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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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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 5 out of 146
  1. Jun 14, 2018
    10
    This album is top-tier. I really loved it.
    Lots of versatility, not to mention that it delves into a currently still underexplored subgenre
    This album is top-tier. I really loved it.
    Lots of versatility, not to mention that it delves into a currently still underexplored subgenre (not to say unexplored, simply that there's a lot more to this subgenre than Trav$ $cott's Apple Pie and the like) of Rock-Rap. Cudi delivers great vocals, while Kanye hits hard with great bars and mesmerizing production. Definitely my favorite album so far of this year, but here's to hoping that we get more music like this soon.
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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
    AOTY... Production is insane. Cudi is back to form. Kanye's verses are some of the best he has had since the 2000's... KSG is a very diverseAOTY... Production is insane. Cudi is back to form. Kanye's verses are some of the best he has had since the 2000's... KSG is a very diverse album with a cool mix of grunge, rock, soul, electronic, and hip hop sounds. As a whole, the album flows really well and the content touches on a lot of different themes largely surrounding the mental health struggles of Kanye and Cudi. KSG starts off sort of manic and all over the place, but is done so in such a way where everything feels like it is there for a reason. KSG then transitions into some of the most vibey, chill tracks I have ever heard, with very hopeful and uplifting themes. There is probably a song on here for everyone, despite it being only 7 songs and only 24 minutes long.

    I created an account just so I could leave a review for this extraordinary album. KSG is in a genre of its own.
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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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