I just finished my second to last semester of college, and it was a really frustrating semester. Let me preface this by saying that I am not going into the same industry as my major post-graduation, which right off the bat is frustrating. As you would expect, senior bioengineering courses are massively time consuming and detail-oriented. I could not even pretend to give a little bit of a shit about cell biology. My schoolwork suffered, and I could not do the things I wanted to with music. It was suffocating. I think I grew a beard just to feel control over part of my life (even the beard is kind of out of control).
When I came across the phrase “Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out,” popularized in the ’60s by psychologist Timothy Leary, I could relate to the sentiment. In college, it is so easy to get wired in and lose sight of what is important. Per usual, music dragged me out of this rut, and I got really inspired by Kevin Abstract and Tyler Mitchell‘s “Echo” music video and The Internet‘s recent album Ego Death (in fact, the mix includes two tracks by their guitarist Steve Lacy).
This mixtape is a direct result of the light extracted from those projects during a dark time in the life of Arjun Grover.
I remember nights in November, last year I was stressin’ out, yeah / I remember nights in December still stressin’ ’bout Novemeber, oh yeah
NOTE: The SoundCloud mix is missing track 4 (“Meredith” by Dorian Concept) and track 17 (“Melting” by Kid Cudi).
With Lollapalooza about to hit Chicago like a fiery, musical comet this weekend, hundreds of thousands of concertgoers will flood Grant Park to witness the likes of Paul McCartney, Metallica, Florence + The Machine, Sam Smith, and The Weeknd among others, rock the fuck out. Sure, the headlining acts typically prove to be the best sets. They’re polished, have an expensive stage design, and possess a catalog of hits that, in some cases (cough Sir Paul cough), stretches decades.
But what about the ‘little’ guys? The blog-certified up-and-comers. The indies about to boil to mainstream. The sub-headliners that could very well be taking the main stage in the not so distant future. Not to worry, we got your back. Here are the 10 Must-See Acts That Aren’t Headliners at Lollapalooza this year, conveniently broken down by day and set time.
Believe it or not, Garrett Borns (or simply BØRNS) earned his chops as a professional magician before he hit it big with jams like “10,000 Emerald Pools.” Don’t miss his groovy, psychedelic brand of pop at Lollapalooza this year. He’s sure to have a trick or two up his sleeve.
Young Thug (6:50-7:30)
Thugga Thugga has been a surefire hit machine between his own cuts and guest verses alike. His eccentric flow, fashion-forward style, and summer-friendly beats will make for a must-see set on Friday night. I know there’s gonna be good times.
Sylvan Esso (7:45-8:30)
If you’re searching for something that’s equal parts folky and electronic, look no further than the duo Sylvan Esso. Chilled out, synthesized beats will meet seductive female vocals at this set. Expect lots of eyes closed swaying and swooning.
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I think this is one of my favorite mixes. It is everything that’s good about hip-hop right now. You got Jon Waltz-collaborator NOVA moving to vocals from behind the boards. You got Bobby Raps going ape shit on a record. After that, Young Thug implements a game-changing autotune on “Halftime,” and then OVO-affiliate Jimmy Johnson (or Jimmy Prime) rips into a slow-burning anthem. BROCKHAMPTON artist Matt Champion and Jon Waltz made a 9-minute song, and it’s perfect. I could go on, but you should probably just listen and smoke a lot of pot. Happy 4/20. Stay ~wavy~.
*Missing track 3 (“Halftime” by Young Thug)
There is a reason coming-of-age films like Dazed and Confused, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, The Myth of the American Sleepover, and Palo Alto all revolve around the same three things: sex, drugs, and youth. The reason is that they are one and same. This is the mixtape that understands that.
Much like those coming-of-age films, it is about not letting the little things bother you and seeing the bigger picture in a small town setting. It is about having the clearest ideas under the cloudiest circumstances and about dark times from which you rise above. It’s about getting really, really high and staying there for a week. It is about traveling to a foreign city and fucking shit up with your friends. It’s about the things you can only do when you’re young. Or maybe it’s just the soundtrack.
Don’t tell my momma I’ve been smoking
One of the biggest surprises of last year was when Beyoncé released a 5th album as a complete surprise to all fans and press. It caused a huge splash and further respect for Queen Bey. Today, it appears other artists are following suit, the latest of whom being Kid Cudi, who today released his album Satellite Flight: The Journey to Mother Moon, which was originally due out on April 29th.
The approach completely goes against all things traditional, whereby the marketing leading up to the album release often outdoes the album itself. We typically see three singles released before an entire album, and all leading up to the release, fans are anxiously awaiting the day they can get their hands on the entire album, either legally or illegally. But as we’ve seen it, the shine tends to wear off pretty quickly, and in modern-day music consumption, many will move on to the next bright and shiny new release after a run through of that album. Many times, people wont even get to the end of the album if the songs at the beginning of the stack aren’t strong enough.
The fast-paced, ADHD modern method of consumption leaves artists with few options but to release single after single, put out free music, or, as we’re seeing here, completely rethink the system.
So here we have it: an entire Kid Cudi album, two months early, released with minimal marketing efforts, available via iTunes.
What do you think; is this a method that other artists should use to put out their music? Or is it one only fit for Queen Bey herself?
