Quality over Quantity has not always been as appreciated as it should be. Double disc albums get a lot of hype because it seems like we're going to get 30 songs of great music. But typically you'll still only get like 6-7 good songs out of it.
Why haven't artists went the other way and only released those 6-7 good songs and made an album of only unskippable songs? Oh wait, Kanye and Cudi did on Kids See Ghosts? Ok, nevermind. Ok, well if they really wanted Quality over Quantity they would make songs only like 3 minutes long. Oh wait, they did that too with this next track? I give up.
Kids See Ghosts
As performed by Kid Cudi and Kanye West featuring Louis Prima
Produced by Noah Goldstein, Mike Dean, and Kanye West
The roots of jazz music paved the way for hip-hop music. The underground sounds of New Orleans style jazz were played in clubs and dance halls throughout the country in the 1920s and 1930s. Louis Prima was a huge influencer of the art during this time, and his music had everyone "swingin" as they called it. It was basically the OG version of giggin'.
At the height of jazz popularity, it was frowned upon because of how it made the youth act. Kids swingin' and dancing and drinking, how dare they have a good time. The Devil's music, making the youth want to sin. The intro of Louis Prima's strong vocals allows the listener to comprehend the depth of Kanye's historic musical knowledge. Nobody samples like he does, and nobody probably ever will.
Playing off of the sinful sounds of jazz, Kanye spits his verse with many sexual innuendos. This form of jazz carried very little curse words, and Kanye's verse is a nod to that as his clean lyrics can easily be interpreted as not so clean.
It feels so good, it should cost
Bought her alligator, I ain't talkin' Lacoste
Made me say, "Ugh, uh"
Like a mix of Master P and Rick Ross (uh, uh)
She seem to make me always feel like a boss (uh, uh)
She said I'm in the wrong hole, I said I'm lost (uh, uh)
She said I'm goin' too fast, I'm exhausted
Now drop to your knees for the offerin'
This the theme song, oh somethin' wrong
Might need an intervention for this new dimension
That's too new to mention, or fit in a sentence
If I get locked up, I won't finish the sent--
Similar to other songs on this album, you can hear ghost-like or even demonic sounds within the beat. The laughter between the verses sounds demonic, or like a villain plotting his next move. The addition of playing Prima's vocals backwards throughout the song makes the listener feel like they're being spoken to by an evil spirit.
As the listener continues to fall into this new dimension with Kanye and Cudi, they run into the darkness of Cudi's mind. The heavy use of drums and claps keeps makes it feel like a dance song, telling us a completely different side of the story than the lyricists.
Cudi has always been known to have a dark side of his mind that he allows the world to feel. As Kanye's verse was a nod to the old school jazz lyrics, Cudi gives us a history lesson as well. But his history lesson teaches us how his journeys to the deepest darkest corners of his soul helped shape who he is. And how the evils of his past still haunt him everywhere he goes, yet the light continues to guide him through.
Gettin' loose while I'm on the deuce, see me roll out
Watch you surf, hit the coast, and this feelin', I got
Plenty of adventures for the evenin', we go journey, we off
From the light to guide us home, we in the moment, oh-oh
Such a lost boy, caught up in the darkest I had
What's the cost, boy? Losin' everything that I had
She been on me, boy, unless you got somethin' to tell
Sittin', waitin' for me slippin', yeah, I'll see you in hell
Tell the cougar get up off me, no, my soul ain't for sale
All the evils in the world, they keepin' on me for real
I really hope the Lord won't hurt me, we all live in sin
Kids see ghosts off the ropes, Ric Flair on your bitch
Now this the theme song, this the theme song
The put the beams on, get your, get your dream on
But you don't hear me though, drama: we let it go
Watch the guitars roll and let your friends know
Cudi's verse on this song sets the tone for the rest of the album. He admits that he lost everything he had because of the darkness he faced. But this doesn't just go for him, this is for everyone who can relate. Think about the deepest darkest moment of your life. We all can remember that moment where we thought we could have lost it all, but we pushed through. Hopefully.
The light that guides us home can be anything that keeps us focused on the end goal. And although the evils of your past may still haunt and follow you everywhere you go, you can use it as fuel to create a new dimension for yourself.
As the third song on the album, it helps bridge the gap from the darkness to the light that follows in the next few songs. The ability to continue to keep the music and lyrics as transparent as possible keeps the listener engaged and probably puts them in all the feels. All in less than 3 minutes, max.
Just a man trying to make the most of his time on this planet.