At one point in 2009, I was looking forward to Kid Cudi's debut album. Kanye promised it was a "masterpiece" and a "classic in the making" — immediately, thoughts of his own College Dropout came to mind. This high was where the bar now stood for Kid Cudi. Upon listening to A Kid Named Cudi, a person with half a brain would come to the conclusion that Kid Cudi would be able to meet the challenge of producing an album of College Dropout caliber.
It goes without saying (though I have said it again and again) that post-A Kid Named Cudi material has been less than filling. Material from the various mixtapes released by DatNewCudi has left a sour taste in my mouth, more often than not. I don't know if it's the sullen, depressing, and boring turn Cudi has taken with his new music or if its the uninspired production he's rapping over that has left me so uninterested and disillusioned. Unfortunately, this newest cut, "Mr. Solo Dolo" falls right into place in the worst kind of way. Sour taste in mouth ensues. Listen to it now:
I won't say that it has all been bad. I will give credit where it is due. It may have taken a handful (or a dozen) of listens, but the Transformer 2 trailer-scoring "Sky Might Fall" is not that bad, it's actually very good, albeit sounding very 808s and Heartbreak. Thank you Mr. West. But it wasn't until "Make Her Say" (the song formerly known as "Poke Her Face") that I was truly happy with Kid Cudi post-A Kid Named Cudi.
So far, 50% of Kid Cudi's debut album has leaked. This being: "Day N Nite," "Make Her Say," "Sky Might Fall," and now "Mr. Solo Dolo." So, technically, I like 75% of the album so far... there just might be hope yet. Expect Cudi's debut album, Man on the Moon: The End of Day in stores on August 25th.