By Erika Ramirez
Following in the footsteps of Wiz Khalifa and Kanye West, Kid Cudi announced his new LP via Twitter. On Wednesday (January 26), after returning from a one year hiatus from the social network, Cudi returned as @wizardcud and announced that this summer he will release a Dot Da Genius-produced rock album, entitled Wizard and for his rap fans, a mixtape titled, A Man Named Scott.
“Pushing for a summer release of the Wizard album. I produce and play guitar on everything with my main man @dotdagenius. He’s learning bass,” The Cudder wrote. “Wizard is a rock album, no raps, just singing. Brand new thing. Flavor. ’Dose of Dopeness,’ however, will be on the Wizard album as a bonus jam. ’Bout f—in’ time aye. I’ve been wearing the same jeans for months and I feel good about that dedication.”
“Oh I forgot the best news ever … new mixtape A Man Named Scott,” he continued. “That’s this summer. For all those who f—s with my raps, this is for you since I’mma be all rocked out with the Wizard sh–. Also, it’s free! Yes!”
Cudi also tweeted on working with Shia LaBeouf on the visuals for Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager ’s “Maniac,” collaborating with Ye’ and Jay-Z and prepping for HBO’s second season of “How to Make it in America.”
After taking in the great news, RapFix turned to the fans for their thoughts, lightly edited for grammar and content like Cudi’s tweets, on the wizard’s Twitter re-emergence and future LPs.
“Seriously, dude is f—ing unique,” Esco, a Rap Radar commenter, said. “He’s gonna have a cult following for years. Free Cudi music? Great news.”
Others weren’t as thrilled.
“Hm let’s see with a couple arrests and mental breakdowns on the way, we should probably see this tape ‘round Christmas. But I still f— with you Cudi, just can’t take that depression sh–, ’Make Her Say’ was one of the best tracks that year,” Mr. A From Tha T, another Rap Radar commenter, wrote.
“I’m all for experimenting musically, but really dude, you have a hard enough time rapping, can you play any instruments?” Truthenola, a Hip-Hop DX commenter, weighed in. “Didn’t Mos Def try this?”
“I will never listen to Cudi again. He came out with an amazing debut album that I listened to all of the time, and then he totally upset me with his garbage sequel, that was all about smoking weed and sh– garbage songs,” G, another Hip Hop DX commenter, said.
Elsewhere, Ernest Baker, Complex magazine’s Assistant Editor thought Cudi might end up on a totally different road all together, saying “Eventually Kid Cudi will be thought of as an actor before a musician.”
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