Soundtrack 2 My Life

Album: Man On The Moon: The End Of Day (2009)

Songfacts®:

  • Man On The Moon is a concept album split into five acts about a journey through Cleveland rapper Kid Cudi's consciousness. Boomy-voiced rapper Common narrates it and this thoughtful track sets the scene.
  • Kid Cudi (real name Scott Mescudi)'s father passed away from cancer when he was eleven-years-old. His death had a significant effect on both his personality and music. In this song Mescudi notes that, "Since my father died, I ain't been right since." He told HipHopDX.com: "It's definitely important to me to make mention of my father because I think that does play a major part in why I am who I am, like my character and how I think and how I move in life. And this album was my way of finally letting out a lot of feelings that I've yet to even mention to my mother."
  • HipHopDX.com asked Mescudi what the "moon" in the album title and cover art represents. He explained: "The moon is pretty much my place of peace, whether it's a room or my mind. It's really your own personal space. It could be interpreted any different way. I didn't wanna have it so literal. I want kids to interpret it and find their own moon in their world."
  • On this track, Cudi sings that he'd like to experience "carefree living like Jay-Z." Djbooth.net asked the rapper if he feels such an aim is truly realistic for an artist. He replied: "I wrote that song from an ignorant standpoint, man – I wanted to have ignorance be the undertone of the whole song. And it really is to show what one thinks when his back is up against the wall. It's really to flip Jay's line and kind of use it in my favor. It worked – it's the only way I could've explained the situation."

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