KiD CuDi
Indicud


3.0
good

Review

by knottsknocks USER (12 Reviews)
April 19th, 2013 | 143 replies | 11,979 views


Release Date: 04/23/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Experimental production and sluggish vocals might bore or alienate some, but the album is still an interesting experience for those wishing to expand their minds.

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Kid Cudi is a unique individual. He's a result of the resurgence of introspective pop music after the release of 808s and Heartbreak, along with Drake and a few others. Cudi is typically regarded highly in the hip-hop community for being accompanied by almost nightmarish production and sense of rhythm/harmony, even though he doesn't have the greatest voice. According to friends of mine, he also creates some of the greatest stoner tunes in the business. Both of the installments in the Man on the Moon series have been critically well-received. However, when one is critically and commercially popular, it can lead to slight issues with ego. Cudi decided, on a whim, he was going to create the rock album WZRD. And to say the response to the release was lukewarm would be a gross understatement. Not only was WZRD a large dent in Cudi's reputation, his guest spot on the Cruel Summer album, "Creepers", was interpreted by most Cudi fans as a disappointment. To put it simply, people began to question whether Cudi still had it in him to return to the Man on the Moon magic. Until recently, when he released the incredibly well-received tracks "King Wizard", "Just What I Am", and "Immortal". Fans are probably asking if the rest of the album compares to what we've all heard so far. That's not the issue here. Every track is basically the same in terms of vocal and production style. And that's why it may or may not appeal to Cudi fans. In attempting to be original, Cudi has sacrificed his focus on making interesting and provoking music. Instead, going for an independent and experimentally styled aesthetic has led to alienating elements of what might be considered regular or mainstream. It's almost a manifesto, a rebellious statement by Cudi that he makes music for himself, and only for himself.

I actually enjoy some of the production on the album for the most part, even if the tricks and attempts to sound weird can be consistently annoying after a dedicated listen. It's weird, psychedelic, sometimes catchy, and incredibly dark. But, it also feels cheap and rushed. Listeners might enjoy the primary concept in these instrumentals (and some of the tracks are nothing but instrumentals), but might not enjoy the mixing or the amount of work that seems to be put into it. The experience of Indicud is generally akin to watching an extremely entertaining television show when you barely can retain a signal. The core story or plot may have some value, but you can barely make it out through all the static. "Girls", and "Mad Solar" are standouts in terms of unpolished beats and samples. If music that's been painstakingly designed isn't an issue, I'd expect any Kid Cudi fan to enjoy most of the tracks on this album. It shares genetic material with both installments of Man on the Moon, and certainly isn't an auditory chore like WZRD. There are many favorites of mine here that will achieve multiple listens, due to their extremely unique and quite catchy sense of construction. "Un***wittable," "Just What I Am", "Kid Wizard", "Immortal" "Solo Dolo Pt. II", "Beez" and "Burn Baby Burn" are worth the purchase of this album alone, if you're looking for new musical experiences.

Now with interesting and unique production, there must be equally inspired rapping/singing, right? Not exactly. Cudi, has always had a very slow and casual delivery, but here it sounds bored. There is a relaxing sheen to some of the dullness, and I'm certain it will be perfect music to smoke weed to. However, us casual fans who aren't stoners and don't really have much experience with drugs might not be equally impressed by Cudi's rhythms. There are spots where he does sound passionate and invested, especially on "Immortal" and "Just What I Am", which are enthusiastic and anthemic. Other tracks unfortunately leave much to be desired, even if they aren't explicitly bad or terrible. "King Wizard" even though it's a generally acclaimed track, is one I found to be a perfect example of the issues and problems with Cudi's current musical stylings. He sounds sluggish and bored. A lot of fans might think I'm missing the point and bring up the fact that this is chill music for those who just want to get high and have fun, and I will agree in saying for the most part that Kid Cudi's lyrics and flow on Indicud are better heard under the influence. I'll leave it at that.

To conclude, Indicud is an album that doesn't hold up well to critical analysis. It has unclean production, sluggish rapping/singing, and a generally uninteresting main theme to those who aren't with the whole drug scene. (Cudi seems to be obsessed with dropping not only references to his marijuana habit, but also to his acid trip whilst creating the music.) But that's not the point. Cudi is making music for himself, which is a representation of what he believes to be a quality listening experience. And most of the music is undoubtedly a product of what will also be used to enjoy the album: mind-altering drugs. The album succeeds in being interesting on a regular level, but I can only imagine what it would be like with a different and new frame of mind. In an attempt to be original, Cudi has sacrificed a clean sound, for the most part catchy hooks, and multi-layered lyrics. That doesn't mean Indicud isn't worth a listen or two. Or three, if you plan on inviting your stoner buddies over. I'm sure they'll love it.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
demigod!
April 18th 2013



43793 Comments


i love Cudi's debut album and his AKNC mixtape so much. i have this so i'll probably listen to it at some point, but the anti-hype has kinda killed any excitement i had


i'm also one of those people who thought WZRD was aight.

Digging: Black Flag - My War

knottsknocks
April 18th 2013



21 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I actually enjoyed "High Off Life". Everything else, I felt, was uninteresting.

oltnabrick
April 18th 2013



30038 Comments


This sucks XD so long and boring









demigod!
April 18th 2013



43793 Comments


have you heard a kid named cudi brick

oltnabrick
April 18th 2013



30038 Comments


If that's his first mixtape, yes

demigod!
April 18th 2013



43793 Comments


yeah

it rules hard

Sleaper
April 18th 2013



3314 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

cudi is trying so fucking hard to be experimental it just hurts.

this album blows, just what i am and king wizard are good.. but i mean lets face it. they were released like a year ago...

good review. lots of solid points you got.

Digging: Joyce Manor - Never Hungover Again

kingsoby1
Emeritus
April 18th 2013



4938 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

man, i loved this. not sure what album yall are listening to???

this is my fav kid cudi release by a long shot

demigod!
April 18th 2013



43793 Comments


i cant see him topping man on the moon pt 1 but i will try this

Sleaper
April 18th 2013



3314 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

damn, for real?
what makes it so good for you? im just curious

my fav was MoTm II

demigod!
April 18th 2013



43793 Comments


i still havent heard part 2 dam

kingsoby1
Emeritus
April 18th 2013



4938 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

the production is incredible. maybe i wasnt in the most sober mindset at the time. jammed hard in the car today though

Sleaper
April 18th 2013



3314 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

"maybe i wasnt in the most sober mindset at the time. jammed hard in the car"

DUI what up!

demigod!
April 18th 2013



43793 Comments


yeah cudi pretty much has to be listened to high in order for you to get into it lmao

kingsoby1
Emeritus
April 18th 2013



4938 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

oh no, i was sober in the car. i really got into it last night

Sleaper
April 18th 2013



3314 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

motm part 2 just had like the ultimate closer. the last three songs are just awesome.

ViralOblivion
April 18th 2013



7679 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I like pt I more than II

FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
April 18th 2013



9033 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I don't get high often enough to enjoy Cudi

ViralOblivion
April 18th 2013



7679 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Then smoke more weed haha

elephantREVOLUTION
April 18th 2013



2727 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

yeah i love the production on this. and i think his singing sounds a little better



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