Kid Cudi: Indicud

Cameron Hines

Though I am not a devotee to rap, there are several rappers I enjoy, one of them being Kid Cudi. When I heard about a new album, it’s safe to say I was excited to listen to it right away.

Indicud is Kid Cudi’s third studio album and has been in the works for the last three years. Whether the wait was worth it or not is still hard to say.

Many albums these days have a track that leads into the heart of the album, and “The Resurrection of Scott Mescudi” is a fitting and exciting track (Scott Mescudi is Kid Cudi’s birth name). The track seems to blare “I’m back and you better like it,” and we do.

Cudi has collaborated with many artists including Kendrick Lamar, King Chip, Too $hort, Haim, Michael Bolton and RZA. They all bring what we like best about each artist, especially Lamar and RZA.

The album has a much different sound than his other two albums, and this can be attributed to his crossover with rock music. The album, as Cudi himself says, is much more positive, but some of the songs lack the energy that his previous works have had. The second song on the album titled “Unf**kwittable” is kind of a disappointment after the opening of “The Resurrection of Scott Mescudi” was so powerful. “New York City Rage Fest” is also surprisingly not “rage-festy” at all.

There are many tracks to enjoy, though. ”Immortal” has a syth-and-strings chant that should be used by any team to pump them up for a game; “Solo Dolo Part II” with Kendrick Lamar cranks and brings back some life after the first few mellow tracks. “Red Eye”’s beginning bears similarities to Avicii’s “Levels,” but Haim’s singing really makes the track superb. “Lord of the Sad and Lonely” also has great energy.

For better or for worse, Kid Cudi’s newest album is hit-or-miss. It’s a mixed bag, but when it hits its great, and when it misses you just want to skip to the next track. It’s a good album, but certainly not to the caliber of his previous ones.