Kid Cudi ft. Chip Tha Ripper – “Hyyerr”
The penultimate track on Kid Cudi’s 2009 debut Man on the Moon: The End of Day, “Hyyerr” is a visual tapestry packaged into R&B samples and hard bass. While the subject matter is far from artistic, the manner in which the narrative unfolds is surprisingly genius. The listener can vividly picture each verse, requiring no music video or herbal enhancements to identify with both rappers and their mental state of being. Chip Tha Ripper’s vocals are as soothing as the strings that lace each bar, giving a natural high just from listening to him speak. The manner in which he draws out syllables in each line also allows for the listener to linger in each visual, making the 3-minute song feel like a sweet eternity. Cudi’s verse, in stark contrast, comes at a rapid-fire pace, but is still made smooth with the mellow timbre of his voice.
“Hyyerr” is a song that begs for a repeat, as the ride is far too short when the final note draws to a close. There is nothing revolutionary about each verse or the repetition of the chorus. Rather, the brilliance of the song is in its intoxicating atmosphere and production. If you missed this track in 2009, it bears listening today.
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