Kid Cudi is back and better than ever.
It’s been a long time coming since Kid Cudi initially announced the arrival of his Man On The Moon trilogy closer, Indicud.
And if the prophecy is correct, good things DO happen to those who wait.
The 18-track collection depicts what Cudi fans first fell in love with- the Cleveland rapper’s relatable misery.
Although we’ve heard Cudi’s comparisons of Indicud to Dr. Dre’s classic album 2001, we have to admit, it’s no 2001, but Indicud could be Cudi’s 2001, respectively, making The End Of Day his personal The Chronic.
The album is completely produced by Cudi himself with the help of a few executive producers like Hit-Boy, and it’s very apparent.
It’s not a bad thing, but the outside forces of Cudi’s favorite producer Dot Da Genius, may have alleviated the constant darkness and overly recurring themes of immortality.
With unlikely features from Michael Bolton and sisterly trio Haim, Cudi manages to maintain his artistic integrity while letting his newfound pop friends into his world of warped reality and hazy perceptions.
If you’re a true Kid Cudi fan, it’s time to rejoice and hit the nearest music retailer near you. Indicud is a definite must-buy.
Indicud is currently available on iTunes and in stores.
- Kid Cudi’s Indicud Tracklist
- 1. The Resurrection Of Scott Mescudi
- 2. Unfuckwittable
- 3. Just What I Am Feat. King Chip
- 4. Young Lady
- 5. King Wizard
- 6. Immortal
- 7. Solo Dolo Part II Feat. Kendrick Lamar
- 8. Girls Feat. Too Short
- 9. New York City Rage Fest
- 10. Red Eye
- 11. Mad Solar
- 12. Beez
- 13. Brothers
- 14. Burn Baby Burn
- 15. Lord Of The Sad And Lonely
- 16. Cold Blooded
- 17. Afterwards (Bring Yo Friends)
- 18. The Flight Of The Moon Man
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Track 1- “The Resurrection Of Scott Mescudi”
Wonder what it sounds like when Kid Cudi rises out of his hypothetical grave?
As the opening track, the two-minute instrumental sets the overall tone of the album’s theme and highlights that Cudi is indeed cognizant of his figurative disappearance from the world of music.
As the first few seconds of the track float through the airwaves, the listener will begin envisioning themselves in the trenches of darkness in a conceptual graveyard.
With the sound of crickets and the haunting ringing of life after death, Cudi captures the essence of life’s re-emergence and plays on the concept of evil without speaking one word.
The two-minute track then ends with a quote from the 1993 film The Good Son, “once you realize you can do anything, you’re free, you can fly. you can fly. nobody can touch you. nobody.”
“The Resurrection of Scott Mescudi” is nagging and spooky, but Cudi in his purest paranoid form.
Track 2- “Unfuckwittable”
The malevolent quote transitions into track two, better known as “Unfuckwittable.”
Cudi continues to toy with the idea of life’s poisonous aspects that often conquer the mentally weak, which was once him.
After surviving the pits of darkness and his struggle with addiction, Cudi counteracts the notions of wickedness with rings of him yelling “don’t you know I’m unfuckwittable” in the background.
This track is Cudi’s inconspicuous way of declaring his immortality, his happiness, his resurrection.
He is “unfuckwittable” on every level.
Track 3- “Just What I Am” Featuring King Chip
This track speaks volumes about Kid Cudi’s state of mind. “Just What I Am” served not only as Cudi’s lead single, but also as his “second coming.”
It’s a classic weed-inspired track that represents Cudi’s inability to relinquish his paranoid thoughts. This track is probably the most “The End Of Day-esque” track on the album.
Track 4- “Young Lady” Featuring Father John Misty
This interesting track is a definite change of pace from the misery Cudi is battling to escape on the first two tracks of the album. Remember that WZRD album Cudi dropped back in 2012 with Dot Da Genius?
Well, his inner rock ambitions aren’t dying anytime soon.
This mellow, guitar heavy track even features the talents of former Fleet Foxes drummer Father John Misty, formerly known as J. Tillman.
As Cudi raps about a beautiful muse, Father John Misty’s hollow voice rings on the hook as he calls upon Jesus Christ to help him cope with a beautiful woman.
Track 5- “King Wizard”
Although this was Cudi’s second promotional release, “King Wizard” promptly reminds the listener that again, Kid Cudi is “unfuckwittable.”
Playing on his theory of immortality, Kid Cudi denounces his haters and those who tried to kick him while he was down. Instead of the typical “hater” lash out, Cudi plays up his status by crowning himself king- King Wizard.
Besides “Just What I Am,” “King Wizard” is also one of those “new, now throwback” feeling tracks.
Track 6- “Immortal”
Cudi’s third single release “Immortal” encompasses the central theme of Indicud.
The recurring theme of eternal life is not only on “Immortal,” but on most of the Indicud tracks. What Cudi wants you to know in this song is three simple things: he has returned, he has nothing to lose, and he’s putting it all , including his happiness, on the line.
The song is triumphant and a narration of Cudi’s second chance at life.
Track 7- “Solo Dolo Part II” Featuring Kendrick Lamar
Cudi doesn’t need anybody on his follow-up track “Solo Dolo Part II.” A vast contrast from his initial “Solo Dolo” track featured on Man
On The Moon: The End Of Days.
