Speedin’ Bullet 2 Heaven (2015) by Kid Cudi
Requested by: @_.d.breezzyy
At the time when Cudi made Speedin’ Bullet 2 Heaven, he spent his time battling drug addiction, self harm, and depression in rehab. Naturally, Cudi’s life at the moment was a mess- and thus bore a messy album. This album, from front to end, is a mess. Before I continue, being a “mess” isn’t necessarily a bad thing- it could go either way. Cudi’s current state is also reflected in his lyrics. “CONFUSED!,” the album’s best thematic and lyrical song, has two lines that stood out to me: “If I blow my brains out all over this scene; that’s madness curing sadness. Sometimes I hurt myself to distract myself from distractions; that’s madness fixing sadness” and “hate the drugs but I love the numb.” On “Worth” Cudi repeats the phrase “I hate myself but I want to fix it!” Cudi is expressing his frustration on how he wants to end it all while also wanting to get better. It’s a painfully honest and morbid topic, but Cudi’s lyrics on this song are his best crafted throughout his entire discography. From a sound perspective, Cudi fully decides to explore his perception of “rock” music in this album which was either perceived as groundbreaking and influential by fans who haven’t heard rock before or it was considered a joke by fans who listen to a fair amount of “rock” on the other side. Some tracks are straight up painful to sit through and some offer no excitement. However, there are several high quality tracks including “CONFUSED!,” “Adventures,” “Judgmental C**t,” “Insides Out,” and “Speedin’ Bullet 2 Heaven.” While there are several glimpses of experimental quality and lyrical depth, it’s hard to ignore the 91 minute run time and huge amount of filler tracks paired with the painful “Beavis and Butthead” skits. This album would’ve been so much better if it was condensed by about 60%. I know critics and many fans hate this album, but I would say this album overall is redeemable but bordering Mid. It would’ve been so much better as a 10 or 12 track album that showed off Cudi’s versatility, lyrical depth, and unique, captivating sound.