Damn Cudi, what happened? It was only a couple of years back since you’ve released Induced, and fans were excited to see where you were going with your music. Following the 2013 release of his last rap album (because Satellite Flight doesn’t count), Cudi has been on a trip that some people may question. Sure, it was hinted that the Cleveland rapper would be experimental when he released his first non-rap album WZRD, but no one knew whether we would get the sequel to his acclaimed musical series, Man on the Moon. To hold us off while we wait, Cudi relased Speedin’ Bullet to Heaven, an all-acoustic album that once again shows the rapper’s plunge into his experimental mindset. While there are some good songs on this album, you get the feeling that Speedin’ Bullet is a call for help.
Speedin Bullet to Heaven is an all-acoustic (punk rock) album. There are no beats, there is no bass. For 26 songs, you will hear nothing but guitar riffs, live percussion, and Cudi singing like he listened to nothing but the store playlist at Hop Topic. The album is recorded in a very gritty fashion, with the feeling that you are listening to raw demos of what could be on official singles. Its very obvious that Cudi chose to hire a live band instead of a crew of producers. In some cases, it’s actually not that bad. Songs like “Man of the Night” and “Embers” show that at times, Kid Cudi can actually perform in punk rock. However, some tracks, like “Handle With Care” would sound incredibly dope with a beat under it. It only makes you want him to come back to hip hop more and more.
In Speedin’ Bullet, Kid Cudi’s voice is wrapped around lyrics that are a little darker than his past projects. When you hear lyrics about seeing people dead during the rapper’s childhood in “Trauma,” you get kind of worried about his mental health. Add this with a shitload of Heavy Metal screams and few familiar singing vocals that Cudi usually touches beats with, and you have an album that kind of makes you concerned for the artist’s journey so far. While listening to the project, you definitely can hear that Cudi was going through something in the process of Speedin’ Bullet. The album already creates a melancholy type of vibe with its intense rock sound and raw production, but Cudi’s voice and lyrics just add on to what has to be one of his darkest albums so far.
As for the content of Cudi’s latest album, there’s a lot of it. Speedin’ Bullet to Heaven is long as hell, featuring a two disk set that all listeners. This can be a benefit for some, but looking at the comments the internet has made about the album, its a problem for many. Not only do fans get what they don’t want from Cudi, they get two full disks of what they don’t want from Cudi. However, one positive from this is the appearance of classic animated MTV characters, Beavis and Butthead, throughout the album to at least add some humor before the next track. There’s also not many features on Speedin’ Bullet. Cudi’s close friend, King Chip, is not even on the album, which is a first for a album made by Cudi himself.
In conclusion, Speedin’ Bullet 2 Heaven is an album that is a step up from WZRD, maybe Satellite Flight. but it’s not touching Man On The Moon nor Indicud. There’s no problem with an artist being experimental with their music, but if fans aren’t getting what they would expected from someone who is as talented as Cudi, it becomes a problem. There are some good songs off of this album, but most of the album is filled with some very dark vibes. Speedin Bullet 2 Heaven may make you concerned for where Cleveland’s superstar will go.
Production score 7
Lyrics score 4
Composition score 6