Cleaning a bathroom isn’t my favorite thing to do, but it’s somewhat relaxing to put some music on and focus on that along with such a simple yet tedious task. Kid Cudi, who comes from Northeast Ohio, like me, should never be called on to provide that music again. Satellite Flight easily bested (worsted?) toilet scrubbing, bending over at the back to clean the tub, and attempting to recreate Mrs. Knowledge’s Tetris-like makeup tool placement for most unbearable aspect of the experience. Hand-mopping the floor with an old washcloth provided more satisfaction.
My most pressing argument with Satellite Flight is that it doesn’t feel like hip-hop. This is alternative rock. Cudi sings 95% of the words here, and his singing is irksome to say the least. His voice already isn’t very good, but then the notes that he’s holding are wrong! It’s all bad! There’s even a song with Raphael Saadiq, who must have signed on just so listeners could be reminded of what a real singer is. There’s also four instrumental tracks, which sound better than the singing, and reinforce the space flight motif, but are still nothing to write home about.
Only one song, Too Bad I Have to Destroy You, featured Cudi rapping. It’s about haters, and accordingly, is mediocre. He did at least call haters “jake niggas,” which was an awesome moment because jake is Cleveland-slang for wack or corny.
Hearing some home flavor on a nationally released album is definitely cool, but it’s the only cool thing on this album. Every song sounds like music to slit your wrists to, i.e. really depressing. I know that Cudi isn’t making music for people like me; hardcore hip-hop heads are not his desired core audience. He even had the nerve to say that brag-fueled rapping is holding hip-hop back as a culture, which I find especially irrelevant coming from a guy whose latest album isn’t even hip-hop. I respect his mission to help lonely and suicide-prone kids, and his refusal to stay inside the hip-hop box. But those are the only good things of significance that I can say about the so-called hip-hop product that he makes.
Highlights: none. Watch this video of Cudi actually rapping well, from 2009, with Consequence, on a classic Tribe beat, instead:
And here’s the interview where he talks that shit about braggadocio rap:
If you made it this far, be sure to click the links below, especially the third one directly below. It’s hilarious