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 album is an easy listening project that has a more refined feel. Both Paul White and Eric Biddines do thier jobs well and clearly have great chemistry together.
The production is smooth and silky to listen to without any raw, untempered moments. All the beats flow easily together and don’t make the songs difficult to listen to by jarring at all. Some higher tempo backings could show that the duo can work at more of a variety of speeds, but they do a great job at this tempo.
The lyricism is good and adds a lot to the imagery used in the project. The different techniques used really make the descriptive power very effectiveat bringing the listener into the songs. Possibly diversifying the flows used could make it a bit more enticing, however Eric Biddines uses his vocals effectively to make entertaining tracks.
The choice to only having one feature is good to showcase the duo’s skills together without outside interferance. The guest does do very well and fits well with thier style. Some more features could have resulted in some more interesting tracks, but this choice did work in thier favour this time.
Overall, this is an enjoyable project that is easy to swallow and has replay value. As a debut, this project does well with plenty of room for Golden Rules to grow.