We’re in full blown Yeezy season now and we just got the third promised project of this impressive run – the Kanye West & Kid Cudi joint album, Kids See Ghosts (which is also the name of their makeshift group). Not surprisingly, it’s the most experimental of the 3 projects we’ve gotten so far as Ye tries to combine the otherworldy, alternative sound Cudi is known for and the clean, sampled sounds he’s known for. The result is an eclectic, knocking collection of sounds that impressively subverts any expectations one might have going into it. It feels much more expansive than what he produced for himself on ye but simultaneously more meticulously plotted out. For whatever riffs these two may have had in the past, they seem all but forgot because the chemistry is as good as it’s ever been as they balance Cudi’s more melodic vocalizations and Kanye’s more aggressive raps (he still doesn’t address much btw). It’s almost impossible to categorize the sound they’ve crafted but it’s wholly their own and it’s got some very strong vibes. Not quite on Daytona levels, but definitely better than Kanye’s own offering out of the bunch.
It's not a bad album - the production is good, although not as good as Daytona, and more of an extension of TLOP - but ye was a major letdown for anyone looking for something more behind the self-centered, PR shtick we've gotten for the past month.
The soundscapes are as gorgeous as anything Kanye's put out in the last 3 years - lush, grim, and just sparse enough to let Pusha T run wild; and run wild he does. It's high-art coke rap and it's about as cinematic as you can get with music.
"Testing" is probably A$AP Rocky's most experimental album yet (also his first without direction from Yams), with it's sprawling soundscape that undulates from concept to another, all while not losing his signature charisma and style. However, it doesn't do much to change many people's image of him, as style over substance.
I was, off the chain, I was often drained
I was off the meds, I was called insane
What a awesome thing, engulfed in shame
I want all the rain, I want all the pain
I want all the smoke, I want all the blame
Have you heard Kids See Ghosts? What’d you think of it? Where do you rank it among everything that’s come out of Yeezy season thus far? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to leave your own ratings and reactions for the album.
Kanye West & Kid Cudi – Kids See Ghosts Reaction
'Kids See Ghosts' is almost impossible to categorize the sound they've crafted but it's wholly their own it's got some very strong vibes. Not quite on Daytona levels, but definitely better than Kanye's own offering out of the bunch.