Kid Cudi-Satellite Flight: The Journey to Mother Moon Album Review


Scott Mescudi, commonly known by his stage name Kid Cudi, has never shied away from going above and beyond the “normal” boundaries.  Whether it’s fashion, acting, or in this case, music, he is always doing something different and evolving his style.  His latest album, Satellite Flight: Journey to Mother Moon, is no exception to this.  This album is the link between his previous album, Indicud, and his upcoming series-finale project, Man On The Moon 3, and definitely builds suspense on the potential of his next album.  Satellite Flight returns to a more familiar style of space induced beats but definitely alters what would normally be considered a hip hop album.  Kid Cudi has never fallen under one genre, and shows it by using influences from rock, electro, alternative, and of course hip hop to make this literally out of this world project by keeping it all together with a galactic/space theme.  This theme stays throughout every song with immersive synths and soothing melodies. All the songs feel completely different and new while staying within this certain theme.  The songs range from guitar chords and singing, to flowing beats and fast rapping.  A few songs that stand out are “Balmain Jeans”, a soothing love song comprised of Cudi’s singing and a feature from Raphael Saadiq, and this album’s highlight song “Too Bad I Have to Destroy You Now”. The space-like synths immediately mesmerize you.   Cudi shows he can sing and rap by putting both old and new into a single song. The album also includes several instrumentals, such as “Copernicus Landing”, which give a break of the lyrical driven songs, while showing Cudi and his partner’s, Dot Da Genius, musical creativity. Kid Cudi’s ingenuity and relatability should gain respect from any music enthusiast.  It doesn’t matter how old you are or what your background is, you can connect to Cudi’s feelings and experiences like no other artist I’ve heard.  His music is different.  It’s new, and it’s a beam of light through the clouds of typical, mainstream music.  Song after song, Cudi molds old with new and delivers creativity and meaning on a level that I haven’t seen in many other artists, and that’s why it’s great.