When you think of Cleveland native Scott Ramon Segring Mescudi, also known as "Kid Cudi," you probably think of his recent projects with Kanye West and Jay-Z, as well as his 2008 radio single "Day ‘N Nite" featuring Jim Jones. His full-length debut album, "Man on the Moon:The End of Day," embodies a new element of hip-hop that many people believe is a necessity. At its best, the album is a record built more for headphone listening than nightclubbing; an interior monologue built on a foundation of Halloween howling beats, gothic keyboards and melancholy strings. Kid Cudi is not afraid to rap about consciousness or investigate the vivid images from his imagination. Cudi sounds like no other voice in hip-hop, a maverick whose debut is sure to tilt heads if not bum-rush the charts.This unique production makes one believe he is really a "man on the moon." Jumping from reality to the fantastical, Cudi creates an entirely different world in his raps, far from the streets of ClevelandThe former film student expands hip-hop's language by exploring life in the inner city the way others focus on the action on the street. Cudi, now a hipster, contemplates his depression in sing-song rhymes set within spacious electronic sound beds.Cudi draws most of his material from his personal problems. For example, his father's death and his own struggles as a teen preoccupy his mind, as do his everyday attempts to inspire himself to be what he calls a lion and not the paranoid insomniac he nicknames Mr. Solo Dolo. Cudi jumps back and forth between these two split-personalities which are a reflection of himself. Hooks are embedded in every song, from the hasty sample of Lady Gaga in "Make Her Say" to "Simple As…" which is a cross between elegant classical music and mainstream pop. The narrative song introducers listeners to a protagonist who is "a lonely stoner" consigned to his own "Dark Side of the Moon," a serious concept which is weighed down by some silly in-between songs that are performed for the audience by popular artist Common. Many rappers have a tendency to be very repetitive or stick to a few common themes in their album. Rappers shouldn't count on receiving attention from listeners in a vast hip-hop market if they only stick to common topics. Cudi is an exception with the only consistent element being his voice. His unhurried nasal flow is easily recognizable. He's at his best when he lets the fog lift on more extroverted cuts like the funny "Make Her Say" and "Enter Galactic." Let's hope Kid Cudi finds a few more ladies to take into space on his next journey; they seem to help him get beyond his habits and make incredible records such as this. Toneisha Friday can be reached at email@example.com.
The Pirates dropped their second straight conference match to Villanova by the score of 4-1 on Sunday at Owen T. Carroll Field.
Students and faculty who wanted to receive the seasonal flu vaccine on Sept. 17 were met with long lines in the University Center Main Lounge, as increased worry over getting sick this year prompted a record breaking amount of vaccinations.
This fall, Campus I.D. Card Services will be working to expand the Pirate's Gold program to provide students with greater access to area merchants and foster a more cooperative relationship between local vendors and the university.
The volleyball team won a close match in their Big East Conference opener against the Georgetown Hoyas by a score 3-2, 26-24, 25-17, 22-25, 26-28, 15-10. The Pirates improved their record to 7-10, 1-0 in conference, for the season."This win was a huge confidence boost," head coach Kris Zeiter said. "Georgetown is a team we are competing with for a spot in the conference tournament and it is important to take an early lead on them." The five set win for the Hall was lead by senior Allie Matters who had 30 digs in the match, Freshman Olivia Trudeau who had a career high in assists with 54, and sophomore Meghan Matusiak who led the team with 18 kills. Early in the first set the Pirates fell behind the Hoyas 10-6 before being able to come back and tie the score 11-11 after a kill by freshman Morgan DeVries. Both teams would trade points to 14-14, then Georgetown would go on an 8 point run giving them the 22-14 first set lead. Seton Hall would then respond with a 9-1 run tying the score again, 23-23. DeVries would put the Pirates ahead with a kill before teaming up with Matusiak for the block giving the first set to the Hall 26-24."(Coming back) really helped our confidence," DeVries said. "We knew now we could (win) no matter the situation."The momentum gained from the first set carried over to the second set for the Pirates. After trading points early in the second set the Hall pulled away to a six point advantage 16-10. The Hoyas could not respond with the Pirates taking a 21-13 lead before winning the second set 25-17 to go up 2-0 in the match. . In the third set Georgetown the entire set scoring first and jumping out to a 13-8 lead. The Hoyas would win the set 25-22 without even letting the Pirates tie the set at any point. With the 2-1 set lead heading into the fourth set Seton Hall started quickly jumping out to the 8-4 lead. Georgetown would then take the next 5 points to take the lead in the set 9-8. The Pirates would take command of the fourth set, taking a 5 point advantage 20-15. Georgetown would then respond with a 7-3 run tying the set at 23-23. Both teams then started trading points to 26-26 before the Hoyas scored 2 in a row, winning the set 28-26 tying the match at 2 sets apiece. "(5th set) is a clean slate for both teams," said DeVries. "It's a short set and you have to get it done right away."Both teams played it close to start the set, with Georgetown holding a slight advantage. Down 10-7 coach Zeiter called a timeout. Right out of the timeout the Hall got a kill from Sophomore Rachael Thornquist and a block from Matusiak, starting the final run of the game."The timeout turned the game around," said Zeiter. "The Matusiak block got us on a roll."The Hall would end up taking the lead at 11-10 before finishing off the Hoyas, winning the final set 15-10 after winning the last 8 points of the match. "We are going to have many close games in conference," said Zeiter. "Its huge to know we can win those close games in the future."The Pirates come right back with a home match against South Florida on Sunday at home. Stephen Valenti can be reached at Stephen.firstname.lastname@example.org.