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  • Summary: The debut surprise studio release for the collaboration between Kanye West and Kid Cudi features contributions from André 3000, Mos Def, Ty Dolla $ign as well as samples from Kurt Cobain's "Burn the Rain" and Louis Prima's "What Would Santa Claus Do?".
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. 91
    While Kids See Ghosts feels more like a Cudi album than a Kanye one, it is a production showcase for both. ... The seven-song affair leaves you greedy for more when it’s over in a mere 23 minutes.
  2. 90
    For the most part in fact, the album’s production is curated with Cudi in mind, a sonic bag of treats for those who vibe to the gloomy, celestial exploration of his early material as well as the rap rock stylings he has demonstrated since. ... Whereas the beats on ye sounded rushed and underdeveloped, the beats on KSG have some meat on ’em, crafting a sonic mood board that evokes thoughts of psilocybin mushroom trips, spiritual healing and yes, ghosts.
  3. Jun 15, 2018
    90
    Kids See Ghosts is everything Ye wasn't, delivering a worthwhile listen in spite of the extended PR disaster that preceded its release. With Cudi as the yang to West's yin, the pair inch closer to finding peace and a light in the darkness.
  4. 80
    A seven-track album (it’s Kanye’s current obsession; both ‘ye’ and ‘Daytona’ ran to the same length) can hardly help but feel slight, though the brevity actually suits this collaborative record. It sounds, suitably, ghostly and supernatural.
  5. Jun 14, 2018
    80
    A collaboration that alternates from alienation and sadness to melodic tenderness, punkish rap bravado, and triumph in 23 minutes. It’s both embarrassing and gripping: never boring and often euphoric. ... It makes for a perfect version of a Kid Cudi album, with Cudi taking center stage under the guiding hand of Kanye’s stellar production.
  6. Jun 11, 2018
    76
    The songs are the most intriguing ones to emerge from this Wyoming project thus far. ... A lot of the energy that "ye" seemed to be gasping for fills the lungs of this project, and it’s humbling to consider how much this material might have enlivened West’s own album.
  7. Jun 11, 2018
    60
    Though nowhere near as incisive, infectious or rewarding as their best work, Kids See Ghosts is still an important step forward into an era of big moods and short attention spans.

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  1. Negative: 5 out of 145
  1. Jun 17, 2018
    10
    Incredible album. I really can't imagine anything better from a Kanye and Cudi collaboration. They both bring out the best in each other.Incredible album. I really can't imagine anything better from a Kanye and Cudi collaboration. They both bring out the best in each other. Given the artists past not just working with each other for the last decade, but just these last 2 years in their personal lives, for this to come together is a blessing. Kid Cudi ended 2016 in rehab for depression and suicidal urges, Kanye ended 2016 hospitalized after bizarre mental breakdowns caused by paranoia, depression, and drugs. They were seen together mid 2017 in Japan making a mystery project then again in early 2018 in Wyoming. Kids See Ghosts is the result of redemption and breaking through all these two have gone through. The narrative throughout on KSG is moving. Has a positive mood and is refreshing to hear especially at a time when it seems the whole nation is struggling with mental health.

    "Feel The Love" starts it off with Cudi's soaring chorus, Pusha T comes in with a commanding verse, then Kanye comes outta no where with ad-libs sounding like gun shots reminiscent of Desiigner. The song feels like the harsh and chaotic parts (Pusha and Kanye) represent Cudi and Kanye's struggle in late 2016 feeling hopeless. Then Cudi's vocals are like the voice of hope with many fans and close friends supporting them even through the chaos. The album continues with this narrative as they become closer to finding hope and peace. Whether a higher power and/or psychedelics is the result of feeling Reborn and Freeee it's a beautiful story. I think psychedelics play a role in this very much as taking them feels like entering a "4th Dimension" and the very psychedelic rock influenced track, "Freeee." "Reborn" is the highlight of the album with an anthemic chorus. "Cudi Montage" is the spiritual closer and my personal favorite. The meaning of Kids See Ghosts (imo) is the loss of innocence you have when you grow up and become jaded. Kids see life through a very innocent and true lens. As Kanye mentions often how his child-like creativity feels like fight to keep as the harsh realities of the world force him to grow up. Much of his career is based on that. The dropout bear is him staying young and invincible. Claiming theres no such thing as the real world. After his fall from grace he has to grow up a bit, so the dropout bear is dead and MBDTF faces the realities of life.

