Kid Cudi's new single is his first solo offering in over three years. 😭
Following a recent Instagram Live conversation with Jaden Smith where he teased the record, Kid Cudi released "Leader Of The Delinquents" early Tuesday morning.
Cudi has broken his silence for the first time since linking with Kanye West for Kids See Ghosts in 2018. If you don't count "The Rage" from the soundtrack for Rampage, this track also represents Cudi's first solo release since 2016's Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’.
Cudi's uptick in public activity may be a sign of things to come as he puts together the pieces not only for his seventh studio album album Entergalactic, but for an animated Netflix series connected to the music.
Listen to "Leader Of The Delinquents" below and take a peek at Daquan's top 3 takeaways.
1. Cudder's lonesome lyrics are truly timeless.
Kid Cudi is known for embracing solitude. Fans discovered this characteristic early on through his 2008 breakout hit "Day ‘N’ Nite (Nightmare)," a song that's largely inspired by his singular nighttime musings.
Upon learning that "Leader Of The Delinquents" was initially previewed nearly eight years ago with the same first verse and chorus, it's hard not to gain an even deeper respect for Cudi's timeless ability to reflect on time alone.
Now, Mr. Solo Dolo's lyrics are more relevant than ever as he indirectly speaks to the coronavirus pandemic and his experience under stay-at-home. Even in moments of external panic, he's able to concentrate and conjure creative energy – all while wearing his favorite jeans.
"Hello friends, Cudder again / Gotta smack 'em with some sh*t before the world ends / Same old denims, worn for days / I been home makin' jams and many wonderful waves," he raps, kicking off the opening verse.
Like many people, though, Cudi tends to fall into his own personal rabbit hole. This sort of temptation is a recurring theme across his catalog, and with lines like "Fame and loneliness, the recipe for disaster," listeners can hear its presence on this song, too.
2. Cudi is revisiting his rapping roots.
On "Leader Of The Delinquents," Cudi embraces the bluntness of rap over rhythmic drums and dancing keys crafted by longtime collaborator Dot Da Genius and Woodro Skillson. "How did I do it, why the kids love me so? / 'Cause they connect with Cudder, real simple," he remarks.
Coming up in Cleveland alongside notorious cypher-slayers like King Chip aka Chip Tha Ripper, Cudi is no stranger to delivering bars. Yet, his last few albums have been shaped by a more melodic style.
Cudi is responsible for some truly iconic melodies, of course. But, with this latest song, Cudder leans into traditional rap vocals and offers a refreshing taste of his no-frills cadence.
In fact, that 2012 snippet came in response to a nagging question: "Cudi, when you gon' rap again?"
3. Hums hit different in quarantine.
With Cudi consistently drawing inspiration from isolation, it comes as a little surprise that his signature hums just hit different when played in the midst of social distancing. So many feelings – from sadness to anxiousness to freedom – are packed into each and every dragged out vocal vibration.
Cudi opens "Leader Of The Delinquents" with a series of hums-turned-refrain-turned-hums to set the mood. Listeners are then treated to a rising synth loop that imitates the one of a kind, airy sound.
In a word, these hums are euphoric. Some have even associated them with the sensation of floating or an out-of-body experience, sparking a series of memes. Let's end with a live look at how Daquan is feeling rn...