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Album Review: Kid Cudi – “Man On The Moon: The End Of Day” (Archives)

I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything, but I’m back. On November 9th, one of my favorite artists will be releasing his sophomore album Man On The Moon II: The Legend Of Mr. Rager. I’ve decided to post the review I wrote for his debut album Man On The Moon: The End of Day mostly for archival purposes, but also as a teaser for the new release. I’ll be writing a review for the new album next week. There is a lot of great hip-hop music dropping this month and some must have books too (expect a post on that soon). Until then, check out my review and if you don’t already have this album.. pick up a copy before the new album comes out on the 9th!

Previously: Album Review: Drake – “Thank Me Later”

Related: Leaders of the New School – The Truth League

Rating Scale is as follows:

βββββ – Classic (i.e. “Forever” Music)

ββββ – Superior (i.e. “Good” Music)

βββ – Average (i.e. “Typical” Music)

ββ – Needs Work (i.e. “Save Your Money” Music)

β – Garbage (i.e. Hot Garbage)

Review after the jump…

Artist: Kid Cudi
Album: Man on the Moon: End of Day
Rating: ββββ (4 out of 5)
Logic:

“Long before we know ourselves, our paths are already set in stone. Some may never figure out their purpose in life and some will. There are a lot of us who are caught up in this hell we all live in. Content with being blinded by rules and judgement. We live in a world where it’s more okay to follow than to lead…. this is the story of a young man, who not only believed in himself, but his dreams too. This is the story of the Man on the Moon…” – Common from “In My Dreams”

From the late 90’s to present day, rap music has reached a level of commercial success never dreamed possible in it’s beginning stages by those both inside and outside the culture. Over the last few years there has been an ongoing discussion (and not a new one, see Common’s “I Used to Love H.E.R.) on whether this success has killed hip-hop culture and reduced it to some sort of lost art form. However those who truly understand and love hip-hop, or any culture for that matter, realize that it must evolve and grow. Despite all the garbage present in the game today, below the surface there is a new generation of rappers with something to say.

On his debut album “Man on the Moon: End of Day”, Kid Cudi proves himself to be one of the leaders of the new school. With production credits going mostly to those inside his camp (Emile & Plain Pat), Cudi delivers an emotionally conscious LP that lyrically and sonically sets himself apart from the rest in his class.

“Man on the Moon” is divided into 5 Acts, with narration by Common. Cudi begins the album with “Soundtrack 2 My Life”, a raw and candid track produced by Emile, he details the trials and tribulations in his past and present. This theme is prevalent throughout the album on tracks like “Solo Dolo (Nightmare)”, “Day & Night”, and “My World”. However, the realness that Cudi displays in his music is what makes this album great. Especially in todays environment with many artists portraying to be something they are not. Other stand out tracks include the 3rd single “Pursuit of Happiness” and “Hyyerr” a weed song that has a harmonized melodic hook very reminiscent of a group from his hometown of Cleveland. Not to be forgotten is the Kanye West produced “Sky Might Fall”, which vies for one of my favorite songs off the album.

Despite all of the highs (no pun intended) on the album there are a few tracks that disrupt the flow of the concept. Although great songs, “Make Her Say” (another favorite) and “Enter Galactic” don’t follow the theme . Even though Cudi did not deliver a classic album his first go ‘round, he did provide an album full of next level music which fuses alternative rock, hip-hop, and occasionally R&B. He might not be one of the best rappers/lyricist of his generation, but one can’t deny his spot amongst the great artists we have in hip-hop today. “Dream on…”

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  1. November 1, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    Great review. Cudi is definitely one of the best in the game today. I didn’t like his music when I first heard it, thinking that the beats were wack. After listening to them 100 times, I had a change of heart and he’s now one of my favorite rappers. It’s a shame that he quit rapping though.

  2. Entelleckt
    November 24, 2010 at 1:45 am

    I definitely enjoy Cudi as well as your writing style.

    @Marwan hopefully quitting rap just means he won’t be boxed in by the genre.

  3. November 24, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    @Entellect Thanks

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