Kid Cudi Revisits The Man On The Moon
"Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager" attempts to reshape the already bold and original sound of Kid Cudi, with help from featured artists such as Kanye West, Mary J. Blige and Chip tha Ripper.
Scott Ramon Seguro Mescudi (Kid Cudi) gained attention after "Day 'n' Nite" reached the top five list in 2009's Billboard Hot 100.
Kid Cudi's first album depicted his sensitive side. "We're sitting in this really nice restaurant," said the 26-year-old. "and i just wasted a whole plate of fries, when some kid in Africa would love to have maybe, like, five of them."
And though Kid Cudi preferred to dwell in depressing matters, he knew not to weigh his audience down.
"We had to add some more energetic songs," said Cudi, "so that people don't feel like they're listening to a slit-your-wrists album."
Cudi takes a new direction as compared to the dark, dizzying and electric feel of "The End of Day," which included the intoxicating hit “Pursuit of Happiness.”
Instead, he moves to an edgy, progressive blend of 90’s-style rap mixed with rock and the unconventional background effects Cudi is recognized for.
Cudi structures the album like a story: a journey into the world of an artist pushing for success amidst the dangers of drugs and in the struggles in his own head.
In the standout song “Erase Me,” Kanye West and Cudi pair up in a rap/sing style coupled with bold guitar rifts, showing listeners a more mature and melancholy side of the artist that brought us the pumping, club-heavy beats of “Day N’ Nite.”
As the epic saga of the man on the moon continues, so does Cudi’s passion for the avant-garde in his music.