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Freeee (Ghost Town Pt. 2) ft. Ty Dollar $ign
Nowhere is that last sentiment clearer than on this track, which is, by far the greatest of the track listing. I have already read some reviews of the track suggesting that it borrows too heavily from a track off of producer Mr. Chop. Granted, the sample is used thoroughly. But not to the point where it feels derivative; Kanye’s and Cudi’s swirling assertions of themselves being ‘freeeee’ is like descent into madness. Perhaps that is where they the two do find a certain artistic freedom, in their own kind of ‘madness’. Both Cudi and Kanye have publicly spoken about their mental illness, with the latter calling his bipolar not a disorder, but his ‘superpower’. Whilst Cudi and Kanye really excel on this track – if Kanye’s production quality on 4th Dimension raised eyebrows, this raises standards – it is really Ty Dollar $ign who really owns this track. God knows how many times his vocals were layered but they just come off so thiccc. His harmonies are almost D’angelo-like, something very reminiscent of Kanye’s earlier work on The Life of Pablo, namely the track ‘Ultralight Beams’. What I do have my reservation about this song, however, is that it is parenthesised as being a sequel to the song ‘Ghost Town’ off of Kanye’s latest album, ye. Whilst it does cover similar territory, what with being free from barriers and all that, ‘freeee’ is by far the superior song. Its predecessor sounded like Speedin Bullet to Heaven throwaway. This, however, is genius.
This seems to be the song that has garnered most attention out of the track listing. With it playing on the strings of nostalgia, it’s not hard to see why. Reborn is a complete Cudi throwback, something that could easily slip into, and indeed be a highlight of, Man on the Moon. It seems that for almost a decade Kid Cudi fans have been waiting for such a return to form. His signature narcotic croon is back, along with a hypnotic and propelling chorus (‘I’m so reborn, I’m moving forward, keep moving forward, keep moving forward’) as a testament to growth and perseverance. This is the first song on the album that has a tenderness to it with delicate piano chords and revealing lyrics.
Kids See Ghosts ft. Yasiin Bey
Here the trance continues, with perhaps the album’s most meditative beat. Yasiin Bey, otherwise known as Mos Def, provides the hook, tapping into the notion of children having a kind of 6th sense. Of course, this plays into the album’s notion of altered states of mind, something that it seems both Kanye and Cudi have tapped into. It’s not my favourite off the track listing but it definitely has its place here.
Revolving around a Kurt Cobain guitar sample, this song is a testament to ‘staying strong’ through adversity, namely through the desire to kill, both yourself and other people. Cudi’s flow is slick, but Kanye’s verse steals the show. It’s a brilliant way to end the album, its tone is sombre yet uplifting.
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