A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this song revolves around using drugs as a means of escaping difficult emotions like depression, anxiety, and loneliness. Though Kid Cudi refrains from using graphic language, the bleak, drug-related lyrics send a grim message.
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What's the story?
DAY 'N' NITE is the breakout rap/hip-hop single from Scott Mescudi, a.k.a. Kid Cudi -- a young Kanye West protégé who hails from Cleveland, OH. Though Cudi originally released the song on his summer 2008 mix-tape, the single gained real traction after Cudi began to appear alongside the likes of West, Snoop Dogg, and other big-name rappers. The track's dark story arch is a guy who attempts to keep his feelings of depression and isolation at bay by smoking pot and pacing the streets alone at night.
Is it any good?
A hypnotic beat threads through this single, giving it a musical appeal beyond its dreary lyrics. While those lyrics tell a depressing tale about a guy who can't escape his emotional problems, there's a refreshingly real and honest air about them: "I look for peace, but see, I don't attain / Madness to magnet keeps attracting me / I try to run, but I'm not that fast." It's a departure from the tedious bravado that characterizes so many rap and hip-hop songs. But at the end of the day, finding salvation in pot doesn't send a positive message about how to deal with problems.