On Wax: The return of Cudi, Kids see ghosts, & More
KIDS SEE GHOSTS VS YE
Kanye is surprisingly keeping up with his release schedule, as Friday saw Kids See Ghosts. The self-titled release from the group Kids See Ghosts consists of Kanye West and Kid Cudi. While Daytona is a masterpiece and Ye is a sloppy half-assed mess, Kids See Ghost is somewhere in between. Although the project feels complete, the first half of the album feels extremely short with most songs having short run times. These tracks feel more like good ideas, rather than great songs. For example: “Fire” has a great feel and ends with an exceptional sample, however, the sample could have easily been built on to make a longer track, and a better one.
Kid Cudi equally surprised me and lived up to the what I expected from him. Depending on which artist you’re a fan of more, “Reborn” is either your favorite or least favorite track, and for me it’s the latter. Cudi leads most of the five-minute track with repetitive lyrics and an almost repetitive beat; save for the last 40 seconds or so. Personally, I have to skip the track, as it bores me to death. However, the final track, “Cudi Montage,” is a product of Dot Da Genius, Mike Dean, and Cudi with an amazing Kurt Cobain sample. Cudi comes through with a great verse and hook with assistance from Mr. Hudson. The album’s best track, however, comes from the title track. The vibe of Kids See Ghosts really comes alive here. Yasiin Bey comes through with a surreal hook, alongside a hypnotic beat that can easily be pictured as a secular dance of the undead. Both Kanye and Cudi stand out on this track as well.
Overall, there are some great ideas sonically on Kids See Ghosts. The project actually sounds finished and polished, and has a vibe that keeps me coming back; minus “Reborn,” which I feel is the Achilles’ heel of the project.
WAYNE AND THE CARTER V ARE FREE!!
Finally, after four long years of back and forth, Lil Wayne has been granted his freedom from Cash Money Records. Originally suing for 51 million, wanting the release of his contract, he sued Universal music for 40 million due to royalties belonging to Young Money artists, like Nicki Minaj and Drake. No matter the amount because not only is Wayne free, but so is The Carter V, an album most Lil Wayne fans have been fiending to hear. While amongst many questions surrounding its possible release date, the question almost becomes should it release? Also, if there has been changes made to it…
Wayne literally can go anywhere right now, even Roc Nation if the deal is on the table, as he’s teased in the past.
THE TACOBELLA’S RISE
On June 7th, the Tacobella, a.k.a Rico Nasty, signed to Atlantic Records. With her sixth mixtape, Nasty, on its way, it would seem there is little to stop her ongoing success. This is also a good representation of the slow rise of the female emcee returning. Currently, there aren’t too many female rappers that have mainstream success.
With a hit possibly on its way, Rico could be changing those numbers.
2017s lone woman, Freshman Kamaiyah, released a new track titled “Addicted to Ballin’.” The track features ScHoolboy Q and production from DJ Mustard, and it works well with Kamaiyah’s smooth flow and Mustard’s simplistic west coast production. Q comes through with a verse to hold us down as we eagerly await his new project.
The track is sure to do well in West Coast clubs.
Rap label 88rising dropped a great posse cut over the weekend titled “Midsummer Madness.” The label, famous for putting shine on Asian hip-hop artists, put together all their artists for a great feel-good summer hit. Most notably, Joji and Rich Brian take the lead on the track. However, up and comers, August 08 and Higher Brother’s rapper DZ, also come through and shine on the song; rather unexpectedly.
88Rrising is definitely doing as their name says… rising.
Until next time, it’s On Wax.
-Dyllan E. & Hira