By Sarah Brotherton
With “The Hunger Games” hitting theatres all around the nation in less than 12 hours, fans have already begun camping outside of local movie theatres in anticipation of the film’s midnight premiere. Followers of the books and the upcoming movie have also proven to be fans of the music, as well, with “The Hunger Games” soundtrack heating up the iTunes and Amazon music charts since its release last Tuesday (March 20). What listeners may not have anticipated is the record, “The Ruler and the Killer,” that rapper-turned-rocker Kid Cudi wrote and produced for the soundtrack that falls right after Taylor Swift’s hit collab with The Civil Wars, “Safe and Sound,” on the track listing.
MTV News caught up with Cudi on the red carpet at the film’s premiere in Los Angeles to discuss his inspiration and initial involvement in the project. “They reached out for me to do a song for the soundtrack…[and I thought] ‘Okay, that’s cool, but I need to get inspired.’ So I went back and read the books. I had heard about them, but never really got into it … it was probably one of the best things to help the project”
Cudi discussed the theme and motive was behind the track and which characters he connected to most when reading the novels. “This song is kind of like the villain’s theme song,” he said. “I wanted to make a real dark and evil record that represented the capital, like the people in it and the people that run the capital because ultimately, they’re ruling this whole country. And also killers, you know, they’re murderers, so I wanted to think, if they had a song, what would they say?”
In the post-apocalyptic world of Panem, Cudi probably would be an evil and twisted ruler in the capital. Until then, we have projects like this and the continuous success of his most recent album, WZRD, to look forward to.