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QUICKSPINS: Kid Cudi – Man On The Moon III: The Chosen

Kid Cudi’s final piece of the Man On The Moon trilogy is the best work he’s released in years

Kid Cudi is back with one of his most solid solo albums in four years, and closes out the trilogy that is Man On The Moon on a strong note.

The production on his album is reminiscent of the first two Man On The Moon entries while seeing Cudi adjust to the sound of the modern rap scene. Indeed, we can see Cudi hopping on more contemporary beats, especially in the first leg of the record, specifically on songs like “Tequila Shots” and “Damaged.” He even raps over a drill type beat in the song “Show Out,” featuring the late Pop Smoke and British rapper Skepta, who delivers a high energy verse.

Although Cudi hops on trendier sounds, he sticks to his roots and his signature sound with some distorted vocals on a couple of tracks like “The Void” and “Sept. 16.” He also raps on some atmospheric beats that fit well the sound of the entire trilogy.

Lyrically, the usual themes of substance abuse, trying to find himself and battling his inner demons come up on the record, but this time there is more hope and light than on other albums; as shown on the track “Lovin’ Me,” where Cudi says lyrics like “Our pasts don’t matter, babe, I’m much stronger/And fly much farther, soar overseas/Finally see, I’ll keep on climbing/Ridin’ the lightning and I am sure,” meaning that despite his hard and difficult past, he now sees the light and feels like he could accomplish anything. This song features indie star Phoebe Bridgers and is a beautiful song which finds Cudi and Bridgers on the path of self-love and acceptance. The song also has an infectious beat and the best chorus of the album.

This album sees Cudi rapping more than on the previous two Man On The Moon entries while still keeping his classic singing hooks and legendary humming. 

He also shows that he is capable of using different flows especially on tracks like “Heaven On Earth” and “She Knows This,” which see Cudi rapping about partying with a girl and living a hell of a life. A smooth beat switch that accelerates the tempo happens in the middle of the song and it really intensifies the party vibes of the song to a point where I was left wondering if Cudi lost control of himself.

Ten years after the second Man On The Moon, Kid Cudi offers us this gorgeous experience with every song strengthening the message and aesthetic; resulting in one of his best albums to date.


Score: 8/10

Trial track: Lovin’ Me

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QUICKSPINS: Kid Cudi – Man on the Moon: The End of Day

Re-visiting Kid Cudi’s genre-defying, generation-defining major label debut

In an era when hip-hop was in dire need of innovation, Kid Cudi’s major label debut arrived right on time. Presenting a unique soundscape, blending elements of hip-hop, indie rock, psychedelia, and electronica, Cudi released an album that was both genre and generation-defining.

In the late 2000s, hip hop was fully commercialized. Major labels were chasing high-charting hits that doubled as top-selling ringtones. Many of the genre’s active legends were either chasing a radio-friendly sound or failing to evolve at all. Man on the Moon challenged that, containing hit singles like “Day n’ Nite” and “Pursuit of Happiness” that were massively successful without sacrificing Cudi’s signature sound or watering down his content.

While those singles went platinum, the album’s biggest strength is its cohesiveness from intro to outro. The album’s opener, “In My Dreams (Cudder Anthem)” is a hazy, mellow introduction that plays like the opening scene to a movie – complete with narration from legendary Chicago MC Common. This narration continues throughout the project, breaking up its five acts and guiding us through the cinematic story of the Man on the Moon.

The story is one of Scott Mescudi, an outcast dealing with suicidal thoughts, drug abuse, relationships, and an overwhelming feeling of loneliness. Throughout the entirety of the album’s runtime, Cudi displays a refreshing honesty and vulnerability that was uncommon in a genre that was well-known for its bravado. It was a breath of fresh air, and its impact is still being felt to this day.


Trial Track: Soundtrack 2 My Life

Star Bar: “Ignorance to cope, man, ignorance is bliss / Ignorance is love and I need that sh*t” (Cudi on “Soundtrack 2 My Life”)


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Kid Cudi – Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’

Kid Cudi – Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’ (Republic Records, 2016)

Kid Cudi’s latest album, Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’, is better than Speedin’ Bullet 2 Heaven which was his painfully awful attempt at punk rock. While this new album is better, that’s not saying much. If you’re a fan of someone moaning for an hour and a half, I’d highly recommend this album. However, if you’re looking for some substance, you might want to look somewhere else. In terms of sound, the album takes on the new hip-hop trend of atmospheric and moody beats. These soundscapes sound good at first but are repeated and looped throughout almost every song and they get old quick. It’s hard to differentiate the songs on this album as Kid Cudi offers no change in his cadence. It’s as if Cudi just went in the booth, hummed the same melody for a few hours and then left.

Trial Track: “Frequency”


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