"Day 'N' Nite" (CD single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Rapper sings about smoking pot to chase away the blues.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 15 reviews

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Positive Messages
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Smoking marijuana is the central theme: "The lonely stoner seems to free his mind at night / He smokes a clip, then he's on his way."

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 9-year-old Written bywillowfaierie July 3, 2009
No they didn't, Nico9000!
Adult Written byiluvredsoles June 4, 2009

Great rap song

this is a great clean rap song i think its great. besides talking about drugs i think he's more putting drugs down then uplifting them in this song. its gr... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old February 13, 2010

Really Good Rap, Although About Marijuana

Semi-Inappropriate, but it's a very good rap. Kid Cudi is a good rapper and the clean version is just fine for everyone. The dirty version is fine for teen...
Teen, 16 years old Written byBetabrockhampstan May 1, 2020

Not a Mature Song in the Slightest

I've loved this song since my parents first played it for me around the time it was released in 2008. While my age rating of 3 and up seems quite ridiculou... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about better ways to deal with challenging emotions than drug use. Can you name five positive actions you can try to regain your peace-of-mind in the face of sadness or depression? What are the five things that make you feel happiest?

Music details

  • Artist: Kid Cudi
  • Release date: March 20, 2009
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Universal Motown
  • Genre: Rap
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes
  • Last updated: July 15, 2015

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