I’m a huge KiD CuDi fan. I loved his second album, Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager. But I was disappointed with his videos that came out after “Pursuit of Happiness.” I feel like I can relate to CuDi. He just might be the artist I relate to the most. I listen to “Man On The Moon (The Anthem)” and “Soundtrack 2 My Life” and see myself. When I seen the video above, I was blown away. When I first heard the song, I didn’t think much of it. But I saw myself in the video. I felt like I was watching a movie about me. Allow me to interpret the video.
First, we see CuDi trying to break into a building. He’s trying to unlock his potential. Once in the building, he looks up and sees he has a long way to go. The lock was just the beginning of a great battle. He sees that it will be a great battle, indeed. Everyone is trying to block him from reaching the top, from reaching his full potential. He is truly against the world here. He puts up a fight against the doubters, the dream killers.
He fights them off, but fails to fight his boss, Kanye West, because he is made aware of the consequences. With each blow he received after failing to battle his boss represents people telling him he can’t do this, can’t do that, can’t be this, can’t be that and why don’t you do this? Just when he thought he gained the upper hand on what he believed to be his biggest foe, he is blindsided by his girlfriend, the one person who he thought had his back. He is stunned by this to the point where he stops fighting and falls victim to his greatest enemy, himself.
You might see this as reaching, but I see it this way because this is my story. I had people doubt me, even those who I thought loved me the most. I had people diss me behind my back. I had people abandon me. Things got to the point where I was digging myself deeper and deeper by coming up with my own doubts. I was drinking on my own to escape reality, to escape my own mind.
I almost fell victim to myself, but woke up just as CuDi does at the end of the video. I woke up to the warming embrace of God. I hope CuDi keeps making videos like this. I hope he keeps making the Man on the Moon type music. This stuff helps people know that they are not alone. Even if people don’t come to know God, CuDi’s music could mean life for people who only see death.