#2. Kid Cudi & Dot Da Genius - WZRD
Label: Wicked Awesome/HeadBanga Muzik/Universal Republic
Release Date: January 30
Likelihood Of Release: 80%
Kid Cudi rose to prominence by creating his own lane. His formula of sing-rapping over rock and pop-infused beats was atypical in hip-hop, and as he's grown into his sound he's continued to experiment even more. We expect that his punk-rock influenced WZRD project with Dot Da Genius will see Cudi fusing the most reliable aspects of his work thus far with new sounds like the electric guitar—which he only started playing about a year ago. It's a risky move, but Cudi's eclectic taste and willingness to take risks is what made us such big fans in the first place.