Kids See Ghosts - KIDS SEE GHOSTS
Critic Score
Based on 22 reviews
2018 Ratings: #33 / 841
Year End Rank: #41
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2018 Ratings: #3
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The Needle Drop

KIDS SEE GHOSTS finds both Kanye West and Kid Cudi in top form as they host a psychedelic odyssey through the darkest and brightest corners of their psyches.


An album instilled with defiant hope, a light in the darkness; like the moon in the night sky.

Entertainment Weekly
The seven-song affair leaves you greedy for more when it’s over in a mere 23 minutes. But hopefully Kanye and Cudi have rid themselves of enough ghosts to bust out more of this kind of artistry. As West raps on “Fire,” “I done proved to myself, back on that rulin’ myself.”
Drowned in Sound

Unexpectedly, Kids See Ghosts finds West at his most poetic in years.

The Line of Best Fit
With a great collaborator at his side and an audibly more measured compositional approach, the third in Kanye West’s seven-track album trilogy is the finest yet.
Sitting at a painfully short seven songs, the project is every bit as good as it should be; this is genuinely the reintroduction to both artists the world deserves.

Kids See Ghosts is everything Ye wasn't, delivering a worthwhile listen in spite of the extended PR disaster that preceded its release. With Cudi as the yang to West's yin, the pair inch closer to finding peace and a light in the darkness.


I think it is safe at this point to say that Kids See Ghosts will be remembered as the climax and most enduring record of Ye Season, one that keeps giving with each and every replay.

The Young Folks

It takes the best qualities of both artists, the dense and expansive production of Kanye, and the relatability and dreamlike melodies of Kid Cudi.

The chemistry between Cudi and Ye feels battle tested. With Cudi playing the role once occupied by his own ego, Kanye’s music sounds freer than ever before. Together, these two studio wzrds have managed to produce something that is equal parts raw, honest, touching, spooky and ethereal.
Working under the name of KIDS SEE GHOSTS, the pair harmonise perfectly, with West performing the extravagant extrovert once again, and Kid Cudi providing a more introspective voice as a counter.
The Guardian

Kids See Ghosts will go down as a minor release in West’s canon, and this oddball odyssey to Wyoming won’t be remembered as one of his best eras. Yet the album does something he needed. It reasserts him as a fun, thrilling rap music-maker that tests the genre’s boundaries.

This is the sound of Kanye and Cudi catching up with themselves.
Cudi carries the album, while Kanye, in the right moments, shows that he’s better off filling the architect role almost exclusively at this stage of his career.
The 405

This interplay between them makes KSG the most exuberant and creative-sounding project these two have put out in years.


On Kids See Ghosts, the mess at least feels more purposeful, and the songs are the most intriguing ones to emerge from this Wyoming project thus far.

A.V. Club

Cudi is, without qualification, the spiritual and artistic backbone of Kids See Ghosts, the source of its truest artistic risks and the instrument of its greatest triumphs.

Consequence of Sound
The controlled chaos of the record is proof that somewhere beneath all of the public outbursts and musical misfires, Kanye West – not the old Kanye – but the actual man and his heart are still somewhere in the mix planning to raise the bar and occasionally executing to near flawless result.
Spectrum Culture
The album confirms West’s talent as a producer, but it doesn’t tell us anything new about him. However, it tells us a great deal about Kid Cudi, marking a kind of renaissance for an artist whose credit is still due.

Kids See Ghosts overall is a good album, and leaves the listener with a much better impression than last week’s Ye and 2016’s Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’, though it can be a frustrating listen.

FLOOD Magazine

The full story of Kanye’s Wyoming era isn’t yet told ... But his statements so far suggest that Kanye wants its legacy defined by playful experimentation and unpretentious intuition. Kids See Ghosts, both freewheeling and focused, suggests that he may indeed be on to something.

Rolling Stone

If Ye and Kids See Ghost are partially responses to bleeding-edge, teenager-approved modern rap music, it's pretty brave and fairly smart ... But the result feels more like when the Rolling Stones, Elton John or Robert Plant would make New Wave records in the early Eighties – it's cool, catchy, contemporary, but not exactly why we're here.

This is the best Kid Cudi has sounded... period

While it is pretty much the musical equivelant of a water color painting (yes the cover reflects this very well) It lacks any cohesion. HOWEVER much like ye which I literally despised until just today, I can see this growing into my AOTY

the production is THAT GOOD

Edit: 4 consecutive listens later this thing completely grabbed me

Edit 2: HOLY CRAP A 10
So I had the chance to visit Wyoming last summer, about a month after Kanye's Wyoming projects, during my road trip across the US. As a Canadian, I've been south of the border plenty of times to visit long-distance friends and family members. All I wanted was to have a great time with family and explore the great outdoors.

We spent 3 days and nights in Wyoming. It's a state that's both stunning and honestly dull. For the most part, you're just driving through empty plains with no one in sight ... read more
Craftsmen like Kanye West and Kid Cudi are two performers that you truly can't depict their supreme pinnacle of. The two of them have had enduring careers, dropping critically acclaimed albums left and right. Them collaborating, must mean greatness, and "KIDS SEE GHOSTS" satisfied that assertion, seemingly conveying a portion of their best exhibitions to date.

This short duo project was able to do a lot in it’s short run-time. With only 7 tracks, and 23 minutes of run-time, how ... read more
☆☆☆☆ 1/2

This album's release is so perfectly timed and honest to god poetic the more I think about it.

From admirers, to rivals, to brothers. It's a marvel to think about how these two have gotten here in their careers. This album couldn't of happened 10 years ago. They weren't spiritually ready.

But when they were, it was impossible not to fall in love with what they put together.

BEST: Feel The Love, Fire, 4th Dimension, Freeee (Ghost Town Pt. 2), Reborn, Kids See Ghosts, Cudi ... read more
It's good, but not nearly as good as what its current user score suggests.
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Track List

  1. Feel the Love
  2. Fire
  3. 4th Dimension (feat. Louis Prima)
  4. Freeee (Ghost Town, Pt. 2)
  5. Reborn
  6. Kids See Ghosts
  7. Cudi Montage
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Added on: April 20, 2018