Our 50 Favorite Kid Cudi Songs

Bravery in vulnerability. Honesty in the face of pain. Effortless trend-setting. Undying authenticity. Inimitable talent. Astonishing hooks, soaring highs, and heartfelt lows. Creative ambition. The list goes on. These attributes and so many more are what makes Kid Cudi a living legend. From his stature as one of the most sonically and aesthetically influential artists alive to an entire catalog of classic albums, mixtapes, features, and chart-topping singles, there’s no denying the sheer impact and importance of the Cleveland-bred artist. His contributions not only to music, but to mental health awareness, fashion, and even acting range over a broad palette of interests and ventures, all of which bring fans back to the one and only Scott Mescudi — a multi-talented star in every right and the kind of artist and human that only comes around once in a lifetime. For our team at Lyrical Lemonade and for countless others, Kid Cudi has soundtracked some of our best moments in life just as much as he’s saved and helped us in our worst. With this in mind, to say that Kid Cudi is an artist for all occasions is an understatement, and furthermore, to say that he’s touched countless lives is …

Panini – [Lil Nas X]

All eyes are on Lil Nas X — how will he follow-up a breakout single that’s spent 11 weeks at the top of the charts and easily the most viral song of the year thus far? Today, the 20-year-old hitmaker answers that question with his first new song since “Old Town Road” blew up, “Panini”. While it’d be easy to crack under the pressure of breaking out with such a massive hit single, Lil Nas quickly dispels that notion as soon as the beat drops on this track. He reaffirms his knack for insanely catchy melodic rap and genre fluidity, taking the song down a grungy path for the hook that feels reminiscent of something off an old Cudi or Travis reference. It’s not coincidental that the production on “Panini” might remind some listeners of those artists either, with veteran producer Dot Da Genius teaming up with Take A Daytrip on the beat. Lil Nas X’s debut EP ‘7’ is set to drop this Friday, and with “Old Town Road”, “Panini”, and some promising snippets floating around social media, it seems like the young Atlanta star might be poised to take over summer ’19. Stream “Panini” below and let us …

Turning The Camera Around: Interviewer Spotlight

Even in the age of social media, where artists can constantly connect and speak to an endless number of fans with the click of a few buttons, the art of the sit-down interview will never be lost or, for that matter, replaced. From the intricate details of Nardwuar interviews to the knowledgeable conversations of Elliott Wilson, these interviews are what adds a dimension of background and personality to the musicians we know and love, and for that, they demand appreciation. Whether explaining obscure childhood stories, the meaning of albums, their influences, or any other plethora of topics, musicians tend to open up when paired with the right interviewer, and the benefit of these conversations is for all to enjoy. Interviews provide fans with background, insight, and nowadays, viral moments, offering up endless entertainment that satisfies casual listeners and stans alike. They allow artists an opportunity to communicate their messages and aspirations on a level far more profound than a simple tweet, and consequently, an opportunity to breathe new life into the music that soundtracks the lives of so many. Here at Lyrical Lemonade, we’re constantly posting new interviews with all of our favorite artists to learn more about the masterminds …


While Chicago has been known as a reputable city in hip-hop for numerous years now, this revered position has not arrived without the constant innovation and hard work of the artists that so faithfully represent the prowess of their home city. It is these artists that we have to credit for this respected reputation, and we here at Lyrical Lemonade try to honor this in every way possible by constantly bringing new Chicago acts into our headlines here on our website. That said, 2018 has been yet another fantastic year for Chicago music, so we went ahead and compiled a list of our “Top 50 Chicago Projects” of the year. This now marks the third year that we have been putting out this list, and we believe that it’s safe to say this year’s list might just be the most solid one from top to bottom that we’ve seen yet. Thank you to our terrific writing staff for all of the hard work they have put in this year, I will be linking their socials below so be sure to contact them about getting featured on the website in the future. Seamus Fay • Mike Del Ro • Sam Morrison • …

Kids See Ghosts – [Kanye West] x [Kid Cudi]

It has been no busier time for the GOOD Music camp than these past few weeks and now following a barrage of replay-worthy tracks from Pusha T & Kanye on their respective projects, the Cudi and Ye collab titled Kids See Ghosts is finally in our grasp. 7 tracks deep, the standout production came from the likes of Mike Dean, Dot Da Genius, Kanye himself and many others including features from Pusha T, Louis Prima, Ty Dolla $ign & Yasiin Bey on the highlighted album track that is arguably my favorite joint as of right now. Between Daytona and Ye, I would say this project not only competes as the best record of the three but some of Cudi and Kanye’s most impressive tracks to date, which may seem to be sort of a reach. I’ll let you be the judge of that though, kick-off your weekend with Kids See Ghosts and let us know which of the trio of GOOD Music projects you’ve got on replay.

