1. The Resurrection Of Scott Mescudi
Okay, I think I was just tricked into listening to a track off of WZRD, which was easily Cudi’s worst work so far. Yeah, not loving this so far Mr. Mescudi.
Holy ballsack. Maybe my volume is up too high, but the synths need to be toned down. WAY down. Seriously Scott, perhaps you have never produced anything before or have never made a beat, but there is a pretty distinct line between over the top and crowded production and good, balanced, polish production. (Please see exhibit A: All of Kanye West’s production discography)
3. Just What I Am
I mean, I guess this is an okay track. Probably the most “listenable” one so far (ie. I don’t want to shoot my ears). Also, another thing worth noting is that this is the first track in which I can actually hear individual words from the Cudder rather than just mumbles that are suffocated by that god awful production.
4. Young Lady
The small inflections in Cudi’s voice is just so awful when dealing with an instrumental with such large sweeping chords. Not only does it make Cudi sound out of tune, it adds an extra layer of I never want to listen to this ever again. Hooks and samples are interesting though, the girl singing during the hook is probably the best production decision so far.
5. King Wizard
Eh, there’s Cudi going around throwing around the word “Wizard” again. Sigh, I really wish he would just disassociate himself from that era of his life; there’s nothing wrong with using guitars in hip hop production but there is a problem when it’s not done well. Anyways, the production on this track is okay. Nothing really remarkable like Made Her Say but not as awful as the first three tracks. The rapping version of Cudi is also much better than the groaning/singing Cudder.
So Cudi decided to reverse a snippet of an MGMT song? Alright, I guess that’s not the worst he could have done (see first two tracks). But seriously Cudi, stop this singing nonsense for your solo ventures. It’s okay if you’re a featured artist or if you have like fifteen seconds on a song, but your groans are seriously getting really annoying.
7. Solo Dolo Part II
Kendrick couldn’t save this one. Just listen to Solo Dolo (Part I) instead.
It’s…mediocre. Absolutely not record of the year, but not deserving of the Rebecca Black Record of the Year award either. Clearly, this is just one of those throw away songs as evidenced by the hook: “I see pretty girls every where I go, every every where I go…”.
9. New York City Rage Fest
Interesting… instrumental. I’m not hating it or anything, but what’s the purpose? Unlike MotM II, there is no coherent storyline or structure for the listener to follow. DId Cudi just want to play on his drum pads and ended up accidentally recording a track? Dunno, but at least there’s no Cudi singing.
10. Red Eye
Hit-Boy is listed as having production credits on this one but honestly, there is nothing “Hit-Boy” about this track. Maybe Hit-Boy just gave Cudi some sort of approval and Cudder took that as him wanting to be added to the production credits? Also, are you allowed to be billed as the main artist when the hook takes up 99% of the song?
11. Mad Solar
This track is probably the most similar to anything that Cudi has released previously in MotM and MotM II. Yet, there’s something missing.
RZA kills it, production is okay, Cudi doesn’t kill it.
Oh god, I really don’t want to listen to another track off of this album. I’m gonna skip to Cold Blooded.
14. Burn Baby Burn
15. Lord of the Sad and Lonely
16. Cold Blooded
YES THIS IS A SONG I WOULD ACTUALLY LISTEN TO MORE THAN ONCE.
SERIOUSLY GUYS, THIS IS A GOOD SONG. WOULD LISTEN AGAIN. 10/10.
CUDI WHY DON’T YOU ACTUALLY RAP MORE?
This song is 9 minutes long. I don’t think I can handle this right now.
18. The Flight of the Moon Man
As you can see from my gradual decrease in words per song, I’m not really liking this album. This song did nothing to change my mind otherwise.
INDICUD First Impressions Score: D.