In reality, it was not 808's leaking into Cudi, but vice versa.
But hip-hop has rarely ventured into the realms of utter emoness.
Soundwise, the album is a spacious, reflective work that seems to invoke the kind of calmness that one normally feels when listening to calm ambient music. His latest album, Man on the Moon: The End of Day Talk about fear, paranoia, and the usual.
Man on the Moon is, loosely speaking, a concept album, divided into a series of “acts” that add up to 15 songs and just shy of an hour, but unless you really want to take the time to absorb Common’s periodic narration, you don’t need to concern yourself with the narrative arc; basically, all you need to do is settle in for a lot of thudding, vaguely ominous-sounding backing tracks, running from one to the next behind Cudi’s perpetually sleepy flow. Amazing debut. What's this? This silly game we play.
In My Dreams (Cudder Anthem) – - 3.75/5 2.) November 7, 2010.
Man on the Moon was so serious. CuDi's lyrics, though, still carry a wince-inducing "Bill and Ted" ring to them.
Hey, why not follow him at Twitter while you're at it? KiD CuDi: Man On The Moon (The End of Day) (Album Review) by Rakeem Johnson September 17, 2009 May 18, 2010 4 .
Cudi is obviously not a master of rhymes, but his true talent lies in connecting with listeners through the subject matters of his verses. ), but there are a handful of tracks worth cherry-picking via the online retailer of your choice. On the other hand, given how often he uses monotonous melodies, and double-tracks his vocals on top of them, you may actually pine for a little Auto-Tune, which is Man‘s biggest problem — it takes some really nifty, attentive production and wastes it on songs that, by and large, didn’t deserve the effort. This album is a masterpiece, a true blending of styles that culminate in something that does not belong in the world of gangster rap. Really liked this on first listen, the drums are great, and I have a fealing that I'll be listening to it a lot as it seems to be a huge grower. His outside of the box style along with his metaphoric and honest lyrics make this album a must have.
I have a feeling that I'll be listening to this for a long time. Cudi would like to think this record is critic-proof, or at least that's what I cull from his decision to paraphrase the "there will always be somebody who will shoot down any dream" line from Kanye's "Bring Me Down".
In fact, more of the aforementioned would be welcomed over these two pieces.
Kanye's new album is gonna blow this shit out of the water. Kanye West's 808s and Heartbreak was undoubtedly a divisive record, but a rare one where it felt like both sides were essentially making the same argument: We care about it because it was made by Kanye West.
Cudi’s downcast confessional bent has prompted some to peg his music as “emo rap,” which isn’t far from the mark, I guess — although you won’t hear any Chris Carrabba-style screaming in Man on the Moon.
Man on the Moon: The End of Day by Kid Cudi Album Review by 6xPlatinum Released 15 September 2009 58:33 in length 1.) But the music is brighter: "Erase Me" is a chugging guitar-rock song with a big, slick chorus that could have sat comfortably on late-90s alt-rock radio. When Cudi does talk about bitches and being number one, his emotional weakness enhances the believability that he truly needs to be loved and well received, that being truly happy means conquering all. Lyrically, the album loses a tad of momentum. Thematically, Mr. Rager is most compelling when it leaves behind moping alone in your room for moping while you're out on the town-- being a coked-up asshole.
It would be numbing enough on its own, but nearly every 30 seconds there's some terrifyingly underwritten lyric to jolt you into sharp pangs of embarrassment. The problem is how these two impulses feed off each other in all the wrong ways, with Cudi inverting the songwriting process so that a supposed pursuit of honesty is rendered predatory and manipulative.
Review: Kid Cudi, Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager. “Soundtrack 2 My Life” is the pinnacle of the concept and the absolute album standout.
Receives First-Ever Commercial Release: Stream, Ranking: Every Bruce Springsteen Album from Worst to Best, Rudy Giuliani Caught on Camera Attempting to Seduce Borat's "15-Year-Old Daughter", R.I.P. His hooks have a way of burrowing into your brain-- you already know the deal with "Day 'N' Nite", and "Simple As..." bears a strange resemblance to "Semi-Charmed Life" but damn if I'll be able to forget it any time soon. Pitchfork is the most trusted voice in music. going to listen the fuck out of this when i get home, yes awesome review, not feeling what people are saying about this being disappointing too much, Album Rating: 3.5this rules, i've decided.
- But hip-hop has rarely ventured into the realms of utter emoness.
