“Indicud,” Kid Cudi’s third studio album, is part “Man on the Moon: The End of the Day,” part “A Kid Named Cudi” and part “Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager,” but not necessarily as satisfying as any of these previous releases.
Last summer, the Cleveland-based rapper tweeted that his new album, “Indicud,” would be his version of Dr. Dre’s “The Chronic 2001” in the sense that he would be producing some of the songs and on others he would feature and/or play songwriter. The album was released on Apr. 16 and while it likely will not yield comparisons of “2001,” it delivers enough of the classic Cudi style to keep old fans listening and possibly even round up a few new fans.
The album starts off strong with the second track, “Un****wittable,” heavily laden with wavy synth sounds, dragging drum beats, Cudi’s signature style of sing-rapping and a tinge of an electric guitar thrown into the mix toward the end.
The next song, “Just What I Am,” features Cudi’s long-time partner-in-crime, King Chip (formerly Chip tha Ripper) and promises to be a favorite with Kid Cudi’s smoke-friendly fan base with its thundering chorus boasting, “I wanna get high y’all/ Need it to get by y’all/ Can you get me high y’all?”
A sample of psychedelic-indie-pop artist Father John Misty’s “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings” finds itself on “Young Lady,” a hypnotically catchy, electric guitar-ridden track paying homage to the beautiful ladies that Cudi “admires from afar.”
Other featured artists on the album include Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky, Too $hort and hip-hop veteran RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan. Michael Bolton even shows up on “Afterwards (Bring Yo Friends).”
“Beez,” whichfeatures RZA, doesn’t quite deliver as strong a punch as one may expect. The track instead comes off as a bit silly, with Cudi actually making buzzing sounds intended to resemble a bee at one point in the song.
“King Wizard” is driven by stomps, claps, simple synths, and a simple yet hard-hitting drum beat that will likely have people nodding their heads and with the help of some adult beverages, likely bouncing in the club.
Tracks such as “Immortal” and “Mad Solar” conjure up memories of his sophomore album, “Man on the Moon: The End of the Day,” with the mention of having the heart of a lion, (an obvious reference to his song, “Heart of a Lion”) and the return to Cudi’s infatuation with outer space.
On “Girls,” Too $hort comes off as more out of place than anything, completely ridding the track of any coolness that it once possessed.
It seems as though Kid Cudi is making a not-so-smooth attempt at crossing over into the realm of mainstream success. The album does, however, boast enough of the same sound that helped him to achieve the current level of success that he is enjoying to guarantee fans that he hasn’t abandoned his “solo-dolo” style. All in all, “Indicud” plays more like a compilation than it does a full-length album.