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August 21, 2017   |   Ithaca, NY

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Review: ‘Indicud’ features Cudi’s more optimistic sound

Cleveland’s psychedelic rapper is back with his new solo album “Indicud.” Kid Cudi hasn’t released an album since “Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager” in 2010, but he hasn’t lost his touch with this strong new album.

Cudi’s creative skills as an artist are tested in “Indicud,” for which he wrote and produced a majority of the songs. In this album, he steps out of the spotlight in some songs, such as “Beez,” which predominantly features Wu-Tang Clan member RZA.

In previous albums, like “Man on the Moon II,” the lyrics and themes reflected his battle with depression and addiction. But in “Indicud,” he seems to have emerged from that. While the instrumentals tend to be dark and heavy, Cudi speaks directly to the listeners and provides words of support.

He experiments with different sounds in “Indicud,” using more synthesizers and heavier beats, but he doesn’t stray too far from his “Man on the Moon” persona. Standout track “Just What I Am” gives off a carefree vibe that fits well for the partying scene, with repetitive lyrics that tell a most optimistic message. The track “Immortal” delivers a firm beat and bold sound with a rewind sample of the MGMT song “Congratulations.” Cudi experiments with the chaotic freestyle flow of “Solo Dolo, Part II,” which features Kendrick Lamar.

“Indicud” is a bold album that is different from past projects, but it still feels like it is a true representation of Cudi.

Four stars.