Times are good for Kid Cudi*. Musically, Indicud proved that he’s still as capable as ever at moving units (an impressive act considering the album never had a single take over the radio charts) and he’s headlining a tour that also features Big Sean and Tyler, The Creator. On a screen side, his acting seem to be landing him in some major studio movies. With everything going so well, why not formally announce the next link in his musical chain, at a show in Dallas?
Such was the backdrop to his announcing an EP leading up to the third entry in the Man On The Moon trilogy. To a packed house, Cudi shared several facts about the project (more details can be found here but we’ll give the Cliff’s Notes:
— It will drop 24 hours after it is announced. Translation, Cudder wants to (and probably will succeed at) taking over your Twitter feed for a day or two.
— Expect that announcement in the next three months.
— Thematically, it serves as a prelude to MOTM III. The transition will be “seamless,” per the Cudster.
Translation: we’re going to be getting a free collection of throwaways from the rapper’s next project. If you’re the type that would like to listen to what didn’t make a Kid Cudi album, please, form an orderly queue.
In all seriousness, a Cudi EP** has to be worth at least a couple of courtesy listens. It might have been a while since Kid Cudi dropped a quality project that we can all agree on (and even then, looking in-depth at what our crack team of reviewers was saying, there was little in agreement other than “it’s solid”), but he’s one of the only names in the industry willing to pursue a new sound at the drop of a hat. His projects have, more often than not, lacked in quality.
Whereas artist like Meek Mill, French Montana and Rick Ross are more than happy with staying in the lanes that pay them, Cudi is so sonically A.D.D. that he’s always willing to deviate. A lot of time, we’re just left shrugging it off, but sometimes he’ll drop something so freaking good that we have to take his plight seriously. Or at least hope that, given the amount that he seems willing to throw at the wall, something eventually sticks.
So, who knows. I’d bet that he drops at least one more quality project before he retreats into the Hollywood sunset forever.*** We’ll just have to keep our ears peeled for that day.
* — Aside from the whole fan dust-up in Houston.
** — Still not sure why he couldn’t just call it a mixtape.
*** — Maybe one day, he’ll be playing bigger rolls than “YEAH IT’S ME KID CUDI IN A MOVIE, YOU’RE PROBABLY FAMILIAR WITH DOZENS OF MY SONGS, DON’T YOU LOVE IT WHEN FRIENDLY WEED RAPPERS PLAY FRIENDLY WEED DEALERS.”