The 50 Best Songs of 2012

40. Kid Cudi f/ King Chip "Just What I Am"

Album: Indicud
Producer: Kid Cudi
Label: G.O.O.D. Music, Universal Republic

After doing the rock band thing with Dot da Genius as WZRD, Kid Cudi left his fans with an unquenchable thirst for some straight-up rhymes. And that's just what they got from the Cleveland native on "Just What I Am," a return to form for an MC who makes being emotionally fucked up sound like so much damn fun.

Skimming through this woozy burner would lead you to believe it's just another weed anthem from Cudder. But take a second to dissect what he's saying in his verse—which follows King Chip's killer opening bars—and you'll hear the pain and torment in his words. It's a clever trick and one that allows the listener to fully appreciate a cut that's both an easily digestible earworm and a soul-baring audio journal. — AM

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