By Ryan Asselin
On Indicud, released on April 16, Kid Cudi takes complete control over his music, bringing listeners on a trip of misery and self-loathing with which they can identify.
The cinematic quality of Indicud shows through the heavy drums, simple synth lines and melodic vocals produced by Kid Cudi with some help from Hit Boy on “Red Eye.” The album is by no means flawlessly produced, but I believe that the album as a whole was well executed.
The instrumentals are placed at the appropriate times throughout the album, and the introduction marks the quiet rebirth of Kid Cudi onto the popular music scene once again.
While listening to Indicud, one can see the real influence that depression has had on Kid Cudi and his music; “diagnosed my damn self, these damn pills ain’t working fam,” referring to the antidepressants he had to stop taking because of their problematic side effects.
The influence of Kid Cudi’s depression is best demonstrated through the recurring theme of immortality on his latest album. Although he admits that his short sobriety stint is finished and that he is now back to partaking in the use of the very drugs that he once tried to quit, Kid Cudi has accepted his demons and is working towards getting better. Kid Cudi has gone through a lot, but he is in a better place, feeling invincible.
Kid Cudi samples Macaulay Culkin in The Good Son in the album’s opening track: “Once you realize you can do anything you’re free … you can fly.” This film stars Culkin as a violent and psychopathic child who seems normal to everyone else but his cousin, who alone can see his illness.
Kid Cudi has by no means overcome his personal demons, but the rapper and producer has at least come to terms with them. The demons will no longer run Kid Cudi’s daily life; he is immortal. Kid Cudi has resurrected himself in the music scene.