“Too Bad I Have To Destroy You Now” – Kid Cudi:
Download KiD CuDi Too Bad I Have To Destroy You Now
I had a conversation yesterday about my record collection, and I pointed out that the most predictable record that I own is Kid Cudi‘s Man on the Moon. It lead to a discussion about the ability to track the music you’re listening to with services like Last.fm, or even just by using Spotify’s year-end review feature. I used the Spotify feature a few days before and found that despite the lack of decent music releases from him recently, Kid Cudi still owned the “top spins” position in my Spotify account. And when I looked on last.fm, I learned that Kid Cudi had over 700 more spins than the artist who came in second. Granted, there have to be some disparities here; I know, for one, that last.fm doesn’t track plays from Spotify or iTunes on my cell phone. I can say with 99% certainty that Chance The Rapper earned more spins than any other artist by far this year. His music also isn’t on Spotify, so Spotify wouldn’t track those spins either. So, okay, it’s a little flawed. But the point is, there’s something to be said for an artist who has made enough good music – if even in the past – to still be earning a significantly higher amount of plays than other artists who are making desirable music today. And apparently that’s what Kid Cudi has done for me.
So tonight I noticed that he released a new song called “Satellite Flight” out of the blue. I kind of figured it wouldn’t be anything fantastic, because nothing he’s released lately has been, but I still got excited to listen, hoping for a glimpse of Cudder of the past. And alas, it was again a bit of a let-down. While the lyrical content was a bit reminiscent of mixtape Cudi, the blend of the melodies and the production just didn’t do it for me. Too offbeat, perhaps. Maybe even too dark. Perhaps that’s what I liked about Cudi’s music so much: the content was dark, but mixed with lighter production, he struck a perfect medium that hit deep.
But at the end of the day, even if his current songs aren’t everlasting like his old ones, Cud is still winning. He’s made a lasting impact. And in today’s fast forward culture, that’s about the most an artist can hope to achieve, I’d say.
I’ve been listening to The Wyld‘s new Abstract EP on repeat since it came out on Tuesday. It’s been the soundtrack to everything I’ve done—including my daily “cute puppies” Google Image Search. At first I didn’t notice a connection between the two, but then I started picturing adorable puppies acting out the songs as they played through my headphones. I don’t know why. I think I was dehydrated or something.
Anyway, it was a magical experience that made an already incredible EP all the more exciting. It even sorta made me want to be a puppy (even though I’m totally happy being a human – thanks Mom!) That being said, continue reading for a track-by-track breakdown of how each song would make me feel if I was a puppy.
Historical Note: I’m pretty sure this is the first puppy-centric music review in the history of the world (and it’ll undoubtedly be the last). Enjoy.
KiD CuDi comes out of nowhere to drop a brand new dark, melodic, rock-influenced track. No idea where this will land on, if it’s a hint at a new project, but it is what it is.
Definitely has CuDi’s WZRD feel to it (since it was produced by WZRD), but it’s better than that. This isn’t an outstanding track, but I find myself vibing to this to the point where I respect it. Idk, I could also be crazy, and you may hate this song.
Big artists make big albums with big expectations. The hype surrounding last week’s release of Kid Cudi‘s Indicud was virtually insurmountable. Watch our review below to find out if we thought the album lived up to the hype or failed to impress.
Kid Cudi was one of the first artists I really latched onto when I started this music blog back in 2008. I immediately heard something different in his music that I wasn’t hearing in most music: honesty, introspection, and a version of hip hop that was accessible to people not looking for the typical ramblings of a gangster making music. I admired the dark nature of Cudi’s words more than I ever thought I was. Perhaps it made me think I was lonelier than I was in reality, but I felt them. A Kid Named Cudi was the first project I heard from the young rapper/singer, and I’ve been listening ever since. Though I’ve felt a steady decline in the quality and appeal in Kid Cudi’s music since that fateful day in 2008, there have been songs that have forever changed my life between then and now. While I sit here and hope that Incidud catapults Cudder back into the ranks of the best musicians I’ve ever heard, I have worked with the Sunset Fam to put together a list of the 10 best Kid Cudi songs of all time. - Lydia Simmons
Mr. Scott Mescudi was kind enough to unleash the track list and artwork for his latest studio album, Indicud, which is slated to be in stores on April 23rd.
Can we just keep in mind that we just got JT’s new album, Skizzy Mars debut mixtape, Chance The Rapper‘s #AcidRap, and CuDi in later April. IS THIS REAL LIFE? Pinch me. Ain’t NOBODY got time for all that good music. JK. I do.
Just some quick thoughts on the track list:
- Love the features
- Love the singles (so far)
- Will be a breathe of fresh air.
- Won’t be as good as MOTM…mostly because I’m convinced it’s a classic.
1. The Resurrection Of Scott Mescudi
3. Just What I Am f/ King Chip
4. Young Lady f/ Father John Misty
5. King Wizard
7. Solo Dolo Part II f/ Kendrick Lamar
8. Girls f/ Too Short
9. New York City Rage Fest
10. Red Eye f/ Haim
11. Mad Solar
12. Beez f/ RZA
13. Brothers f/ King Chip & A$AP Rocky
14. Burn Baby Burn
15. Lord Of The Sad And Lonely
16. Cold Blooded
17. Afterwards (Bring Yo Friends) f/ Michael Bolton & King Chip
18. The Flight Of The Moon Man
It’s Friday, my coffee hasn’t kicked in, this has been the work week from hell, I have a health check today, and I kind of feel like they’re going to tell me I’m dying. So it only seemed natural to listen to my favorite lonely stoner: Kid Cudi. I don’t mean today’s Cudder (sorry, baaaaabe). I mean old school Cudder. The man I fell in love with during college; the man who taught me it’s okay to be lonely, to sing sad songs, and to quote really depressing one liners (despite the inevitable judgement you’ll get from most of the world when you tweet “If I die before I wake, I pray the lord my soul to take, cuz I’m ready for a funeral”). I need some of that right now. And I need that to come back in the Incidud release on April 23rd.