Instead of the sad, melancholy, dark, and lonely package of misery Cudi exhibits on “Solo Dolo,” Cudi boasts his strength and resilience with a haunting uptempo beat, which is quite menacing.
We take “Solo Dolo Part II” as a track where he taunts his doubters, and bigs himself up for really not needing anyone this time around.
Track 8- “Girls” Featuring Too $hort
Just when you begin to think Kid Cudi is in a completely different universe than most rappers, he reminds you that he is just as lusty as the next man.
Enlisting the talents of one of hip-hop’s biggest womanizers, Too $hort, Cudi raps about all the beautiful women he encounters on a daily basis.
Beautiful women are extremely exciting, so Cudi takes this time to really take control of the hook with long dramatic yelps of excitement.
Track 9- “New York City Rage Fest”
Kid Cudi offers his listeners a mental break from his “vengeance is mine” inspired raps with a quick two-minute instrumental of rage-tastic music. The song sort of serves as an interlude in the middle of the album.
Capturing the essence of New York City’s raging underground culture, the instrumental track features claps, tings, light horns, and the thrashing of ivory keys. Imagine a stripped down, less synthesized, and way less annoying version of an EDM track, and this is it.
Track 10- “Red Eye” Featuring Haim
This is probably one of the most interesting tracks creatively for Kid Cudi. The Cleveland rapper enlists the talents of sister trio Haim, who reign from the calm atmosphere of Cali’s much envied tranquility.
On the surface it seems like Cudi and Haim have nothing in common, but think again.
Loving, hating, dealing with the perils of a dysfunctional relationship and all the irrational behavior that comes with it, well, everyone deals with that – even a rapper.
The track is tranquil yet dark, which correlates perfectly if you’re floating through the clouds on a red eye.
By the end of this track, you’ll definitely be singing “coming through the night on a red eye, red eye.”
Track 11- “Mad Solar”
This is intergalactic. Cudi returns to his outer space-inspired tracks. If you had to equate it to another Cudi track, “Man On The Moon” would be the closest comparison. The mellow track features weird tings of foreign sounds and multiple drum cadences that serve as the underlay for Cudi’s out of this world rhymes.
Track 12- “Beez” Featuring RZA
Oh, this is dope. The Wu Tang Clan ain’t nothing to f*ck with and neither is this track.
It’s dark, gritty, gutter, and captures the essence of where RZA calls home, New York City. If you’re thinking this is a quick 16-bar feature, think again. Cudi gives complete control to “the RZA” to dominate the track with his creative perception.
Track 13- “Brother” Featuring A$AP Rocky & King Chip
Cudi continues with his sudden mood change of hard-hitting beats. “Beez” featuring RZA is a smooth gritty track, and so is “Brothers.”
While on “Mad Solar,” Kid Cudi takes a mental flight, he’s way more grounded on this track. “Brothers” is basically Cudi’s spacey version of “No New Friends” or “Started From The Bottom.” Cudi wants only his real friends around to keep him grounded and support him. But if one decides to be a Judas, Cudi warns of dangerous repercussions.
Track 14- “Burn Baby Burn”
Cudi is coming hard on this track. Cudi returns to darkness on the retaliating track “Burn Baby Burn.”
He saves his quintessential “sing/rap” for only the hook on this song, and really exhibits his rapping skills over the empowering track.
Bar-by-bar, Cudi talks himself through the defeat and criticism he once faced. This is definitely not the most memorable track on the album, but it could become one of those delayed fan favorites.
Track 15- “Lord Of Sad And Lonely”
Kid Cudi knows that he is the king of hip-hop sadness. This track is one of many spooky tracks on Indicud. Cudi narrates his life of sadness and loneliness, but encourages the listener to follow his misery. Basically, this track is the perfect song to turn to when you’re feeling down.
Track 16- “Cold Blooded”
Snapping out of his miserable state of mind, Cudi plays with his cadence and rhymes on this track. Like “Burn Baby Burn,” “Cold Blooded” is forgettable, but with that said, enjoy his lyrical ambitions as you skim through this one.
Track 17- Afterwards (Bring Yo Friends)” Featuring Michael Bolton & King Chip
If you were afraid of hearing a Kid Cudi and Michael Bolton collaboration, have no fear, we like it. “Afterwards” channels the essence of a fun ’80s party splashed with Michael Bolton’s classic vocals. The song is a little bit of disco, a splash of hip-hop, a dash of a horrific ’80s Top 40 hit, and a lot of fun.
Definitely worth a listen. Doubt you’ll be playing this song at your house party, but if you feel like raging in your car, this track will do.
Track 18- “The Flight On A Moon Man”
Just when you thought Kid Cudi was about to rage the night away in a beam of disco lights, he returns the energy to spooky with “The Flight On A Moon Man.”
This serves as the last track, but he ties the album altogether with an instrumental sound of ominous fright.
“Flight” is a sister-track to the album’s opener “The Resurrection Of Scott Mescudi” and basically Kid Cudi’s way of coming full circle by completing the album with an equally eerie conclusion to correlate with its intro.
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