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Review: Kid Cudi’s “INSANO: NITRO MEGA” from a biased Cudi fan

The follow-up album builds on the original album, offering creativity and new sounds.
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Iqbal Singh
Experience the genius of Kid Cudi’s latest album, ‘INSANO: NITRO MEGA,’ as it takes listeners on a journey of nostalgia and innovation. A blend of spacey sounds, electrifying collaborations, and mind-melting production awaits

 Kid Cudi’s latest album “Insano: Nitro Mega,” released as a follow-up to “Insano,” showcases a significant step forward in quality and creativity, eclipsing everything from his last project.

  “Human Made,” the first song on the deluxe, immediately sets the tone of the album. It showcases familiar spacey-sounds that fans who have grown to love Cudi’s art over the years will appreciate.

  This album reminded me of earlier projects Cudi has made like “Man on the Moon I” or “WZRD The feeling those albums gave off shows up heavily on the song “Diamonds Lights Fast Cars” which features Cudi’s first ever collaboration with artist Wiz Khalifa. 

  The electrifying collaboration between Kid Cudi and legendary lyricist Chip tha Ripper returns on Nitro Mega, a highlight that was missing from the last Insano project. If you’re familiar with his tracks, you’ll know they typically steal the spotlight on Cudi albums, and that holds true again on this one.

  I genuinely laughed out loud at the duo’s comedic freestyle on “Willis.” I feel that the track captured a sound and vibe that only Kid Cudi can produce. Its mind-melting production and refreshing blend of humor showcases Cudi’s indisputable versatility.

“Dose of Dopeness” was an unexpected feature, but a delight to see. The nostalgic feeling that radiates from this song is amazing and listening to it brought me back to my wired earbud days.

  Nitro Mega just seems more organically connected to Cudi’s core fans. It presents better and more creatively placed features and effectively serves its purpose as a “concert album.”

  This review alone isn’t able to capture the genius of this project. All I can say is this album was an enjoyable listening experience and I urge you to find out for yourself.

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