DOWN – [Tunji Ige]

Tunji Ige has been staying busy recently, releasing three new tracks within the past two weeks. His “Hop In My Whip” freestyle was the first song we’ve heard from the talented Philadelphia artist in a few months, and he quickly followed that up with the synth-driven anthem “DIVA.” Now, he’s back with “DOWN,” a song he produced with Dot Tha Genius. The enticing hook gradually builds into the percussion, at which point Ige takes complete control. Melodic, echoing synths add to the atmospheric feel of the record, and perfectly complement Ige’s vocals. The young rapper continues to push his creative boundaries, and it will be intriguing to see if he can continue to replicate the boundless energy that made his 2016 album Missed Calls so captivating. Check out “DOWN” and let us know if you’re excited for what Tunji Ige has in store for the year to come. Words by Luke Hinz

Tonight- [Adot]

If you have been keeping up with Lyrical Lemonade since the beginning then chances are you have seen Adot on our pages before or if you were lucky enough to get your hands on our  most recent merch drop, which sold out in a matter of minutes, then you may recognize the dual face-tatted model who rocked our notorious lemonade carton in the Winter 2017 lookbook. Regardless of how you’ve first come to know the Chicago rapper, the reason you will stick around is the tongue twisting lyricism present in all of Dotty’s diverse discography. His latest two songs are no different, the first being “I Know”, produced by Shotgungis and NashyWorld, which is another relentless barrage of lyricism enhanced through cool, monotone delivery. The second offering, “Like That”, is produced by frequent collaborator, 5heriff, and showcases how Adot does not waste a single line with filler, weaving intricate bars over the wavy production. If you want to fully appreciate the meanings in these rhymes we strongly suggest you take a quick browse through Adot’s new Genius profile, we promise you will catch the cleverness you missed during the first few listens. Adot will be taking the stage alongside DuffleBagBuru, …

Watch the recap video from Smokepurpp’s Chicago show

If you were fortunate enough to be at the Portage Theater this past Saturday night, then you already know how great Smokepurpp’s headlining show was. However, if you missed out on the epic performances by Adot, DuffleBagBuru, IsaiahG, Stupid Genius, NikeBoi, Supa, Sonny Digital and Purp., have no fear because we just got blessed by the recap video handled by Lost TV. This show was certainly one for the books, so be sure to get in tune with what went down Saturday night below, and make sure you keep an eye out for whatever show Victory Lane Entertainment blesses us with next time.

Staff Picks: Top Songs Of The Month (May)

This last month has certainly been one to remember with its number of new releases. Luckily for you, the staff at Lyrical Lemonade have got you covered with some of our favorites in the month of May. Be sure to check them out below and let us know if we missed any! (NO PARTICULAR ORDER) _ Rebels – Ohana Ban  Ohana Bam has been fairly quiet since the release of his “Orientation” mixtape earlier this year, but a few weeks ago, the Chicago lyricist returned with an impressive new record titled “Rebels.” Much like his previous tracks, Ohana unleashed his gritty style of rap backed by an electrifying beat that can get anyone in the mood to turn-up. This pick was most definitely a no-brainer, and you can expect to see Ohana Bam crack our list several more times as the year goes on. _ duckdown. – femdot Femdot is certainly no stranger to our Top Songs list. The Chicago spitter had an incredible month after letting loose his latest track titled “duckdown” and selling out his first headlining performance on Sunday night. On top of that, there was really no debating that “duckdown” would crack this list, as the Moa-produced …

Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’ – [Kid Cudi]

Kid Cudi fans rejoice. Out of nowhere, Kid Cudi has dropped his sixth album in “Passion, Pain and Demon Slayin’” after postponing the release due to a self-check into rehab in September. The 19-track effort is split into four parts and includes a handful of features that include Travis Scott, Andre 3000, Pharell Williams and Willow Smith with production from Mike Will Made It, Dot Da Genius and Mike Dean. Cudi’s dynamic verses and masterful autotune is proof that he remains amongst the top tier of artists in today’s music scene. I won’t spoil it for you, but this is most definitely an instant classic. Check out the new album and be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments below.