7. “First Chain”
“Now how the fuck can I chill now?/Kanye think I'm dope” —Kid Cudi
Cudders has had an interesting year, dropping his long-awaited Indicud, finally hinting at plans to return to his Man on the Moon sound, and leaving G.O.O.D. Music. That last point dates this track—Cudi shouts out G.O.O.D. more in "First Chain" than Kanye has this entire year. Still, the line is telling of how much pressure anyone in Kanye's inner circle faces. Right when Cudi hits it big, he is faced with one of music's toughest critics and biggest work ethics, a man who is well known for completely remaking a single track over 30 times. Maybe the Kanye cosign was more a curse than a blessing to Mr. Rager.