Cudderland – Anticipating Kid Cudi’s New Album
By Vincent Zaragozi
An enthusiast of life, Kid Cudi is one of the most interesting people in the 21st century. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1984, but didn’t begin rapping until the tail end of his high school years in 2003.
Influenced by alternative hip-hop groups such as The Pharcyde & A Tribe Called Quest, he eventually moved to New York City to pursue a music career. Cudi didn’t garner any major recognition, though, until 2008 when he released his first official mixtape “A Kid Named Cudi.”
The mixtape earned him a deal with Kanye West’s GOOD music label, and what has since occurred in the last seven years is simply awesome.
Since starting out as just a rapper, Cudi has grown as an artist. His list of occupations now includes: record producer, actor, film composer, & music video director. In 2015 alone, Cudi was featured in five movies – the biggest, by far, being Entourage (the film that provided closure for the hit HBO show).
Obviously superior news, last Friday Kid Cudi released his sixth studio album Speedin’ Bullet 2 Heaven, which is the reason I am writing this article. In celebration of this landmark day for Cudi, I wanted to write a review of Indicud, his third studio album.
Although considered a Hip-Hop album, I believe Cudi deserves his own genre of music with Indicud. The sounds produced, and sampled (by Cudi & Hit-Boy), used on this album are truly unique and unlike any Hip-Hop one could listen to.
Indicud was released in April of 2013, and debuted at #2 in the United States. The album featured some big names in today’s rap music like Kendrick Lamar & A$AP Rocky, while also bringing some newfound attention to smaller-name artists (in 2013) such as Haim & RZA.
There is no one song I can recommend for listening (if I had to choose one: “Brothers”) as the album is a masterpiece (of the 21st century, of course). The way this album was constructed is definitely special, and will be remembered as a classic of my generation.
If you’re not familiar with Cudi’s music, I highly recommend listening to Indicud before you make the jump to Speedin’ Bullet 2 Heaven.
As a fan of Kid Cudi, I can say that I appreciate his music and ability to to grow as an artist; And often does Cudi return the favor to his fans, showing appreciation of his own. Whether it be through replying to tweets, never denying pictures, or dropping random songs on his Soundcloud (“Cudderland”: you should definitely follow him), Cudi never disappoints, and I’m anxious to see what the future has in store for him.
Purchase Speedin’ Bullet 2 Heaven here: https://itun.es/us/G6iq_
Listen to Indicud here: http://youtu.be/XFeqSPIHoXk?list=PLZqsyBiYZFQ2hWuggBi-rlUdlG7SWJMzH
Kid Cudi’s Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/cudderland