Kid Cudi

Been dumped? Going through heavy stuff? Hate your life in general? Just having a bad day? Everyone has those times and when there’s no hard liquor around, waterworks are the next best solution.

Go to work, open your iTunes, and play this song continuously at the lowest volume possible. It’s been a few months, and you don’t feel any more fulfilled. In fact, your condition is worsening. You wake up every morning with a dull ache in your heart, the one you feel when you know something is over.

Last week, the Internet went nuts over the discovery of Chet Haze, Tom Hanks’ son and, apparently, a frat boy rapper supreme. Chet’s newly released “White and Purple (Northwestern Remix),” a version of Wiz Khalifa’s ubiquitous “Black and Yellow,” is a college-themed ode to Northwestern University, where he’s currently a student and minor campus celebrity.

It’s the work of a craftsman, a perfectionist whose attention to detail is evident in each drum pattern, each orchestral arrangement, each background vocal. Musically, the songs, especially gems like “Gorgeous” (featuring Kid Cudi and Raekwon) and “Lost In The World” (featuring Bon Iver), are layered in ways that we don’t expect from rap music.