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Album Review

Even if Run-D.M.C. designed the perfect blueprint some 25 years earlier, music labeled "rock-rap" had produced so many awful moments that when Kid Cudi's rock project WZRD arrived in 2012, open ears were hard to find. Pre-judged as some kind of emo-Nickelback cash-in or cred-builder with "Day 'n' Nite" producer Dot da Genius along for the ride, WZRD, the album, is sort of emo, sort of dream pop, and surely an indulgent effort that surprises with its chemistry and willingness to follow the music. That last bit is a surprise due to the Kid's usual desire to put it all on the table, but here, his soul-searching is tempered with jumpy college rock beats and long, guitar-filled outros that touch the freedom of stoner rock where notes are allowed all the sustain they require. John Carpenter soundtracks and some bedroom strain of Krautrock collide on the bombastic "The Arrival," and "Teleport 2 Me" is a beautiful way to drift with synths expanding and disappearing like those billows of Indo smoke Cudi used to love. "I am feeling the rush/Taking hits up off experience" he reveals on the sober highlight "High on Life," a reassuring moment for skeptics as this supposed ego-driven supernova rejoices with "There's so much I haven't seen," transitioning his isolationist Lonely Stoner persona into something more humble, more open. This is much more developed than the way "Efflictim" arrives at "I'm just saying that life is too short" by way of teen angst ("How would you feel if you heard the news/That I was dead/What would you do if you found out from your friends/I was dead"), and the so-faux roadhouse blues of "Where Did You Sleep Last Night?" is B-side worthy but slows this album to a crawl. Cudi fans can hook their Tech N9ne friends with the cartoonish therapy session called "Dr. Pill," but these misfires are grouped together, and when hacked off, reveal an inspired EP by a bona fide, give-and-take, rock-rap group.

Customer Reviews


WZRD is a amazing alternative rock experiment for Scott Mescudi. Known for his rap/melody songs, this outing delves deep into the sounds of 90s alternative bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam. Kid Cudi excells in rock, unlike Waynes failed Rebirth album in 2010. And the best is yet to come. The GOOD Music Album, WZRD EP, and MAN ON THE MOON III. Make sure to get your daily Dose of Dopeness. THIS IS WIZARDY AT ITS FINEST!

Album of the Year

Would like to see another hip hop artist pull this off. Cudi learned guitar only a year ago. Can't imagine how good his 2nd rock album if his 1st one is this good. Rebirth =joke. WZRD=gold .


This album is incredible


Formed: 2010 in New York, NY [Brooklyn]

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '10s

The short description of WZRD is that it is rapper Kid Cudi's rock project with producer Dot da Genius as co-conspirator, but the relationship and idea go farther back than one might think. The two had talked about a rock-influenced group way back when Genius was working on Cudi's demos and his 2008 mixtape A Kid Name Cudi. The duo would also be the team behind the rapper's hit "Day 'n' Nite," which would be the launching pad for the Kid's successful solo career. WZRD became a reality in 2010 when...
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