Solving the problem of evil in the twenty-first century

“These Worries” by Kid Cudi: How the Devil plays a role in Music

Kid Cudi, for those of you who aren’t avid fans and followers of rap-music, is an upcoming music prodigy as of 2010. His music is said to be “real” since his music focuses on the real life issue. His song “These Worries” from his recently released album Man on the Moon II: Mr. Rager, is particularly interesting, since it deals with the turmoils an individual has to deal with because of the Devil’s actions. His song shows the pivotal turn of music lyrics and genre, as it turns to a more theological level.

The song is about a person’s worries, and how the burden should be lifted from one’s shoulders. It also focuses on how it wears out the body physically and mentally, and how the Devil toys with people’s health and mentalities. The individual in the song wishes for the worries and the burdensome load of evil to vanish from one’s shoulders.

To be more specific, at one 1:11 in the song, Kid Cudi sings “Poof-Poof Be Gone, I see the Devil Linger On.” Translated, the song states that the worries that Cudi holds is exhausting him, and through his blurred vision he sees the actual image of the Devil lingering around him in his surroundings.

The song’s moral, in a nutshell, is to relieve one’s self of their burdens and to relinquish the metaphorical Devil from one’s vision.

Songs nowadays focus on the theological aspects of life, mostly on the Devil’s doings. Especially in this song, Kid Cudi focuses on how the Devil can crumble a person’s stature. Today’s media focuses on the divinities of one’s life, how they play a role in our decisions/crucial points of our lives, and how they can affect our true beings. Although the song is rarely short and the analysis is not as in-depth as one might think. But initially, Kid Cudi directly hit the target of society’s views and their “worries”, and how the Devil can play a role in our lives, and in our music.


2 responses

  1. Molly Allender

    Many of Kid Cudi’s lyrics echo works of literature we read in class. He says he is “stuck in my hell.” Much like Mephistopheles in Dr. Faustus, he is in Hell no matter where he goes.

    May 5, 2011 at 5:50 pm

  2. zet66

    This song is definetely relevent to some of the works we read in class. The idea that the devil is something which must be actively wished away is a more classical approach, but Cudi’s idea that the devil’s presence makes him physically exhausted is a newer idea. He takes a slightly different approach in discussing not only the spiritual side of evil’s effects but also the physical side.

    May 8, 2011 at 8:43 pm

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