New York, NY — Grammy Award winner KID CUDI and two time Grammy nominated producer Dot da Genius [“Day N’ Nite”] will introduce the world to WZRD [Universal Republic Records], their collaborative rock inspired concept album available in stores and through digital retailers on February 28, 2012.
The duo, who produced the self-titled album, has crafted an unrestrained and undeniable alternative record, which takes flight on spacey production, airy synths, and CUDI‘s inimitable hypnotic hum.
“We’re just trying to push the envelope and put people up on a new sound. Each band has their sound, and WZRD is something that’s very ground-roots,” stated Kid Cudi.
The first two singles, “Brake” and “Teleport 2 Me, Jamie”, became available on iTunes January 31st, and instantly pulled listeners into WZRD‘s audio galaxy. “Brake” shows another side of this diverse and dynamic performer, conjuring visual and vibrant space rock. Floating through a gorgeous haze of keyboards and guitars, “Teleport 2 Me, Jamie” immediately entranced fans and press alike.
In a 4.5 out of 5 star review, ARTISTdirect.com lauded “Teleport 2 Me, Jamie” calling it “another genre-bending masterpiece from alternative music’s most daring sonic sorcerer” and naming WZRD, “one of the most anticipated albums of 2012”.
It follows up CUDI’s unanimously acclaimed second album, MAN ON THE MOON II: THE LEGEND OF MR. RAGER, which USA Today called, “so compelling”, People Magazine raved, “it rewards with repeat plays”, and Entertainment Weekly claimed, “No other major-label rapper in 2010 is pushing boundaries in quite the same way”. The album debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top 200 and to date has sold over 490,000 copies on its way to gold this year. His first album MAN ON THE MOON: THE END OF DAY has reached certified gold by the RIAA. The album’s reception, both critical and commercial, proved Cudi’s debut as a “game-changer in hip-hop” according to music industry legend Sylvia Rhone. To this date, Cudi has sold over 4.6 million singles worldwide and 1.3 mobiletones.
However, boundaries are gone and WZRD is born. WZRD lands on the scene February 28th and is bound to take hold for a long time to come.
Kid Cudi And Dot Da Genius
“Teleport 2 Me Jamie “
G.O.O.D. Music/Universal Republic Records
WZRD Track listing:
1. The Arrival
2 High Off Life
3. The Dream Time Machine
4. Love Hard
5. Live & Learn
7. Teleport 2 Me, Jamie Feat. Desire
8. Where Did You Sleep Last Night?
10. Dr. Pill
11. Upper Room