Kid Cudi has high expectations for his forthcoming album. The Ohio rapper, who dropped his WZRD album with producer Dot Da Genius in February, took to Twitter to announce that his new release Idicud, will be his interpretation of Dr. Dre’s classic release. “My new album is entitled indicud, it will be my version of The Chronic 2001, some songs i’ll produce, others i’ll feat &/or play songwriter,” he tweeted.
While Cudi failed to drop any other details on the release, living up to Dre’s album will be an interesting challenge. In the more than 10 years since it dropped, the album has been certified 6x platinum, and is lauded as some of Dre’s best work, aside from his 1992 The Chronic debut. The release featured appearances from the likes of Eminem, Snoop, Nate Dogg , and Mary J. Blige. In constructing the sound of the album, Dre said that he felt the need to prove himself. “For the last couple of years, there’s been a lot of talk out on the streets about whether or not I can still hold my own, whether or not I’m still good at producing, . That was the ultimate motivation for me,” he said in a New York Times interview. “Magazines, word of mouth and rap tabloids were saying I didn’t have it any more. What more do I need to do? How many platinum records have I made? O.K., here’s the album — now what do you have to say?”
Perhaps Cudi shares in Dre’s feelings of being counted out. The 28-year-old has been very open about dealing with the pressures of fame, started using drugs to cope with his notoriety, and garnered a reputation for being a loose cannon. Although he has slipped up a time or to—like threatening those who attended his album listening party earlier this year—he seems to be focussed on making headlines for his music and not his bad behavior.
Idicud is due out this fall.
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