Kids See Ghosts "Kids See Ghosts" Review
Kid Cudi rekindles the spark with Kanye West on Kids See Ghosts, putting rumors infighting to rest. We've known Yeezy to be a great reductionist, helping him ponder fundamental questions about music, but less so when he tackles his own experiential learning. So when he happened upon the remote landscape Wyoming, and called it his home temporarily, an expectation was rightly set. With the pressures ordinary life turned aside, he could finally produce an acutely introspective record sadly lacking in his catalog. A few those boxes checked out, but Ye sorely felt like lip service, and a man still yearning for an outward sign. Enter Kid Cudi, an equally speculative personality, into a partnership with his mentor, mutually benefiting both men.
Ultimately Kanye West, a controlling person, grabbed Cudi by the collar, pushing him to find his feet, the push he needed, though. Imagine two reformed buds finding respite care in each other’s company, the course which expires after they return from sedation. ‘Cause when Kanye interprets chaos, it can be easily mistaken for new adventurism, or in the case Kids See Ghost, a pattern yelling which resonates fully with his personality. Kanye’s utterances "fear induced" bravado take aim like a blinding shot. The playing field is unbending, the resources unlimited as on Kids See Ghosts, every bit producorial conquest for Yeezy, as it is a reclamation project for Kid Cudi.
Cudi and Kanye have two separate ways knowing/doing. The result is favorable yes, but as you’d expect, it hinges on a groupable model. Before he traded up for Tinsel Town, Kanye West relied upon an exigency boredom as a creative kick start. Kid Cudi, although less persuasive a personality, is completely comfortable in this chaotic minefield (mis)directed by Yeezy. All he's asking for in the first place is a shared commitment from an artist on his level consciousness. In turn, Cudi becomes a nagging source stimulation for Kanye, and in some way, a better purveyor folk wisdom. The simple aphorism dispensed by Cudi on Kids See Ghosts speak louder than any shouting match. Upon reflection, their shared sensibility is only commutable when they set aside figurative roles: Cudi the Sentimentalist, Kanye his High School Shop Teacher. So, don’t mistake Kids See Ghosts for new adventurism, at the risk misrepresenting the root cause their mutual needs. The music on Kids See Ghosts acts out a life-sustaining reflex both necessary and disparate from Ye.
"But you don't hear me though, drama: we let it go," Cudi posits on “4th Dimension” the song which samples Louis Prima to a slightly morose decibel. A generated feeling disorder and confusion provokes a full catharsis their physical pain, the weight which is incalculable. Conjointly, a song like “Feel The Love” demonstrates how Kid Cudi's grumblings express an “emotional grammar” more soluble in their primordial form, seldom running the risk superseded language. The phrase “I can still feel love” coos a reenactment desire from one long lost friend to his itinerant host, because when Cudi fell out favor with Kanye, the result was a scuttlebutt that ended in loss for both men. In many respects, the formation Kids See Ghosts as a group patches up lost ground, without shaking hands in front a camera. The hidden lines Gospel permeate every presentation Kid Cudi, Kids See Ghost is similarly responsive to prayer.
“If I call you brother then you brother” were words Lil Durk once uttered to describe a stunted relationship. If Durk can speak rather succinctly about grief, imagine the outcome when Cudi and Kanye West cover the same ground. “Feel the Love” therefore acts as the opening, or mission statement for an album with a purpose clearing the emotional cache as a whole. Pusha T navigates audible gunfire in a supporting role, his unblemished record in the field playing a symbolic role safeguarding his label mates from social vulnerability. Pusha T, like anyone with a self-described Machiavellian complex, experiences the highs in sublime fashion, whereas the lows ultimately sink below a clearly discernible line. As an amiable friend, King Push swallows the brunt misfires, judged to be a metaphorical description real life dissension for both Cudi and Kanye West in recent years. As the gunfire sails wide, the rattle “brrrat-tat-dadadadada” proves to be more hostile than is the case. Cudi then turns his cheek, ushering in a new era stability.
"I can still feel the love
I can still feel the love
I can still feel the love
In many respects, Kid Sees Ghost is the album Kanye should have presented instead Ye. The consortium ideas flooded the scene like a weather trafficker causing a mild interruption service. Ye did however score high for continuity as with most if not all works bearing his name or presence. The best way to describe this idea continuity is through the overstepped bounds conventional music. Within a time interval, as he does on "Freeee (Ghost Town Pt. 2)," Kanye West takes unpredictable turns in song progression to further his cause. Kanye and Cudi employ a metrical foot step at different intervals to contain the "rigid" borders each song. When “Reborn” takes f after the raucous energy "Freeee (Ghost Town Pt. 2)," credit goes to Kanye and Cudi for writing a musical refrain tying everything together in the space several measures.
There lies a solution to his “beautiful madness” where the foregone stress reaching a musical summit is altogether scrapped, seeing as "Reborn" is completely on its own divergent path. Cudi and Kanye both embody a spirit formlessness when they begin the songwriting process, unlike many artists who are more exacting and precise with lyric ideas and inspiration. The boys at Kids See Ghost understand how "feeling" is paramount. Conceptual framework is thereby secondary, but never an afterthought. The inception "feeling," from Kanye's perspective, is like an instrument that best communicates urgency. The itch with Ye revolves around a lack perspective-taking, indubitably a position strength for Kid Cudi, echoing lucidity when the going gets tough. Kanye West's production is ten a disfigured thing beauty, with Kid Cudi more than capable navigation in his reposeful state.
Kanye's plaudits come in the form audible details, to which there are many. Free constraints, the 7-song structure allows narrative flow. Less flashy than Cudi’s previous works, denied a "genesis," Kids See Ghosts sparks the conversation mental health through a series reflective patterns. At one interval, Cudi flashes an entire clipboard Kurt Cobain voice clippings ("Cudi Montage"). The intended purpose never more transparent. Every stylistic choice is proven advantageous, some more obvious than others. The crunchy drum pad on “4th Dimension” allows Kanye West to rinse repeat. This air invincibility which consumes him is sustained through juxtaposition, his body next to Cudi's evangelized spirit, one more subdued than the other. Yeezy unapologetically calls dispatch for fear deafening silence, temporally lost but aware his heartbeat and the “clicking” meniscus which charts his directional path. Kid Cudi is alternately more concerned with snapping out cold shock in his introductory verse on "Cudi Montage."
One aspect Kids See Ghosts and any album associated with Kanye by name, is the deepening sense that the rapper/producer has become a contrarian by default. On Kids See Ghosts, every single politicized reference hits the ear like a callous instrument. When he or Cudi lashes out in brash confidence, it’s because as artists they’ve learned through modes self-expression, to trust their base instincts. Kids See Ghosts begs you to consider the nature Kanye's moral ambivalence (towards World Peace) on "Cudi Montage." Even Kid Cudi fers a more nuanced position, like his regard for scar tissue on "Fire," his hair trigger the very physical embodiment a memory. In his case, his long term memory is a poor inhibitor control. So when you listen to Kids See Ghosts, do your mark-up after the final takeaways are rendered. Cudi and Kanye are paired up for a reason, but don't mistake their behavior as a mirrored effect born out necessity. Cudi's clear vision on Kids See Ghosts just begs reconciliation, and yes...he steals the show.