“These worries are heavy / They rest on my shoulders,” Kid Cudi and guest Mary J. Blige sing on the dark-but-defiant “These Worries”, the latest song to surface from the rapper (who has recently forsaken rapping in favor of becoming a rock god). Honestly, though, when is Kid Cudi not worried in a track? Almost every tune we get from Cudi is him feeling weighed down and forlorn. Guy needs a hug. Hop below to listen to one of two Man On The Moon II: The Legend Of Mr. Rager tracks featuring Queen of Hip Hop Soul.
“The crazy the wizard, so much whiskey in my liver / I really like the punch it delivers, makes me warm while i high-five sinners,” raps Cudi on the Emile and Polow Da Don-produced track. (Nice shout-out to your new band, Wizards, by the way.)
The pair’s two collaborations came about from a happenstance plane ride to New York. Both artists were on the same flight, bumped into one another, and wound up exploring the possibility of recording together. Cudder eventually brought Blige into the studio, but neither was completely satisfied with the end result.
“She liked it, but she asked to hear other stuff,” Cudi told MTV. “I was immediately standoffish. I was like, ‘Man, I don’t want to play all of these other songs, me talking about cocaine and wilin’ out and stuff. I don’t want to disrespect Mary, and I know these topics are really intense, and the song I wanted her on was an upbeat, ‘Family Affair,’ happy. It’s a completely different vibe, and I just didn’t know how she would respond.
“I played her ‘Please Don’t Play This Song,’ and she was like, ‘I want to get on that,’ ” Cudi recalled. “I was like, ‘You can get on anything you want… I want you on the whole album if you want to be.’ “