Kid Cudi’s ‘Maniac’ + A Few More (Hopeful) Hip-Hop Films

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By Steven Roberts

On Tuesday (November 9) Kid Cudi hosted an album signing at New York’s Bape store, celebrating the release of his sophomore LP Man On The Moon II : The Legend Of Mr Rager. *puts on the trendiest sweat shirt in our RapFix closet* Last week, the MC-cum-singer announced via Twitter that he, rapper Cage and Shia LaBeouf—yes, the “Transformers” actor—are planning to release a short film for Cudi’s single “Maniac.” That news got us thinking; what other albums and/or songs would work as short films?

Kanye’s “Runaway” was visually and sonically stunning, and it definitely set the standard for what’s to come in the next few years from others in hip-hop. We’d say there’s enough creative know how in Cudi, Cage and Shia to expect nothing less than the ‘that was pretty good’ as a evaluation of their forth-coming project. But what other efforts could work as short films? RapFix came up with a few ideas …

The Clipse’s Hell Hath No Fury

This was probably the best rap album in the last five years. One of the great things about the album—and trust us there’s a lot great about it—is the story arc. Without explicitly being told, the listener follows Pharrell’s minimal beats which provides the background to the tale of a hustler’s rise (e.g. “Keys Open Doors”) to the good life (“Hello New World”) just before it’s all about to be snatched from him (Chinese New Year and Nightmares).

Jay-Z’s “Can I Live”

This is one of RapFix’s favorite songs (hip-hop, rock, pop, etc.) of all-time, and it will be probably the first part we will flip to in Jay’s upcoming “Decoded” book. Irv Gotti’s Isaac Hayes sample sets an ominous mood as Hov narrates the ultimate hustler tale.

OutKast’s “SpottieOttieDopaliscious”

Besides the whole night at the gentlemen’s club, having to find a legit job to raise your daughter and the DJ setting off a 90s party in Atlanta thing, we want to see somebody yell out “Now who else want to f— with Hollywood Cole?!” And no, not from J.Cole. Thanks.

What song or Lp would you like to see get the short film treatment? Tweet us at @MTVRapFix or leave a comment below!