Before I start talking about WZRD, I’d like to talk about Kid Cudi for a moment. When he first stepped onto the scene, everybody applauded him for being so different in his original debut, Man On The Moon: The End Of Day. Then, he released a vastly different album a couple of years ago in the form of Man On The Moon: The Legend of Mr. Rager, which critics gave a lot of mixed reviews about for being “too different.” As a fan first, I love when an artist can stretch their sound to try to reach different people, and that’s why I have enjoyed Cudi so much – cause he makes music that he wants to make, and doesn’t care about what you think.
This leads me into WZRD; a collaborative effort with himself and Dot Da Genius. I get what Cudi and Dot are trying to do here – trying to make an album that will distance themselves with the hip-hop crowd and appeal to the alternative scene. I’m glad that Cudi is embracing the evolution of music, and trying to appeal to more people, but somewhere in making this album, I think he should’ve really taken a good look at what he was creating. And that’s not in a good way.
There are so many songs on this alternative debut that had so much potential, but for a lot of reasons, they all didn’t come through. The guitar parts that Cudi plays are nothing that will blow any band out of the water, as they are used for mostly filler and never really change throughout the record. The majority of the songs stay at relatively the same tempo and structure, none of them really pushing to be the best track on the record. “High Off Life” is a brooding five-minute song that never really changes, while the following track “The Dream Time Machine” is a neutral, slow, and unemotional ballad. “Brake” is, again, slow and filled with no sort of feeling. The three tracks towards the end almost put me to sleep, even with the tempo pick-up of “Dr. Pill.”
One song that I can say with utter certainty that I enjoyed was “Teleport 2 Me, Jaime (feat. Desire).” It’s feel reminded me of something that could play in the background of Vice City, or during the credits in Drive (if I so dare say). Also, the leaked track “Dose of Dopeness” didn’t make it to the album, either meaning that it’ll go on a mixtape sometime or on the next chapter of Man On The Moon. Even if it was a hip-hop centered track, it could have really saved the album in the feeling department, as most of WZRD’s debuts was soft, dark, and simple.
Dear Scott Mescudi. I love your entire Man On The Moon collection, and I respect you trying to expand your repertoire in a multitude of ways. But WZRD, at least for it’s first foray, was flat, repetitive, and most of all, bland. I’ve listened to your music before, and using the world bland has never come up in any of your works until now. I know that your creative mind can come up with something better than this, and I hope this fall if MotM3 drops, I can write another note like this one, only giving out great news rather than this downer. WZRD was an experiment with tons of good intentions, but it somehow went wrong. As a fan of both hip-hop music, and alternative music, I can say that none of the aforementioned parts of my musical being enjoyed WZRD as much as they wanted to.
Final Grade: D+
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