23. Kid Cudi f/ Haim "Red Eye"
Producer: Mescudi, Hit-Boy
Label: Wicked Awesome,GOOD,Republic
Kid Cudi is at his best when he's wearing his heart on his sleeve, and on his latest album, Indicud, "Red Eye," is the standout. Handling production and back-up vocals himself, the Cleveland wild child recruited indie-rock sisters act Haim to sing the sort of pained, introspective lyrics we've come to expect from him—a nice, perspective-changing twist. With no rap verse, the tension peaks around the 2:31 mark, when there's a breakdown in the beat, and twenty seconds later, Cudi bursts into song: "Things get crazy, and I feel l'm losing my mind baby." Not hip-hop, not rock, something right in between. Right where Cudi belongs. —Joe La Puma