Pitchfork is the most trusted voice in music. For hip-hop and even blog this is groundbreaking, but after 6 songs of this it got downright annoying. But what's most frustrating of all is that Cudi can make Man on the Moon feel like a missed opportunity instead of a non-starter. Kid Cudi’s take on hip-hop hedonism has as its purpose the escape from one’s own fears and neuroses. Album Rating: 4.0One of the best reviews I've ever read, spot-on. (It also features a Kanye verse that ends with a ridiculous "diarrhea" pun.) If you are a fan of hip hop you would know that this is different than most in this genre but that's what makes it such a great album.
Cudi turns out to be that rarest of rap phenomena: a hyped upstart who really does represent a promising new phase in the genre's evolution.
But more than just detailed and complicated mourning, the heart-on-his-sleeve status puts Cudi in a league of his own, where other rappers (like the aforementioned greats of HOV and West) attempt to utilize to better their own album sales.
I look for peace, but see, I don't attain
On "REVOFEV", he dispenses aw-shucks big-brother wisdom like, "Things might get tough/ No need to stress," over a tumble of piano chords and acid-rock guitar. Notable Video Game Releases: New and Upcoming, What to Watch Now on HBO Max and the HBO App, Music title data, credits, and images provided by, Movie title data, credits, and poster art provided by. Cruelest of all, the album goes a long ways towards redeeming itself with its final two tracks-- "Hyyerrr" nods to the haziest productions from DJ U-Neek while "Up Up & Away" unabashedly makes its alt-rock intentions known with jarringly optimistic acoustic guitars. By.
This probably isn’t the best week for a Kanye West protege to drop his debut full-length album, but don’t feel too badly for Kid Cudi — with a couple of hit singles (the ubiquitous “Day ‘N’ Nite” and brilliantly crude “Make Her Say”) and one of the most heavily buzzed-about releases of the fourth quarter, he didn’t need to worry about any controversies dogging his label chief.
As a member of Kanye's revolving door of creative inspiration, he has proven himself to be indispensable. Then, of course, there’s parts like the rather abrupt line of “Shut your outh or I’ll fuck it” from “Cudi Zone”.
… Production was handled by several record producers, including Cudi, Kanye West, Emile Haynie, Plain Pat, No I.D., Dot da Genius and Jeff Bhasker, among others.
", Probably the best debut album i have ever heard, Kid Cudi and his team (Emile, Pain Pat & Dot Da Genius) can't do no wrong. “Pursuit of Happiness” feels cutesy in parts with a simplistic piano part but washes over the song with Gospel quality during the chorus. Until Kid Cudi.
i dunno if ill check this out. Too much of Man on the Moon feels like you’re trapped in an elevator with a guy who won’t stop telling you about his problems. It isn’t until “Enter Galactic”, a funky extraterrestrial love jam, that sounds begin to stand out. This album truly is a classic, it's a breath of fresh air that the industry has needed. In order to turn Man on the Moon: The End of Day into a platinum seller, all he had to do was turn in a halfway decent record.
of “Enter Galactic,” and the album gets off a nice, solid closing run with its last five tracks, starting with “Cudi Zone,” which features a synth string section that makes a case for Cudi as the David Foster of hip-hop. From its bombastic title to Common's annoying narration, Man on the Moon vies for both a bigger pop platform and indie credibility. It is a.
Man on the Moon is the rare record in 2009 that's beating sales expectations), but then we might just end up with more songs like "Enter Galactic" and "Make Her Say", the "Poker Face" remake where Cudi, 'Ye, and Common play misogynistically against type for laughs and somehow make you feel bad for Lady Gaga.
Rap can be a big pissing contest between grown men, and it seems they want to be on top because seemingly that is the point to being a rapper.
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Even with "Stapleton Sex" and "Gihad" making the rounds recently, it's probably still the most noxious sex rap I've managed to hear in some time.
Hip-Hop music relies not on the vocal talent of the artist (the artist is essentially talking, after all), but on the ability to communicate meaning to the patron. The last act of the album is called New Beginning; it consists of “Hyyerr”, which sounds like someone dragged the needle on an old Twista song, and “Up, Up, & Away”, where Cudi raps over something Blur might throw together (turns out this isn’t as good as it sounds). One of the best all-time hip hop debut albums, up there with "The College Dropout", "Reasonable Doubt", and "Doggystyle".
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