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  • Feature: Why Kid Cudi Has Made the Best Hip-Hop Album of 2013 with "Indicud"

    Mon, 22 Apr 2013 08:10:57

    Feature: Why Kid Cudi Has Made the Best Hip-Hop Album of 2013 with "Indicud" - By ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino...

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    Nobody challenges the status quo quite like Kid Cudi does. While everyone else plays it safe, he goes and plays with fire, yet again. In the process, he sets the whole game ablaze with his brand new album, Indicud. It's the hip-hop event of the year and Cudi's best work yet. That's saying a lot considering how downright groundbreaking both Man on the Moon albums are.

    Boundaries don't exist on Indicud. He rolls from the spacey hum of "Unfuckwittable" into a fierce verse, twisting and turning through intense beats and a declarative refrain. He asks, "Who else is incomplete?" It's a call out to all of his faithful and those who have latched on to Cudi's unwavering honesty and ability to turn his own pain into positivity. Father John Misty adds a shimmering hook to the sexy intergalactic love of "Young Lady". Punctuated by gyrating guitars, it's like some kind of seventies prog love affair, and it's just plain sick. "Solo Dolo, Part II" gives "trippy" a whole new meaning as Kendrick Lamar shows up firing on all cylinders. Cudi even pushes him past expectations into one of his best rhymes yet due to its downright wackiness.

    The blissful night flight of "Red Eye", featuring Haim, proves to be utterly gorgeous as it sales through the dark and into an unforgettable refrain. Keep in mind, Cudi produced Indicud himself. This is unequivocally and undeniably his vision, and that's another reason it's so goddamn good.

    A$AP Rocky and King Chip make good on the title "Brothers" with the ultimate 21st century rap collaboration cut, while RZA's sagely flow drives "Beez" into the heart of the 36 Chambers. However, when Cudi's all alone, he still shines the brightest like on "Lord of the Sad and Lonely", "Immortal", and "Burn Baby Burn".

    Nevertheless, in one of his ballsiest moves yet, Michael Bolton's big ole pipes are employed on the late night jam "Afterwards (Bring Yo Friends". As everything wraps up, one thing is clear. Indicud isn't just a landmark for Cudi. It's a landmark for alternative music.

    Rick Florino
    04.22.13


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