‘Man on the Moon’ takes Cudi to new heights
The “man on the moon,” Kid Cudi reaches new highs on his sophomore studio album, “Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager.” Cudder’s first album “Man on the Moon: End of Day” had commercial success with the breakout hit, “Day ‘n’ Night,” landing him among the most revered in hip-hop today.
The first release off the new album, “Erase Me,” featuring Kanye West, was released Aug. 24, and debuted at No. 22 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song, which is seemingly the only commercial attempt on the album, talks about an ex-girlfriend trying to erase Cudi from her life. But his superstardom makes it impossible.
“‘Cause I’m in the magazines, on the TV/No matter where you are, you might hear me/I’m in the magazines, on the TV/ No matter where you go you might see me,” he taunts.
The rest of the album gives commercialism and convention the finger with a haunting infusion of hip-hop bass, muffled guitar and psychedelic sounds uncommon on most rap albums. Cudi is like the Pied Piper of Hamelin, leading his listeners on a journey to another world. He explores the ups and downs of the rock star lifestyle, focusing on the dark thoughts that consume his mind after the fun is over, and Kid Cudi, the superstar, returns to his true form, Scott Mescudi, the human being.
“Scott Mescudi vs. The World,” featuring Cee Lo Green, opens the LP and the doors to Cudi’s psyche.
“Lost in the wind, I’ve lost all my friends/Maybe they were never meant to be acquainted/Money seems to make everything tainted/Everybody mad cuz they stuck.”
On “These Worries,” featuring the queen of R& B, Mary J. Blige, Cudder evokes his demons.
“All alone trying to hide from the shadows/Ain’t no use, it seems everywhere they follow/They know where I be at, in my mind tryna get me.”
As the song progresses, the heavy beats are joined by a collage of sounds that make the track sound like it could be part of a horror movie score. He also alludes to his cocaine use after Blige sings the chorus.
“These worries are heavy, they rest on my shoulders…,” she sings. Cudi, while feeling tortured by restless spirits, shows he is still trying to find the light in the dark.
“Life is like that, beat me up and I’ll fight right back/Poof poof be gone, I see the devil linger on/Yea stuck in my hell, writing my mom, and I ain’t doing so well/Lord let me in, I feel like he’s my only friend.”
When times get rough, Cudi likes to take a puff. It is apparent in all his music, his number one girl is Mary Jane, even after his affair with cocaine. The Kid caught a felony possession of a controlled substance charge, and pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine. He only had to complete two days of community service.
Cudi made sure to express his passion for his main squeeze in “Marijuana.”
He talks about how wonderful she is over a bed of dreamlike beats. There’s a beautiful guitar solo in the middle of the song unlike anything you would hear on a rap album. Cudi’s attention to detail is apparent on this track, ending it at the 4:20 mark (four minutes, twenty seconds).
“The Legend of Mr. Rager,” though dark is a tragically beautiful album for Kid Cudi fans new and old. His nonconformity and barrier-breaking sound coupled with his smooth, raspy tone quality is genius in the least.
Kid Cudi has staked his flag in the music scene, showing the man on the moon isn’t coming down for a long time.