Steve Aoki, ‘Cudi the Kid’ Feat. Kid Cudi and Travis Barker – Song Review
Electronic artist Steve Aoki gives featured artist Kid Cudi the spotlight on 'Cudi the Kid,' a new song targeted for Aoki's upcoming album, 'Wonderland.'
Cudi doesn't actually rap on the track, which seems to find a middle ground between rock and dance. Instead, atop a rush of pulsating synths, he sings, "When I was a young man, couldn’t wait to get big / All in all, I stayed on my job and you can call me Cudi the Kid."
While most electronic songs used programmed drums, Aoki brings in Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker to provide the real thing. No computer can provide the manic energy that Barker brings to the track, especially during the breakdowns when Cudi repeats, "Can't stop, won't stop."
Cudi has always shown a willingness to experiment well beyond the bounds of traditional hip-hop, from his collaborations with psychedelic indie bands Ratatat and MGMT to forming his own rock outfit, 2 Be Continuum. 'Cudi the Kid' is further validation of his adventurous spirit, and could provide Aoki with his biggest mainstream recognition to date.
Listen to Steve Aoki's 'Cudi the Kid' Feat. Kid Cudi and Travis Barker