertently influenced Cudi to want to bring those problems out.

Was Kurt Cobain an influence of Cudi’s? It certainly seems likely.
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