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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: 5 out of 208
  1. May 31, 2020
    10
    Kanye puts another notch in his belt with some of his greatest performances since MBDTF. Kid Cudi finally is able to prove he still has theKanye puts another notch in his belt with some of his greatest performances since MBDTF. Kid Cudi finally is able to prove he still has the artistry he showed back on Man on the Moon. 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 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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  4. Jun 12, 2018
    10
    Kanye and Cudi create an acletic album. Kid Cudis Voice compliments the beats perfectly, and Kanye's few parts scattered over the AlbumKanye and Cudi create an acletic album. Kid Cudis Voice compliments the beats perfectly, and Kanye's few parts scattered over the Album contain some of of his best lyrics. Expand
  5. Jun 9, 2018
    10
    A modern masterpiece where quality trumps quantity. The production is on point, and the length of the album is perfect at delivering the vinylA modern masterpiece where quality trumps quantity. The production is on point, and the length of the album is perfect at delivering the vinyl experience in modern times, in a world where the digital medium has allowed filler tracks to become the order of the day. There are no filler tracks on this album. It's a cohesive project from start to finish, taking you on a 24 minute journey that's enjoyable throughout. Expand
  6. Jun 14, 2018
    9
    Instrumentals and lyrics are all amazing. The album feels much longer than it actually is.
  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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