Album Review: KiD CuDi x Dot Da Genius— WZRD [Released: February 28, 2012]

The WZRD is here with the first project self-titled. Coming a long way from “Day & Nite”, the duo have finally compiled their first work; the perfect medium of Hip Hop and Rock.  Dot Da Genius has blended Cudi’s subject matter to “mildly-rockish” tunes, placing Cudi in a seemingly more comfortable light. With the Cleveland native’s favorably unique style over the sounds of Alternative Rock, it makes sense that the two knew each other and worked together for a while. Seven months after the two were acquainted, they were roommates for a short time grinding in the studio for better days. Adding the leverage from Cudi’s lucrative career, along with an ever-expanding and diverse fan base, WZRD is sure to make an impact.

Imagine Cudi singing over Linkin Park’s production, moreover, Cudi’s Erase Me, toning down the pop sound. Dot’s production matches the distraught, confused, and sometimes hopeless lyrics applied. The intro, “The Arrival” brings you to the conclusion that the emotional journey that Cudi will submerge the audience into will be intimidating yet, suspenseful. Drifting through the rest of the album, one will understand that the subject matter of this piece is exclusive to Cudi’s persona….that of a loner.

Dot Da Genius’ production on this album placates toward the alternative crowd but scoops through the beats with hip hop influence. The beat builds/drops and heavy bass are signature for production in the rap world; well exemplified in the song “Live & Learn” and “High Off Life” So this sound is versatile in that it is appealing to multiple crowds.

Whether the audience hails from the background of a loaner who resorts to drugs for happiness, or one’s life is full of burden, this album is navigating toward relativity. Expanding your mind a little bit more than you already have with Cudi, and you can appreciate the application of Dot Da Genius’ style. WZRD’s self-titled project IN STORES NOW!!!

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