KiD CuDi – Indicud

After releasing his sophomore effort Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager just 3 years before, KiD CuDi went on to form an alternative rock duo with longtime collaborator Dot da Genius called WZRD & they actually dropped a decent self-titled album the year before under CuDi’s newly founded Republic Records imprint Wicked Awesome Records. Now he’s releasing his 3rd full-length album under his own name & not only is it the first album of his to not be a part of the Man on the Moon series, but it’s also his final album under his mentor Kanye West’s label GOOD Music & it’s surprisingly produced by CuDi himself with the exception of Hit-Boy co-producing the track “Red Eye” along with CuDi’s WZRD cohort Dot da Genius providing drums on the tracks “Immortal” & “Girls”. On the song “Unfuckwittable”, CuDi’s talking about finding good vibes over an alt-rock beat left over from the WZRD sessions. The song “Young Lady” is said to be about Emma Watson & while I really enjoy Father John Misty’s music, his feature on here wasn’t capturing me at all. The track “King Wizard” is basically CuDi’s way of saying “fuck you” to all the haters out there & not only do I absolutely love CuDi’s delivery on this song, but I also love the trippy electro-beat on here as well. The song “Immortal” has a nice theme & the MGMT sample throughout enhances the positivity of the song, in my opinion. The track “Solo Dolo, Part II” is a sequel to the song “Solo Dolo” off of CuDi’s fantastic debut Man on the Moon: The End of Day & while I do like the keys as well as the hard drums on here, the guest verse from Black Hippy member Kendrick Lamar unsurprisingly steals the show. To go back to the track “Girls”, it’s an anthem about all the different “colors & sizes” of ladies out there & while it was only right for CuDi to get a verse from Too $hort on this song, it’s just ok to me. The track “Beez” has a really grimy beat complete with a dope sample of the classic Geto Boys track “Mind Playing Tricks on Me” during the hook but to my surprise & maybe to the surprise of many others too, we have the almighty Wu-Tang Clan’s de facto leader RZA being the only person on the entire track to be spitting verses & he sounds amazing over the production. I can kinda imagine this being on The Cure (if it ever comes out at this point), but I’m happy with hearing it on this album too. The track “Cold Blooded” has a bland beat & the way CuDi delivers the hook on here is just fucking atrocious. The track “Afterwards (Bring Yo Friends)” is a party anthem mainly performed by CuDi’s longtime friend King Chip, but his lyrics are repetitive as Hell & the bridge from Michael Bolton is just unbelievably random & stupid. It’s a decent KiD CuDi overall, but there are a couple things holding it back for me. Definitely some dope songs on here but while I can absolutely appreciate the fact that CuDi wanted to produce the album almost by himself, I think he should’ve waited like a year to do so

Score: 2.5/5

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