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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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Feel the Love
[Chorus: Kid Cudi] I can still feel the love I can still feel the love I can still feel the love Feel the love [Verse: Pusha-T, Kid Cudi & Kanye... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  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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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 6 out of 155
  1. Jun 13, 2018
    10
    Not much more to say than what has already been written. Amazing album, my biggest complaint is it not long enough. It is so good it willNot much more to say than what has already been written. Amazing album, my biggest complaint is it not long enough. It is so good it will leave you begging for more like a thot Expand
  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 21, 2018
    10
    this album is some of kanye's best work, a few weeks later and i'm still listening to this album on repeat
  4. Jun 12, 2018
    10
    This is the first album EVER where I loved every single song, with Reborn being my favorite. Cudi & Kanye make a great team.
  5. Jun 11, 2018
    10
    First track kicks off with a great beat, and the first good cudi hook. Pusha T delivers with a great verse, and Kanye gives a great vocalFirst track kicks off with a great beat, and the first good cudi hook. Pusha T delivers with a great verse, and Kanye gives a great vocal addition to the beat.

    Second song is a little worse, my least favorite. The beat just isn't the same quality. I like the additions like the woodwind. The flows and hooks are on point though

    4th dimention is the greatest song here. It's amazing. The beginning sample has madlib intro-style. The beat is amazing, the kanye verse is definitely good with an amazing ending. The laughter into Cudi's verse is amazing, and his flow is great. I like the ending as well

    Freeee is a great beat, even if it was ripped. The vocal layers are great, and all artists provide some of their greatest singing ever. Ty Dolla Sign steals the show though, and the synths at the end are great.

    Reborn goes a little long, but sounds like something straight off Man on the Moon 2. I would have liked it more if it were 1-2 minutes less because of the repetitive hook.

    The title track is another highlight. The beat is great, Mos Def delivers a great hook that switches to Cudi. The flows and verses are great, and Mos Def's outtro is great.

    Cudi Montage is a great finisher. I don't really know what to say other than that it's an emotional track.

    Overall, there are no bad songs, and some of the greatest peaks in either Kanye or Cudi's career. It encapsulates the Man on The Moon 2 Cudi, with a variety of Kanye production and his best rapping. It's the perfect collaboration, and can't wait for a second album
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  6. Jun 10, 2018
    9
    An honor to listen to. Kid Cudi's raw emotion-spewing vocals paired with Kanye West's immaculate production lays the foundation for an albumAn honor to listen to. Kid Cudi's raw emotion-spewing vocals paired with Kanye West's immaculate production lays the foundation for an album to vibe to all summer long. Cudi's return to singing on "Ye" was a promising sign, which amazingly transitioned into this masterpiece. This album is the best G.O.O.D. Music album release of 2018, by far, in my opinion. While Kanye West is ever-evolving, he returns to the "Old Kanye" flow for many of the tracks on this album, which was not necessary to make a great album, but his return is very welcomed. Expand
  7. Aug 21, 2018
    0
    KIDS SEE GHOSTS is one of the best albums of the year. It is probably top 5, if not top 3 in Kanye's discography and definitely the best thingKIDS SEE GHOSTS is one of the best albums of the year. It is probably top 5, if not top 3 in Kanye's discography and definitely the best thing Kid Cudi has ever made. Kid Cudi's past albums have been anywhere between mediocre and painfully unlistenable, but with this project he has definitely redeemed himself. It is honest and touching in it's lyrical content and the production is weird and epic in a way that no Kanye album has ever sounded before. Expand

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