Andre 3000 Praises New Kid Cudi Album
Kid Cudi has been getting tons of bad press in regards to his fifth studio album, Speedin' Bullet 2 Heaven. Besides the sales of the project reaching a personal low for Cudi (just shy of moving 20k units in its first week), the LP has also been critically panned, with many citing a lack of a clear narrative, bad quality (many songs sounding sub-par in terms of lyrical and production value), and pseudo-grunge sound as some of its main problems. However, perhaps a recent positive comment from a certain "ATLien" will inspire people to give Speedin' Bullet a second chance... In a recent interview with Billboard to promote his role on the second season of ABC's hit series, American Crime, Andre 3000 discussed a variety of topics including his return to acting, potentially writing or directing a project in the near future, and of course the boiling question, whether or not he plans on releasing new music.
"I’ve been holding [back] for a long time, so now I’m really interested in figuring out some type of music to do. I’m always recording.", declared Andre Benjamin on the topic. When asked about what music he had been listening to as of recently, 3000 let out a seemingly unusual answer:
I always listen to a lot of jazz, a lot of Thelonious Monk. The new Kid Cudi album [Speedin’ Bullet 2 Heaven] is awesome to me. That’s kind of like the most recent thing that I think is really great. But other than that I’ve kind of just been working in the studio and listening to what I’m doing.
Although this praise may come as a surprise to some, one must remember: This is Andre 3000 we are talking about! This is the same man who has botched guitar solos over various for well over a decade, much like Cudi does throughout Speedin’ Bullet 2 Heaven. However, also in similar fashion to Cudi's work on the album, Andre has always been known to speak from the heart, even when it meant sharing some of his saddest and most vulnerable moments with the world.
Kid Cudi is a known OutKast fan. Previously, he shouted out Andre's partner in rhyme, Big Boi, on his 2011 Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager fan-favourite, "Marijuana". Two years later, Big recruited Cudi a track titled "She Hates Me", which was featured on the Atlanta rapper's second solo effort, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumours.
Furthermore, Cudi's 'Kast fandom was fully fulfilled in 2014 when the rapper was given the opportunity to open for one of the duo's three "#ATLast" homecoming shows in Atlanta. Unfortunately, the opening set ended on a sour note, with Mr. Solo Dolo storming off stage, but not before he told the audience to "suck [his] dick."
Will Andre's kind words make you revisit Speedin’ Bullet 2 Heaven?