Feeling music withdrawals?
Get your music fix for the week of October 10th
(This Mental Health edition will be shared in 3 parts on Oct 10th, 12th, and 17th)
Brought to you after a week of being sick and going a tad stir crazy – luckily in the confines of comfy, Brooklinen bedding #pillowblog
MUSIC TRACK OF THE WEEK
Surfin’ – Kid Cudi
MUSIC HEADLINE OF THE WEEK
Scott Mescudi (Kid Cudi’s birthname) is a hip hop, indie alternative, and experimental musician, with a roll out of hits like “Day ‘N’ Nite (nightmare)” and “Pursuit of Happiness (nightmare).” Now, go back and revisit those track titles. A very obvious theme emerges to foreshadow what unfolded this past week.
On October 4th, Mescudi publicly admitted himself into rehab by way of Facebook, letting the world know exactly ‘what’s [been] on his mind.’ Anxiety and depression have troubled him for as long as he can remember. Earlier this year, he admitted in an interview with Billboard that he resorted to drug use, desperate to wake up from this “nightmare” that was depression. He’s now nearly succumbed to “suicidal urges,” which may have been the tipping point for him to seek help.
Then, dig deeper into some of the lyrics of his greatest hits below. It’s hard to underestimate them. Music is a language, a form of self-expression, and Kid Cudi seemed to use it to tap into his inner turmoil and connect with his fans and those closest to him. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the antidote that could save him then, nor was it enough to save him now.
“Day ‘N’ Nite”
Day and night (what, what)
I toss and turn, I keep stressing my mind, mind (what, what)
I look for peace but see I don’t attain (what, what)
What I need for keeps this silly game we play, play
Now look at this (what, what)
Madness to magnet keeps attracting me, me (what, what)
I try to run but see I’m not that fast (what, what)
I think I’m first but surely finish last, last
’cause day and night
The lonely stoner seems to free his mind at night
He’s all alone through the day and night
The lonely loner seems to free his mind at night (at, at, at night)
Hold the phone (what, what)
The lonely stoner, Mr. Solo Dolo (what, what)
He’s on the move can’t seem to shake the shade (what, what)
Within his dreams he sees the life he made, made
The pain is deep (what, what)
A silent sleeper you won’t hear a peep, peep (what, what)
The girl he wants don’t seem to want him too…
“Pursuit of Happiness”
I’m on the pursuit of happiness and I know
Everything that’s shine ain’t always gonna be gold (hey)
I’ll be fine once I get it, get it in, I’ll be good
Tell me what you know about dreamin’ (dreamin’)
You ain’t really know bout nothin’ (nothin’)
Tell me what you know about the night terrors every night
5 A-M cold sweats, waking up to the sky
Tell me what you know about dreams (dreams)
Tell me what you know about night terrors nothin’
You don’t really care about the trials of tomorrow
Rather lay awake in the bed full of sorrow
Pretty uncanny, right?
WHY SHOULD YOU CARE?
Because, despite being a victim to mental illness, his admission was mired in shame, apology, and guilt. As a result, it’s given rise to the well-wishes hashtag #YouGoodMan to, instead, commend Kid Cudi for his courageous decision to take back control of his life and start his journey to recovery. Further, his decision has inspired and opened up a public forum on social media, particularly Twitter, to discuss and bring awareness to these #mentalhealth issues that are oftentimes misunderstood, unacknowledged, poorly diagnosed and untreated.
With the proper treatment and help in rehab, there’s hope that he’ll be able to quiet the “raging storm inside of [his] heart” and soon experience the peace needed to be “happy and smiling.”
We’re rooting for you, Mr. Man on the Moon.
The public discussion is elevating the issues of mental health and moreover, elucidating the role that racial and ethnic groups plays in them.
Tune in on October 12th for a deeper look into the Black community’s unique problems and disadvantages when it comes to mental health.
SING ALONG WITH ME…
WHAT ARE PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT?
