Dream Setlist: Kid Cudi

Dream Setlist: Kid Cudi

Ten years ago, Kid Cudi released Man on the Moon II. Guest writer, Semaj Moore, revisits this iconic album in this week’s dream setlist.

Ten years ago, Kid Cudi released his critically acclaimed sophomore album Man on the Moon II. Among Cudi’s die- hard fans, this album usually ranks #1 in his discography.

With a decade having passed, it would be fitting if the star went on a tour celebrating his greatest work. The tour’s setlist would include songs from both Man on the Moon: The End of the Day and Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager.

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1. Day ‘n’ Night (Nightmare)

Kid Cudi - Day 'N' Nite

This song was Cudi’s break-out song and remains one of his most popular. Its simple chorus mixed with its catchy melody would serve as a nice wake up to start the show.

2. Make Her Say

Kid Cudi - Make Her Say (Clean Version) ft. Kanye West, Common

This song is amazing, flat out. Like “Day N Night,” this song comes from Man on the Moon. It features the legendary and ever so controversial Kanye West. What makes the song and brings it to center is the sample of an acoustic version of Lady Gaga’s “Pokerface.”

3. Soundtrack 2 My Life

KiD CuDi - Soundtrack 2 My Life (Music Video HD)

Just three songs so far on this list makes you realize how really good Cudi’s initial effort was: oh yeah, his debut album has this song. “Soundtrack 2 My Life” lays out his art and details that listening to his music is like listening to the Gospel of Cudi. This is his life; we’re listening to it. Quite intimate. It has a nice beat to clap and sway to.

4. Simple As…

It’s unfair how many great songs this man has. “Simple” has a punky rock vibe that still manages to be hip hop as f***.

5. We Aite (Wake Your Mind Up)

Now we’re diving into Man on the Moon II. “We Aite” has a quick, steady pace with a deep bass layered with a guitar (is that a guitar over that bass?).

6. Marijuana

This song is amazing. It is one of the national anthems for smoking weed. I don’t even know what genre to place this song in. With most of Cudi’s songs, it contains elements of Hip Hop.

7. Mojo So Dope

Kid-CuDi - Mojo So Dope (Official Music Video)

Songs like these are why people rank Man on The Moon II so high. “WE LIVE THIS SH*T!” For the outcasts, this song brings the crowd together. It’s a song where one admits to having a messed up life, but owns it and attempts to be happy in the process.

8. The Mood

A groovy, deep ambient song about sexual tension that eventually rises to a bubbling point.

9. Maniac

Kid Cudi and St. Vincent on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

The beginning of this track is simply beautiful to listen to, having a house-like rippling bass with these robotic noises dazzling over them, it’s crazy! The song itself is amazing as well.

10. Ghost!

One thing that still gets me, when did I become a ghost?It’s one of those songs that has themes of hopelessness and still remaining patient because the future is bright. This is the hand-waving, lighters-in-the-air song of the tour.

11. Erase Me

I really love this song. It’s a nerdy rock song reminiscent of the time when pop-rock like The All-American Rejects and Gym Class Heroes were super popular. This song crosses demographics and is another song that showcases Kid Cudi’s truly diverse sound.

12. Man on the Moon (The Anthem)

We are back to the debut. The titular song is a catchy, acoustic guitar driven, futuristic song about not belonging, about being from the moon because the world makes his mind crazy.

13. Mr. Rager

We are heading towards the encore: this would be the last song of the set before the extra song. “Mr. Rager” is leaving for another adventure. The previous song talks about how he feels about being an outcast, now this song is about being mesmerized by Mr. Rager. We ask him where he’s going, and he’s going away.


14. Pursuit of Happiness (Nightmare)

Kid Cudi - Pursuit Of Happiness ft. MGMT

Of course we end the night when Cudi’s most famous song, the song that rock bands have covered and rap stars have sampled. And it’s not even that old of a song, it’s just that good. The first line, “Crush a bit, little bit, roll it up, take a hit,” is a well-known mantra among Cudi fans. The song is a great way to end the night with a positive message. That even now the next day isn’t promised. We seek to pursue something greater.

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