The First Reactions To Kanye West & Kid Cudi’s ‘Kids See Ghosts’ Album Are In
The people have spoken in favor of Kanye West and Kid Cudi’s collaborative effort Kids See Ghosts, but we also want to know what you think.
“This is already better than Wyoming,” on Twitizen shared while the highly anticipated Kids See Ghosts stream was going on at WAV. Kanye West has been right up in our faces the past few months, detailing every minutiae that flows through that brain of his. It has reaped some rewards (such as Pusha T’s DAYTONA album) and some extremely large fails (see: Kanye’s “Slavery is a choice” comment on TMZ). All in all, people have seemingly excused his damaging behavior to celebrate the release of his eighth studio album, ye, and attend—either in person or online—the party for his collaborative album with Kid Cudi, titled Kids See Ghosts.
Unlike the event that took place last week in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the Los Angeles celebration for Kids See Ghosts experienced a host of delays. Originally slated to begin streaming at 8:00 p.m. PST, repeated visits to the WAV app found us delayed at 10- and 30-minute increments. There was one moment through it all where the already-wonky app had crashed altogether. Despite all the hype made by the creators and their fans, upon actually being in the mix with all the problems and hoopla—no one offered any explanation for the delay. At long last, at 10:45 p.m. PST (way past most people on the East’s bedtime), the album finally began and we were witnessing Kids See Ghosts finally!
Industry colleagues, friends, and fans gathered around an enormous bonfire outside a nondescript building as the album roared over the speakers. West and Cudi enjoyed the experience like two old friends reconnecting. It was a moment for those two as the playthrough of the album found them both addressing the mental health issues they’ve experienced. It was also a moment for fans of the duo who have come to know them as partners, friends, and the creators behind some of the most memorable songs from the G.O.O.D. Music catalog (“All of the Lights,” “Welcome to Heartbreak”). Even with all of the delays, issues with the WAV app, and the late start time, many fans agreed that Kids See Ghosts was worth the wait.
Dipped in bass-heavy vocals, Kids See Ghosts is easily a psychedelic experience that counters West’s penchant for pop-friendly anthems, chopped-up soul samples, and braggadocious flows. Cudi and West as a pair prove what many expressed when the former left G.O.O.D. Music to rehab his mental health and create his own musical legacy—these two win best when they’re together. Cudi’s hums are iconic and show why he and his off-kilter vocal melodies belong perfectly with West’s otherworldly soundscapes. West, who has been criticized about his empty lyrics, continues this trend on Kids See Ghosts. There are moments where the old Ye returns with some live-wire lines, but for the most part he sticks to production, which so far has been the best move for him.
Whereas DAYTONA allowed Kanye to play conductor to Pusha’s street-wise orchestrator, and ye seemed half-baked at most intervals — Kids See Ghosts is a proper effort, including a full-length sequel to “Ghost Town,” the West-Cudi collab that became a fan favorite on ye, and sounds like a deliberate, multi-layered effort. Both parties come out with MVP performances, respectively, and not a minute of the seven song, 25-minute project feels wasted.
While this is a premature look at the stream, fans and critics alike have shared their thoughts on West and Cudi’s musical endeavor, Kids See Ghosts. You can read the initial thoughts from the Twitter gallery below.
— MescudiFam (@OnlyMescudiFam) June 8, 2018
Push having the first bars on a Kanye x Cudi album giving serious GOOD Fridays vibes
— Frazier Tharpe (@The_SummerMan) June 8, 2018
— Modern Notoriety (@ModernNotoriety) June 8, 2018
The title track was ethereal, spiritual. Cudi laced it with dark chants, then spit. New Kanye came with his part. I’m sure other stuff was added. The mood was ghostly. https://t.co/LgYkD7vkWy
— 🌹 Ferrari Sheppard (@stopbeingfamous) June 8, 2018
Off one listen, Ye either rushed his own album or spent all his attention perfecting #KidsSeeGhosts. His raps are more focused and nuanced. He’s not spitting lines for clickbait. Substance, but still moments of emptiness.
— Eric Diep (@E_Diep) June 8, 2018
This Kanye Kid Cudi Album got me like: pic.twitter.com/MJiIN9SoI7
— Mark G. (@gomie_homie) June 8, 2018
So here 1. Production is GODLY like easily best sounding album in god knows how long
2. I FEEL the best parts of YEEZUS X WZRD X SB2H X INDICUD all mashed into this master piece
3. Kanye sounds way better on this album
4. God fucking damnit i need more than just a 20 minute album
— The Commander 🔊 (@DebranCudi_5) June 8, 2018
After 2nd listen:
-some of the craziest beats #ye has made
-yeezus meets man on the moon
-ye wasn’t lying when he said there would be “bangers”
-“keep moving forward” cudi hook is now engrained in my soul
-that last @kanyewest verse GODDAMN #KidsSeeGhosts #KanyeWest pic.twitter.com/UChfrvrGkt
— Harrison Giza (@HarveyPizza) June 8, 2018
got to go to bed but final thoughts:
1.) this is one of my favorite albums already.
2.) cudi and kanye work extremely well together.
3.) this album sounded remarkably similar to sb2h.
4.) cudi and kanye shared the mic well.
5.) CUDI’S HUMS ARE IMMACULATE
— alex (@Mongrel) June 8, 2018
“kids see ghosts” is a masterpiece – cudi and kanye really do bring out the best of each other
— 🌊 (@mattwhitlockPM) June 8, 2018
KANYE AND CUDI JUST CREATED A WHOLE NEW FUCKING MUSIC LANE.
Let that shit sink in.
— Killa B 🖤 (@BelindaRaw) June 8, 2018
We will update this post with the album stream once it becomes available.