Monday, February 8, 2010

Kid CuDi-Pursuit of Happiness (Steve Aoki Dance Remix)

Moodawg would be the first to tell you: we ain't no doctors around these parts. We do know a little bit about music, at least what sounds good to our ears, and one thing I've noticed lately is a shift in musical trends.

I would say that the two biggest trends in music right now are the bending of musical genres, and the heavy influence of electronic music in almost all forms of music right now. An artist that has recently made it big is Kid Cudi, an almost perfect example of my theory. Cudi comes out of Cleavland and moved to Brooklyn when he was 20. His rise to fame came way of his first mixtape "A Kid Named Cudi" which hit blogs in a major way. Cudi represents a twist on Chicago influenced rap that isn't about being the alpha male, being hard, being real, or most of the more stereotypical themes of modern rap music. Cudi talks about his fears, weaknesses, and hopes, and has had his music described as "emo rap." This aint emoscreamodreamo we're talking about, but it's definitely more introspective and aware than a lot of rap out there...

Cudi's "Pursuit of Happiness" is a great introduction to Cudi and the fusion of electronic and hip hop. Over a beat by Ratatat, the New York based electronic duo, Cudi raps about his dreams and nightmares and what making it is all about. Today's jamandahalf, however, is the dance remix by Steve Aoki. Aoki takes the original and infuses it with synths and a throbbing bass, turning a laidback jam into a song that's guaranteed to keep CMC moving for a while. Cudi's debut album got some serious spins in 661L last semester (at least in my room), and with Cudi looking like his next album will bring together even more artists, indicative of a larger movement in music, blending, not mashing, seems to be the way of the future.

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