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Kid Cudi - Soundtrack 2 My Life

[Verse 1]
I got 99 problems and they all bitches
Wish I was Jigga man, carefree livin'
But I'm not Shawn, or Martin Louis
I'm that Cleveland nigga rollin' with them Brooklyn boys
You knowin' how it be when you start living large
I control my own life, Charles was never in charge
No sitcom could teach Scott about the dram
Or even explain the troubles that haunted my mom
On Christmas time, my mom Christmas grind
Got me most of what I wanted, how'd you do it mom, huh?
She copped the toys I would play with in my room by myself
"Why he by himself?"
He got two older brothers, one hood, one good
An independent older sister kept me fly when she could
But they all didn't see
The little bit of sadness in me

I've got some issues that nobody can see
And all of these emotions are pouring out of me
I bring them to the light for you, it's only right
This is the soundtrack to my life, the soundtrack to my life

[Verse 2]
I'm super paranoid, like a sixth sense
Since my father died, I ain't been right since
And I tried to piece the puzzle of the universe
Split an eighth of shrooms just so I could see the universe
I try and think about myself as a sacrifice
Just to show the kids they ain't the only ones who up at night
The moon will illuminate my room and soon I'm consumed by my doom
Once upon a time nobody gave a fuck
It's all said and done and my cock's been sucked
So now I'm in the cut, alcohol in the wound
My heart's an open sore that I hope heals soon
I live in a cocoon opposite of Cancún
Where it is never sunny, the dark side of the moon
So it's more than right, I try and shed some light on a man
Not many people of this planet understand fame

"Soundtrack 2 My Life" is the second track form Kid Cudi’s groundbreaking debut album “Man on the Moon: The End of Day”. The song is a fan favorite that quickly became an anthem for the kids who felt seen by Cudi’s music. At the time of this song’s release, very few rappers dove into deep personal matters in their music, or discussed issues like depression and anxiety in their music, and this song marks Cudi as the originatior of modern day emo rap. The song dwells on Cudi’s entire life, and mostly about how growing up and now, he is constantly haunted by his mental health struggles, the issues nobody can see. There is a generation that was saved by Cudi’s music, this album and this song specifically, just for knowing that they weren’t the only ones struggling. Cudi’s line about being a sacrifice to show the kids we ain’t the only ones up at night reigns true in so many ways. "This track is called “Soundtrack 2 My Life”, […] produced by Emile. And, this is kinda like the opening scene of the story and, it’s kinda like I’m waking up in the dream now. And, you know, it’s kinda giving you a brief rundown, like a prelude to what’s about to happen in the story. Kinda like, you know, an introduction, like when you open a book. […] And, you know, it sets the pace. It’s got energy and it’s, you know, one of the real rapping joints on the album, you know what I mean, ‘cause it’s three verses, it’s sixteen bars, and I’m spittin’." – in a song by song interview with Generations "What has Emile said about the song?" "That record started with me just kind of on the keyboard just playing shit. When he heard something he liked, he would be like, ‘That’s dope.’ It would just be like some chords, then we’d kind of build it around that. It wasn’t like, I’d have a beat done and be like, ‘What do you think?’ It would always just start with nothing and then build into a beat. That was [another] one of those records we cut all in one night, which is rare, because usually we would spend a few days or a few different sessions per song. That one we did in one night because he was just determined to get it done."

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