Well, that was an interesting, Jerry Springer talk show of a debate. If you missed it Sunday night, be prepared to sit in incredulous belief for the full 1.5 hour run-time. Go ahead. Knock yourself out.
In other news, Spotify and Mic have teamed up to bring you a video and podcast series, Clarify, with an aim to reach the younger generation about issues they should know and care about to take a stance and make an impact in this year’s election.
So far, the series has given Vic Mensa a platform to share his experience with police brutality (see last week’s post), and this week, Diplo, to share his struggles with student debt. Growing up in the swampy marshes of Florida, he and his siblings were the first generation to attend college. He incurred student debt, left his hometown to escape his comfort zone, and worked three jobs in Philly just to get back to net zero and hopefully, in the black. Luckily for him, he struck gold with his music career and is helping his family members see themselves out of debt.
In an effort to live out the coveted ‘American Dream,’ US students have accumulated nearly $1.3 trillion in debt, according to Student Loan Hero. So, we go to college for better opportunities, only to be live out our lives paying it all back. Awesome.
WHEN YOU FIND OUT YOU’RE INHERITING YOUR GRANDMA’S UNWANTED TREASURES
Except Alicia Keys took the high road in her new single, “Blended Family (What You Do For Love)” feat. A$AP Rocky. She celebrates her hubby Swizz Beatz’ ex-wife and the dynamic of sharing a son between the trio, understanding the compassion and support needed in this blended union all too well growing up. Her next album, Here, is out November 4th.
Damn, that “girl [is] on fire!”
WHAT YOU WANT TO SAY WHEN THEY SAY THE TIMING JUST ISN’T RIGHT FOR A RELATIONSHIP
But, why can’t you “Love Me Now?” John Legend is back to hit you in the feels with a new track that’s inspirational (or desperate, depending on how you want to look at it). It mimics his finest tunes since “Ordinary People,” “Save Room,” and “Heaven.” His next album, Darkness and Light, has been self-acclaimed as perhaps his greatest work yet.
WHERE SUPERHEROES COME INTO FORMATION AND COLLIDE
Beyoncé’s final show of the Formation World Tour ended with bringing her hubby, Jay, civil rights activist, Kendrick Lamar, and tennis superstar, Serena Williams on stage.
It’s hard to believe an album inspired by the rocky times in her marriage has brought the husband and wife closer together, being lovable and playful on stage – a complete contrast from the stage presence during their On The Run duo tour.
May they forever remain “drunk in love.”
HOW SAN FRANCISCANS WERE FOOLED INTO THINKING THE BAY HAD THE SAME CLIMATE AS THE OC
“Californiaaa, here we comeee”…uh, but why is Karl the Fog always cramping my style?
The Killers (along with Death Cab, Rooney, and The Bravery) made us fall in love with indie rock and California with their cameo appearances on The OC. They just celebrated the 10th anniversary of their sophomore album, Sam’s Town, by putting on a concert in their hometown of Las Vegas. During the show, they shared a then unreleased single, “Peace of Mind” that got left behind. #HomeAlone2LostinSamsTown
ALBUM ANTIDOTE OF THE WEEK
Cold Summer by DJ Mustard
Mustard on that sandwich. I mean, beat, [yo]!
Out with his new album at the end of September, this festival and live show favorite has tracks that will be the ketchup to your hot dog, peanut butter to your jelly, and TGIF playlist to your “work hard, play harder” motto. After a scorching Indian Summer weekend in SF, meet your cold summer here.
ARTIST ANTIDOTE OF THE WEEK
Nope, not the Indian religion. I mean the Parisian superstar, with a globetrotter background that’s taken her from Toublouse, France to Dubai and the African Congo before landing back in Paris, France. This multi-cultural upbringing is evident in her musical style, arrangements, rhythms, and beats, as well as her collaborative choice with Yodelice and tribute to civil rights symbol, Miriam Makeba.
Like what you hear? Tune in every week for the next recap.