Too much rage?Posted: January 6, 2011
As a society, we tend to let artists get away with more than most people because their art is worth whatever hell they raised in the process. We’ve seen this in the past, specifically with drug use, with artists such as Jimi Hendrix, The Doors and Janis Joplin, whose music was heavily influenced by whatever they were sippin’, smokin’ or droppin’. It’s certainly no new phenomena, and it’s something that occurs today throughout all music genres (except maybe Gospel). I myself don’t mind if an artist needs a little extra something-something to get the creative juices flowing, just as long as the final product is quality. But what happens if an artist’s drug use lowers the quality of their music? Do we still turn a blind eye and wait for an upturn?
As much as Man on the Moon II fell short of my expectations, I have to give credit when it’s due. The production quality is sound. I wouldn’t expect anything less, as it came in part from Kanye West’s GOOD music label. Also, I’m really digging the hip-hop/alt. rock sound Cudi is growing into (listen to “REVOFEV”). I think he’s onto something there. He just needs to perfect it. And maybe rage a little less.
By Courtney Flynn