    10/10 perfect album to me, thank you Kanye and Kid Cudi!
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  2. Jun 9, 2018
    10
    Kids See Ghosts can be considered one of the best collaborative efforts In Hip-Hop.
    The album, fully produced by Kanye West, strikes with
    Kids See Ghosts can be considered one of the best collaborative efforts In Hip-Hop.
    The album, fully produced by Kanye West, strikes with it's eerie and dark samples, as well as rough and gritty melodies. Kid Cudis Voice compliments the beats perfectly, and Kanye's few parts scattered over the Album contain some of of his best lyrics.
    They both talk about mental Health and their way to recovery and happiness, climaxing in the Outro "Cudi Montage", which can be considered a Track about Kanye's and Cudi's reunion after their split back a few years ago.
    Both Artists perform some of their best craft yet, with Kid Cudi nearly returning to MOTM levels, and Kanye being as strong as ever, with quality production and good vocals. The album gives an in-depth look into mental states of two of the most beloved rappers/singers, which is also reflected in the sound of the beats. If Kanye West's "ye" Is what Heaven sounds like, then Kids see Ghost is the exact, equally good, opposite.
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  3. Jun 12, 2018
    10
    Kids See Ghost is one of the most forward thinking and unique albums I've heard. Kanye and Cudi go all out, mixing powerful drums with drivingKids See Ghost is one of the most forward thinking and unique albums I've heard. Kanye and Cudi go all out, mixing powerful drums with driving guitar, beautiful yet gritty vocals and great bars. It's the grandeur of MBDTF mixed with the intimacy of TLOP and ye. There is not a single song on the album that I do not love. The water tight and fat-free production leaves nothing to be desired. Despite being only 23 minutes long, the listening experience is the same as listening to a 40-minute album. "It feels longer than it is" might sound like something negative, but in this case it's not because I want more of this album.
    I honestly only have one problem with the music on this album. That problem is so tiny that it's almost non-existant, but there is one second or so on the album where the auto-tune on Cudi's voice doesn't quite fit. But it's just a slight waver and is overshadowed by the rest of the album's greatness.
    Kanye's wild adlibs on Feel The Love over those heavy drums are super cool and energetic.
    The wind chimes on Fire are great and I love Cudi's chorus.
    4th Dimension is a straight up banger and the bars are tight.
    Freeee is a psychedelic, beautiful and epic song.
    Reborn is lovely and Cudi's singing is great.
    Kids see ghosts is low-key but still energetic and Kanye's verse is insane.
    Cudi Montage is the closest thing I've had to a religious experience. When Kanye comes in with those vocals at the end with Cudi; "Lord shine your light on me, save me please. STAY STRONG" that hits me right in my heart.
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  4. Jun 9, 2018
    10
    Amazing album ! very intimate narrative that breaks with just 7 tracks making it a very intense psychedelic experience. In the same time, thisAmazing album ! very intimate narrative that breaks with just 7 tracks making it a very intense psychedelic experience. In the same time, this album is very sonically pleasing and have a very good replay potential.
    The production transports you to this hellish, haunting place were both Cudi and Kanye had to live in as a reminiscent to their mental health problems. Slowly, the music builds up to what it looks like a process of trying to stay alive and fighting to escape. This situation, finally, breaks with a successful break out, descriped as a rebirth as the duo find themselves in a new sleeve as both individuals and artists.
    Tracks that are core to the narrative : 4th Dimension, Reborn, and Cudi Montage.
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  5. Jun 12, 2018
    10
    A truly remarkable listening experience. The chemistry between these two is on another level. Art at it's finest.
  6. Jun 10, 2018
    9
    Feels fresh honest and a brutal psychedelic experience that’s has slight problems but overall great work
  7. Jun 18, 2018
    0
    Overhyped, like everything else Kanye has done. There's nothing here that hasn't been done better elsewhere. Nothing innovative or insightful,Overhyped, like everything else Kanye has done. There's nothing here that hasn't been done better elsewhere. Nothing innovative or insightful, neither of them sound good. A mess really. Expand

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