Kid Cudi scores another top 10 album with his new Indicud. The lonely stoner continues his singsong-rapping on an 18-track journey of synths and depression. We break down the 5 best moments from the album. –Sowmya Krishnamurthy
“Burn Baby Burn”
Cudi knows about all the drug rumors swirling around him. Remember that pesky liquid cocaine arrest? On “Burn Baby Burn,” Cudi goes on a long verse to talk about his drug use. No hook here. Cudi’s in his own zone. “Been smokin no jokin/Cudder’s had that itch/So I scratch, so please no more speculation bout that.”
“Afterwards (Bring Yo’ Friends)” feat. Michael Bolton and King Chip
No, this is no a typo. Cudi found adult lite king Michael Bolton somewhere and threw him on a track with King Chip. A sexy little ditty about “tell your friends to get with my friends” becomes downright creepy (See: Dateline: To Catch A Predator) when Michael Bolton joins in.
“Brothers” feat. King Chip and A$AP Rocky
A bro-fest between Cudder, Chip and A$AP Rocky. Rocky shouted out Bone Thugs-N-Harmony in his breakout “Peso” and here, the Harlem pretty boy ups his flow and gets a little melodic on his own.
“Beez” feat. RZA
Wu-Tang is forever. RZA gets very lyrical with some strange bars (“I don’t write songs, grasshopper, I write sceneries” and “Long dick stamina, I fuck a bird til she sings out/La la la la, Bobby could convert Lady Gaga”). Cudi lets Bobby Digital flow and doesn’t even try rapping on this one.
“Red Eye” feat. Haim
A bubbly, warm pop song on a Kid Cudi album is out of place but still so good. “Red Eye” is a fun little song about being crazy in love. Cudi plays backseat to the Haim sisters shine here.