Release Date: Dec 18, 2015
Record label: Republic
Genre(s): Rap, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
Speedin’ Bullet 2 Heaven is one of the most polarizing albums of the year. It’s a radical departure from almost everything Kid Cudi has ever released (with the partial exception of his 2012 rock project, WZRD) and sounds more like a ’90s-era grunge/alt-rock album than anything that could possibly resemble modern day hip-hop. This is Kid Cudi at his most unapologetically experimental—something he even made sure to warn fans about ahead of time.
Is Kid Cudi serious? This is the first thing I asked myself listening to Speedin' Bullet 2 Heaven, and it's not as snide a question as it sounds; it's genuinely hard to tell. While his diehard fans await his long-delayed Man on the Moon III, Cudi opted instead to release this—a 90-minute, double-disc rock album, unfiltered and unpolished even compared to his 2012 side-project WZRD. Cudi is not a very good singer or guitarist, and his artlessly blunt lyrics are even more exposed in this context.
Kid Cudi has had a noteworthy albeit not uncommon career arc. Beginning with the immeasurable buzz created off his mixtape work, most notably A Kid Named Cudi, his immense talent, unique sound and the elite company he kept had fans clamoring for music. For Cudster, the sky has always seemed like too low a limit. Both his debut Man on the Moon: The End of Day and sophomore effort Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr.
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