15 of the Best Lyrics From Kanye West and Kid Cudi’s ‘Kids See Ghosts’ Album
Fans of Kanye West and Kid Cudi had been waiting a decade for this moment: a full-project that features the two highly influential artists joining forces with some fresh, ahead-of-the-curve music. And that album has arrived in the form of Kids See Ghosts, which attempts to recapture the magic the duo found on Yeezy's 2008 album, 808s & Heartbreak.
Kanye West found a kindred spirit in Kid Cudi after discovering the Ohio native's A Kid Named Cudi mixtape in 2008. He took the budding talent under his wing, welcoming him into the G.O.O.D. Music family. Cudi is the creative muse for 808s & Heartbreak—his aesthetic fingerprints are all over the game-changing album. From there, he broke out as a star in his own right, making his major label debut in 2009 with Man on the Moon: The End of Day and continuing to work with Kanye on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Yeezus, The Life of Pablo and Ye.
While Kanye and Cudi's relationship has had its share of ups and downs, the two have not allowed their personal issues and differences to get in the way of their friendship and musical partnership, both of which appear to be stronger than ever with the release of Kids See Ghost. The project features contributions by Louis Prima, Pusha-T, Yasiin Bey, André 3000, Ty Dolla $ign and Dot da Genius.
"We’re here creating in real time just having fun," Kanye tweeted today, of the recent G.O.O.D. Music albums that he's produced. "I hear the albums blasting out of the cars when I walk down the street. Kids come up to me and tell me their favorite songs. We’re experimenting with new sounds structures and ideas."
XXL sifted through Kids See Ghosts to handpick 15 of the best lyrics from the seven-track album.
"We not worried 'bout no other niggas, we them other niggas/You bust down a Rollie, I bust down a brick, then I flood it, nigga/I am not to be compared to you rappers, Eazy-Duz-It, nigga/I am more Eazy, you tryin’ your best to become me, nigga" —Pusha-T
"Buy her bundles, fly her out/Bring her friend, I try her out/Ain’t no worries findin' out/The details is ironed-out/Easily they plays along/Hopin' that I play a song/Love to fuck to trap music/Dope money just came along" —Pusha-T
"You ain't got nothin' better to do with yourself/I done proved to myself, back on that rulin’ myself/I got new news to tell, act like you knew you done failed/Only true know how I feel" —Kanye West
"And only if you knew how I felt/Sniffed a lil' bootch off the nail/Through with mixed-messages, through with the mail/Only a few in the field, little bit off for the real" —Kanye West
"It's so many days I prayed to God/All this pain I couldn't seem to find a way/On a mission livin', carry on/Got my family, I'm seein' through by the days/Never late, pull up a seat and come grab a plate/Check the date, let 'em hate/This the type shit that they couldn’t make" —Kid Cudi
"It feels so good it should cost/Bought an alligator, I ain't talkin' Lacoste/Made me say, "ooh, uh"/Like I'm mixing Master P and Rick Ross" —Kanye West
"She seem to make me always feel like a boss/She said I'm in the wrong hole, I said I'm lost/She said I'm going too fast, I'm exhausted/Now drop to your knees for the offering" —Kanye West
"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 ghost of the Rolls, Ric Flair on your bitch" —Kid Cudi
"But you don't hear me though/Drama: We let it go/Watch the guitars roll and let your friends know/Now this the theme song, this the theme song/They put the beams on, get your, get your dream on" —Kid Cudi
"I was off the chain/I was often drained/I was off the meds, I was called insane/What a awesome thing/Engulfed in shame/I want all the rain/I want all the pain/I want all the smoke, I want all the blame/Cardio audio, let me jog your brain" —Kanye West
"I had my issues, ain't that much I could do/But peace is something that starts with me, with me/At times, wonder my purpose/Easy then to feel worthless/But, peace is something that starts with me" —Kid Cudi
"Same thing, in a room/Sittin' by myself, findin' heaven soon/Many things that will trouble you/Look beyond for a feelin' like you never knew/Reachin' out, huntin' for the truth/I guessin' I'm just sick of runnin'/All this time searching hard for somethin'/I can hear the angels comin'" —Kid Cudi
"I like breakfast in bed/But I love breakfast and head/For anybody who said that I was better off dead/Told 'em, 'Don't ever believe nothin' that you ever read'/Got a Bible by my bed/Oh yes, I'm very Christian/Constantly repentin' 'cause yes, I never listen/Don't like bein' questioned and don't like bein' less than/Any competition in any of my professions/So I gotta guess then/I gotta stay the best man" —Kanye West
"Always thought you'd make it but damn now you hella known/Let's address some topics that I can embellish on/How we made enough bread for us to put some relish on/I'ma relish on the fact vibin' on the future/Ultralight building in the building by amateur" —Kanye West
"Everybody want world peace/'Til your niece get shot in the dome piece/Then you go and buy your own piece/Hopin' it'll help you find your own peace/Bring light to what they don't see/Auntie cryin' on the concrete/Talkin' to dispatcher when the phone beep" —Kanye West