I'm always curious about the creative process, and that goes double when details are revealed about my favorite album of 2013 (yup, that's right), Indicud. In a new interview with MTV, Kid Cudi discusses producing collabs with two of the game's hottest emcees right now: Kendrick Lamar & A$AP Rocky.
“Aside from the fact that they’re dope, I was really inspired to work with [Kendrick and A$AP] because I love their sound, and when you hear something new, you [think], ‘I wonder what my sound would be like with that.’ That’s how I think about features. Fusing two artists’ sound in a way where it makes sense and brings out this ‘super song’; that’s what I was trying to accomplish.”
On "Solo Dolo Pt. II":
Cudi also recalled that when Kendrick showed up at the studio — “he came in there f—ing ready to go. He came in there so ready to go, he was excited. I was so humbled by the fact that [Kendrick] was such a big fan of mine because sometimes I just feel out of touch with the new generation,” the 29-year old admitted. “I’m not even that old, but I was away for a while and it’s just really exciting for me to see the love from somebody like Kendrick who’s in a space where he’s just beasting and killing it.”The focus was on producing the record for Kendrick,” Cudi added. “I wanted to shine as a producer first. I wanted to show that side off more than anything else and that’s why I had my one verse then let Kendrick go ape-sh– crazy all over the rest of it.”
“I felt like that was a perfect beat for A$AP to get on there and speak some truths and talk to the younger generation, because he’s in a place where a lot of kids are up to him and Kendrick,” the Indicud MC said. “I just wanted to hear him say something a little bit more thoughtful, and he did that — he showed up. I was blown away by his craftsmanship, his professionalism and his overall mojo.”
Awesome. Love that last intention of wanting A$AP to push that boundary lyrically, and the more I listen to his verse on "Brothers", the more I dig it. This interview inspires yet another late night rotation of Indicud. A dope album to cop — get with it!
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