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Kids See Ghosts
Genres Hip hop
Years active 2018 (2018)–present
Labels
Members Kanye West
Kid Cudi

Kids See Ghosts (stylized as KIDS SEE GHOSTS) is an American hip hop supergroup-duo composed of musicians Kanye West and Kid Cudi. The duo released their eponymous debut album, Kids See Ghosts, on June 8, 2018, through GOOD Music.[1]

History[edit]

In 2008, then-aspiring artist Kid Cudi caught the attention of rapper-producer Kanye West's A&R at the time, Plain Pat, who had initially met Cudi at a Def Jam meeting and picked up a copy of his demo.[2] Plain Pat went on to introduce Cudi's music to West, subsequently leading West to sign Cudi to his GOOD Music imprint later that year.[2] Following Cudi's signing to GOOD, he began heavily working with West. West first called upon Cudi to reference hooks for American rapper and mogul Jay-Z, and while in the studio Cudi and West went from working on The Blueprint 3 (2009) to West's R&B-esque fourth solo album, 808s & Heartbreak (2008).[3] Cudi’s assistance on the latter includes co-writing credits and/or vocals on "Heartless," "Welcome to Heartbreak," "Paranoid" and "RoboCop."[3] Kid Cudi proved to be a prominent songwriter and featured artist on 808s & Heartbreak, with "Paranoid" and "Heartless" being released as singles respectively, while "Welcome to Heartbreak" charted as an album cut and peaked at number 87 on the Pop 100.[4]

The two continued to work on Cudi's debut album Man on the Moon: The End of Day (2009), with West serving as an executive producer. West had also produced two songs, namely "Sky Might Fall", as well as the Common-assisted third single "Make Her Say", which West is also featured on. Cudi has contributed to every West album since 2008's 808s & Heartbreak, with their 2016 effort "Father Stretch My Hands", reaching the Top 40 of the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. After a brief fallout,[5][6] the two reconnected in late 2016, around the dissolution of West’s Saint Pablo Tour, which ended in him being hospitalized.[7][8][9] West abruptly canceled his Saint Pablo Tour and sought hospitalization for exhaustion in November 2016. West’s only two live appearances since have both been with Cudi, who also sought mental health treatment in the fall of 2016, for performances of “Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1” in November 2017 and February.[10] West, however, hasn't appeared on one of Cudi’s songs, or worked on any of his albums, since 2010's Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager.

On April 19, 2018, West announced via Twitter that a collaborative album with Kid Cudi would be released in June,[11] he followed the tweet revealing the name of the group, which also serves as title of their debut album, Kids See Ghosts.[12][13] On April 22, again via Twitter, West unveiled the album artwork, which was composed by Tokyo-based artist Takashi Murakami,[14] the duo were originally photographed with Murakami in July 2017.[15][16] On April 25, West revealed the album would be accompanied by a short film, directed by Dexter Navy, a music video director notable for his collaborations with The Neighbourhood and ASAP Rocky.[14][17] On June 8, their eponymous debut album was released following a live listening party.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
US
[18]
AUS
[19]
CAN
[20]
NOR
[21]
NZ
[22]
SWE
[23]
UK
[24]
Kids See Ghosts 2 4 3 3 3 13 7

Charted songs[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
[25]
US
R&B/HH

[26]
AUS
[27]
CAN
[28]
IRE
[29]
NZ
Heat.

[30]
SWE
Heat.

[31]
UK
[24]
"Feel the Love"
(featuring Pusha T)
2018 47 24 57 35 50 19 47 Kids See Ghosts
"Fire" 67 32 69 49 58
"4th Dimension"
(featuring Louis Prima)
42 21 46 27 49 1 20 46
"Freeee (Ghost Town, Pt. 2)"
(featuring Ty Dolla Sign)
62 30 72 58 66
"Reborn" 39 18 55 30 48 2 1 48
"Kids See Ghosts"
(featuring Yasiin Bey)
73 37 84 53 64
"Cudi Montage" 69 34 89 61 67

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kanye and Kid Cudi Release New Album Kids See Ghosts: Listen | Pitchfork". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 8 June 2018. 
  2. ^ a b "Kid Cudi's "Man On The Moon: The End Of Day" Influenced A Generation". 
  3. ^ a b "Kid Cudi". Complex. 2009-08-03. Archived from the original on April 27, 2013. Retrieved 2013-03-16. 
  4. ^ "Billboard Pop 100 Chart Positions". Billboard. Retrieved 2009-01-09. 
  5. ^ "Kid Cudi Puts Haters On Blast, Names Drake & Kanye West". 
  6. ^ "Kanye West Fires Back At Kid Cudi". 
  7. ^ "Kanye West At Saint Pablo Show In Houston: "Kid Cudi Is My Brother"". 
  8. ^ "Kanye West Dedicates 'Father Stretch My Hands' to Kid Cudi: Watch". 
  9. ^ "Kanye West brings out Kid Cudi in Sacramento - Rap Favorites". 20 November 2016. 
  10. ^ "What a Kanye West-Kid Cudi Joint Album Means to Hip-Hop". 
  11. ^ a b ""me and Cudi album June 8th" | KANYE WEST on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 19 April 2018. 
  12. ^ ""it's called Kids See Ghosts. That's the name of our group" | KANYE WEST on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 19 April 2018. 
  13. ^ a b "Kanye West Announces New Album With Kid Cudi". Spin. 19 April 2018. Retrieved 19 April 2018. 
  14. ^ a b "Kanye West Teases Takashi Murakami-Inspired 'Kids See Ghosts' Art - XXL". XXL Mag. 
  15. ^ "Kanye West & Kid Cudi Pay a Visit to Takashi Murakami's Tokyo Studio". 
  16. ^ "Takashi Murakami Talks 'Kids See Ghosts' Album Art and New Uniqlo Collaboration". Complex. 
  17. ^ "Kanye West Reveals Kid Cudi Collab Will Be Accompanied By Short Film". 
  18. ^ a b Caulfield, Keith (June 18, 2018). "Kids See Ghosts & Dierks Bentley Debut in Top 3 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart". Billboard. Retrieved June 19, 2018. 
  19. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 50 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. June 18, 2018. Retrieved June 16, 2018. 
  20. ^ "Canadian Albums Chart: June 23, 2018". Billboard. Retrieved June 19, 2018. 
  21. ^ "VG-lista – Topp 40 Album uke 24, 2018". VG-lista. Retrieved June 16, 2018. 
  22. ^ "NZ Top 40 Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. June 18, 2018. Retrieved June 15, 2018. 
  23. ^ "Sverigetopplistan – Sveriges Officiella Topplista". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved June 15, 2018.  Click on "Veckans albumlista".
  24. ^ a b "Kids See Ghosts | full Official Chart history". Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 16, 2018. 
  25. ^ "Music: Top 100 Songs – June 23, 2018". Billboard. Retrieved June 19, 2018. 
  26. ^ "Top Hip-Hop Songs / R&B Songs Chart – June 23, 2018". Billboard. Retrieved June 19, 2018. 
  27. ^ "ARIA Chart Watch #477". auspOp. June 16, 2018. Retrieved June 16, 2018. 
  28. ^ "Canadian Music: Top 100 Songs – June 23, 2018". Billboard. Retrieved June 19, 2018. 
  29. ^ "IRMA – Irish Charts". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved June 16, 2018. 
  30. ^ "NZ Heatseeker Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. June 18, 2018. Retrieved June 15, 2018. 
  31. ^ Peaks on the Swedish Heatseeker chart:

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