This project is an intriguing listen as the two artists are both highly creative and have clear styles that blend well on this. However while this is a revitalizing project for Kid Cudi, Kanye West does not seem at his best.
The production is truly amazing, with each beat capturing the atmosphere of the tracks superbly. With each instrument being masterfully used to create the feeling needed deep inside the listener, there is no doubt that the beatsmiths put their best work into these offerings. It is a shame that they feel squandered with the vocals that are layed over the top.
The lyricism is strange, with a lot of clever wordplay used, but also some basic shouting and some just noise making. While both the main artists have some top verses given, for a short project they don’t fill out the songs and are happy to let the instrumentals run their course. Now while the beats are fantastic, it should also be important for the vocals to stand up and take some control as well as not be tampered with, which unfortunately they are.
The features are a mix of phenomenal and confusing. Some put in great work and create moments of greatness, while others seem to be barely contributing and leave a lot to be desired. Maybe some guests with a bit more punch could create some more memorable moments.
Overall, this project seems hit and miss, with more hits from half of the duo then the other. Let it be said that it can not be a great project when the best part of the whole thing is how Kid Cudi hums.
This is a release that is the definition of just okay. There are some good things about it but it has too many pitfalls to shine out.
The production is interesting as there is a lot of experimentation in the beats. However it doesn’t break any ground and a lot of them are overbearing in comparison the the rhymes. There are too many backings here that are too far from what people are aiming to hear that there are a lot of missable tracks.
The lyricism is good but there is not enough smart wordplay for it to bring this project out of the mud. What Rocky says entertaining, but his performance gets lost as his delivery is overpowered by the production. This needed stronger delivery to have pretty much any impact on the listener.
The features all do a good job of putting across their skills and are the highlights of these songs. All of their contributions are the highlights of the tracks they are on as well as the best thing about this album. Hopefully Rocky can take lessons from them and improve his own efforts.
Overall, this is a failure for Rocky, but he should still be commended for his efforts. It is important that efforts go into experimentation for progress to happen and there are bound to be mistakes along the way, but without mistakes there would be no lessons learned.
You need to be on something to enjoy this album but that is most likely the point. If your completely sober, this is just noice with Cudi barely scraping the surface of what we call music, let alone making a lasting project.
The production is good with some unusual sounds and patterns being used to make some energetic backings that could be used by any number of rappers to great effect. With the use of what sounds like more real instruments rather than computer generated ones, the album actually has a good foundation to build off of. It is just a shame that the rhymes dont reflect that.
The lyricism on this is poor. The rhymes do have varied delivery and flow but without really fitting with the backing and lacking creativity. Some more focus on what he is saying rather than making sure it is different to everyone else could help Kid Cudi really excell as an artist.
Overall, this album has many pitfalls which tend to be in what is being said more than anything else. There is some lyrical repetition but the beats help to give this some positives with thier diversity and bounce.