Wednesday November 23rd, 2011 12:58

Free Track: WZRD

WZRD

Rapper/ some-time actor Kid Cudi has gone and named January 30 as the release date for the debut album from his new musical venture, WZRD. If you’re wondering who or what WZRD actually is/ are, it’s Cudi and producer Dot Da Genius’ progressive rock collaboration, previously known as 2 B Continuum. So far we’ve had a first taste of Cud’s new sound via introspective demo ‘Angels And Demons’, which may or may not feature on the duo’s as-yet untitled first record. Now comes a new track, fresh off the mixing desk, offering a fresh insight into the WZRD’s cosmic rock realm.

Tweets Cudder of the track in question, a woozy meld of psychedelic guitars, stomping beats and his own unique take on a slurred rock vocal, titled ‘Brake’: “Tonight, you will all witness the new chapter, the new journey. Music will never be the same…”. He also had a message for fans: “Thank You to everyone showing love man, you have no idea how much it means us. On cloud niner at the moment! I LOVE YOU ALL!”, and this one for haters: “To the people that dont like it, I do, and I feel good about it. Thats all that matters”.

You can stream ‘Brake’ below, and download it for free at this link, as supplied by Cudi himself.

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WZRD (KiD CuDi & Dot Da Genius) – Brake by Hypetrak

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Wednesday October 19th, 2011 12:58

Preview: Wale feat Kid Cudi

Wale

It’s another day, and another rap reconciliation; this time between Wale and Kid Cudi, who have quit their former feuding to join forces on a new track. The duo first became friends in 2008, but their partnership cooled when Cudi made a few less-than-complimentary remarks about Wale in an interview. But things are looking up for both rappers since the time of their fallout, with Wale freshly signed to Rick Ross’ Maybach Music Group, and Cudi working on his musical projects and a role in successful sitcom ‘How To Make It In America’.

Now they’re on speaking terms once more, the duo are channeling their dual energies into attaining dreams abnd overcoming obstacles in their new collaborative single, ‘Focused’. Taken from Wale’s upcoming solo album, ‘Ambition’, which is due out November 1, the track relies on inspirational synths and propulsive beats to push its positive message to the main. Stream ‘Focused’ here via Complex, and then maybe read up on Wale’s account of how he and Cudi created it.

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Tuesday August 16th, 2011 13:00

New Videos: Wiz Khalifa and Kid Cudi

Wiz Khalifa

A deluxe double feature within a feature now, as we bring you; not one, but twofresh rap videos, one each from Wiz Khalifa and Kid Cudi, linked together by the nocturnal theme that they so neatly share. Intrigued? Read on…

In his just-premiered ‘No Sleep’ promo, affable ‘Roll Up’ slouch Wiz is in typical herb-craving mode, bigging up weekend benefits and all-night party perks as he delivers a celebratory chorus full of the joys of living life as a willing insomniac. Taken from his current LP ‘Rolling Papers’, check out Wiz getting ‘No Sleep’ below.

Another MC suffering from sleeplessness is experimental rock-dabbler Kid Cudi, who, in the visual for his new song ‘No One Believes Me’, takes a more sinister interpretation of the up-all-night theme played out in Wiz’s vid.

Taken from the soundtrack of upcoming horror flick remake ‘Fright Night’, the video sees Cudders team up with the movie’s director Craig Gillespie for some fang-tastic suburban fun. ‘Twilight’ vamps, eat your hearts out, this is some scary stuff. If you can stand to see a little blood and gore, check out ‘No One Believes Me’ below.

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Monday July 11th, 2011 15:58

New Track: Consequence feat Kid Cudi

Consequence

Kanye West took a backseat production role on former GOOD Music affiliate Consequence’s anthem to independence ‘On My Own’, letting the one-time A Tribe Called Quest rapper take his moment to shine on the just-surfaced track, which will feature on Consequence’s upcoming mixtape ‘MOD 3′.

Considering it was recorded over a year ago, some time before Consequence’s well-publicized split from the GOOD family he originally co-founded with Kanye, the tone of ‘On My Own’ is oddly prescient. “I can do it on my own/ I don’t have to listen to your lies/ I been moving on my own for some time now/ So I gotta say goodbye”, sings fellow autonomous mover Kid Cudi on the chorus, reflecting the same independent sentiment as in Consequence’s defiant verse lyrics, not to mention this recent tweet: “In a world where we all seek validation from OTHERS, Me & Cudi make the anthem for those who dare to say I can do it”.

