Video Review: Kid Cudi “Heaven On Earth”

At night, a police car turns right as Kid Cudi drives off on a cliff. In his home, the 2006 film, The Pursuit of Happyness plays on the television. During the scene, Chris (Will Smith) listens to his son, Christopher (Jaden Smith) as he tells him, “Hey dad, you wanna hear something funny? There was a man who was drowning, and a boat came, and the man on the boat said “Do you need help?” and the man said “God will save me”. Then another boat came and he tried to help him, but he said “God will save me”, then he drowned and went to Heaven. Then the man told God, “God, why didn’t you save me?” and God said “I sent you two boats, you dummy!” Cudi floats in the water, his eyes closed.

A flashlight illuminates the water. A rescue diver pulls him out and carries to him to the ground. An emergency medical technician performs CPR. One of the EMT’s checks his pulse as they roll him on the stretcher and put him in the ambulance. Two police cars follow the ambulance as its sirens blare. The EMT put a mask on his face and check the heart rate monitor. The heart monitor flatlines, stating “going to Heaven on Earth.”

Wearing a suit, the ghost version of himself sits up as the EMT’s try to resuscitate him. The ghost version of himself looks at his translucent hands and lifts himself up. He stands on top of the ambulance. Cudi, still alive, sits up and then flops back on to the stretcher. The heart monitor reads: “almost to Heaven” and changes to “Ready to Rage.”

One of the EMT’s takes off the mask and Cudi gasps for air. The windshield cracks and the ambulance rolls over on the road. One of the police cars rolls over several times, hits the ambulance and skids on its side on the wall. The ghost version of himself walks out of the ambulance and walks away.

Rating: 5/5

Kid Cudi scrambles eggs in his kitchen. His intercom buzzes. He walks to the window and sees one of the EMT’s. Cudi buzzes him into his apartment. The emergency medical technician hugs him and says he was sorry. He really tried. Cudi says he knew they were doing their best. They saved him until the accident happened. The EMT rubs his hands together and tells him the driver shouldn’t be here with them.

Cudi offers him some eggs. The EMT shakes his head. He continues, saying, that the driver was responsible for ending at least five lives.  Cudi explains he has talked to the driver and says it truly was an accident. It was the truck driver’s fault. They were driving on the wrong side of the road. The EMT says he can’t look the driver in the eye and has refused to talk to him.

The EMT explains his kids have to be alright. They aren’t going to have a father like he did. Cudi says they know he was there for them. They can remember him and know he passed helping someone else. Cudi says his grandma bursts into tears once she saw him. She told him he should’ve had a longer life. Cudi gulps and says he had accepted death when he was in the water. The EMT says they have to make it right. Cudi gives him a small smile and puts on the radio. They listen to the names as they sit at the table, playing cards.

Director: Nabil Year: 2020

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Pam Avoledo spends her time binge-watching classic teen dramas and stands firm in her pro-Leyton stance. She also received her journalism degree in 2006 from Oakland University. Her work has been published in the White Wall Review, Sledgehammer Lit , Greatest City Collective & 45 Magazine and forthcoming in Daily Drunk Mag\'s Kristofia anthology.