Kid Cudi is inching closer to the release of his fourth album Speedin' Bullet to Heaven, but in addition to the project, he has some bonus tracks to share with fans. One of those is "JFKPSA," which features one of former President John F. Kennedy's infamous speeches, set over an instrumental beat.
And if you're wondering how a politician's speech connects to Kid Cudi at all, you'll understand if you pay attention to the words.
Kennedy delivered this speech at Amherst College in Massachusetts, on October 26, 1963, in honor of poet Robert Frost, so it was focused on the important role an artist plays in society -- even if they're misunderstood sometimes.
"Just a lil something to get your mind readjusted," Cudi told fans. Check out a highlight of the speech below:
The artist, however faithful to his personal vision of reality, becomes the last champion of the individual mind and sensibility against an intrusive society and an officious state. He has, as Frost said, a lover's quarrel with the world. In pursuing his perceptions of reality, he must often sail against the currents of his time. This is not a popular role. Yet in retrospect, we see how the artist's fidelity has strengthened the fibre of our national life.
If sometimes our great artists have been the most critical of our society, it is because their sensitivity and their concern for justice, which must motivate any true artist, makes him aware that our Nation falls short of its highest potential. I see little of more importance to the future of our country and our civilization than full recognition of the place of the artist.