Stream ‘On My Own’ below, or don’t. It’s entirely up to you.

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On My Own (Full Version) by Consequence

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Tuesday July 5th, 2011 17:58

New Track: The Knux feat Kid Cudi

The Knux

With the The Knux’s second LP ‘Eraser’ due for release some time in the near future (late September, actually), the fraternal duo have unleashed a timely primer in new single ‘Run’, the successor to irresistible rap-rock treat ‘She’s So Up’.

Upping the track’s appeal to core hip-hop fans and discerning rock devotees alike, brothers Krispy and Joey mix in driving guitar riffs with retro R&B elements and sharp rhymes, joining genre-bending forces on ‘Run’ with Mr Solo Dolo himself, Kid Cudi.

“We met him at a club and he hugged me for a really long time”, says elder brother Krispy on the ever-experimental Mr Cudi. “He’s really deep and serious about music and one of the modern guys who won’t compromise. We like urban hood dudes who don’t get boxed in by stereotypes”.

Weigh up Cudders’ contribution to ‘Run’ by streaming the song here on Complex.

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Friday June 24th, 2011 13:29

Demo Track: Kid Cudi

Kid Cudi

For those of you out there not really ‘feeling’ Kid Cudi’s new foray into alt-rock with side project Wizard/ 2 Be Continuum/ Whateverit’scalled, here’s some vintage Cudder in the form of ‘Angels And Demons’, a leftover from 2009 recording sessions for the hip-hop innovator’s debut album ‘Man On The Moon: The End Of The Day’.

Like many of his most successful tracks, the song comes drawn from the darker realms of the ever-so-complex Scott Mescudi psyche. “I’m so unstable/ I’m so unstable”, he drawls over spacey, minor-key synths, “This is the world that I’m living in/ Filled with angels and demons”. Stream the track below.

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Wednesday June 1st, 2011 14:15

First Listen: Kid Cudi

Kid Cudi

Alt-rapper Kid Cudi practically does his own PR, having taken to his Twitter account and ‘Cud Life’ tumblr blog to do some self-hyping around the grand debut of his new collaboration with producer Dot Da Genius. The first sign of progress to emerge from the rock-influenced side project, which Cudders has christened Wizard, is a track called ‘Perfect Is The Word’.

Gone are the quick-witted rhymes and hip hop beats that characterize Scott Mescudi aka Kid Cudi’s solo work, replaced instead by a repetetive guitar riff set ominously in the minor key, reverb-soaked vocals and a halting, military band-style drum patter.

Hmm. We really don’t know what to make of this one. Perhaps we just need time to adjust to Cud’s visionary new musical ethos, as summarized in one of his recent tweets: “I’m moving forward, all w/ me LETS GO! Life is about evolving, which is why I’m successful”. If you say so, Scotty. We’re right there with you.

Stream ‘Perfect Is The Word’ below.

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KiD CuDi & Dot Da Genius – Perfect Is The Word by Hypetrak

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Thursday May 12th, 2011 05:02

New Remix: Florence + The Machine vs Kid Cudi

Florence + The Machine

By lifting the dreamy vocal from Florence + The Machine’s ‘Cosmic Love’ and incorporating it into Dan Black’s Kid Cudi feature ‘Symphonies’, mix expert R3k has successfully combined two quite disparate musical forces  for the greater good of all music lovers.

The result is a feather-light remix called ‘Falling Star’, and it’s causing a stir on streaming sites like The Hype Machine at the moment. Head over to THM to get in on this while it’s still hot.

Having apparently founded his own label called Wicked Awesome Records, a newly smoke-free Kid Cudi has also announced details of some new material with his new band 2 Be Continuum, formerly called Wizard, informing crowds at a recent live show that a new single from the rock-influenced side project would be surfacing some time this summer. So that’s all the crazy news from Cudi’s end…for now.

As for what Florence is doing as an artist in her own right, you can have a behind-the-scenes in-studio peep at her and bandmate Isa Machine tentatively working on the followup to their debut album ‘Lungs’ below.

You can bid to meet Florence + her magnificent Machine here: www.playforlife.fm/auction-florence/

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