Release date: April 16, 2013
Photography: Nabil Elderkin
Art direction: Scott "Kid Cudi" Mescudi
Labels: Wicked Awesome, GOOD, Republic

An explosion always suggests an event, and Kid Cudi's newest album-a hybrid of styles untouched by most others in hip-hop-is no exception. Gilded by an elegant gold frame worthy of the Met, the proportions of the album's scale are only heightened to larger, more dramatic heights. Perhaps the detonation is the precursor to the album's first track, "The Resurrection of Scott Mescudi," or maybe it's meant to symbolize his blast-off in "The Flight of the Moon Man." Whatever the case, with fire and force, Cudi lets us know that something big is happening here, and that we'd best pay attention.