Kid Cudi "Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager" Review — 5 out of 5 Stars
Tue, 16 Nov 2010 11:40:22
Kid Cudi continues to haunt hip hop with Man On the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager.
His rhymes are some of the most beautifully brutal ever committed to tape, and Cudi lets his demons loose to frolic across the airy, spacey landscape of the robust record's 17 tracks. Cudi commences the sequel to his breakout debut Man On the Moon: The End of Day with elegantly ethereal rapping on "Scott Mescudi vs. the World." Everyone's favorite Lady Killer, Cee-Lo Green, croons out a somberly gorgeous hook as pulsating beats propel Cudi's dark lines like, "I'm lost in the wind. I've lost all my friends, maybe they were never meant to be acquainted. Money seems to make everything tainted."
Cudi kicks off the album with an unflinching and refreshing honesty that makes for one real hip hop record. "Revofev" slides from a colorful piano melody into a twisting and turning guitar lead, while Cudi spills his heart again. He calls for revolution over a soaring refrain, and the song reaches for Jimi Hendrix-level heights of rock 'n' roll bombast. Cudi has a few things in common with Hendrix. He loves taking music to outer space, and he can do it unlike any of his contemporaries. Check the hazy "green" dream on "Marijuana," where Cudi's vocals resound brilliantly or "Mr. Rager" where his verses weave like an electric guitar in unison with the warm production.
Cudi knows how to have fun within this darkness though. "Erase Me" is the ultimate exercise in intergalactic swag as he and Kanye West trade lines over a crunching guitar crescendo. The album certainly doesn't rely on guest appearances, but Cudi's comrades for this trap—like Miss Mary J. Blige—genuinely add a level of epic bombast to "These Worries." This is poignantly powerful pop music, and it's impossible not be affected by Cudi.
Everything culminates during "Trapped In My Mind." From the steaming sounds to Cudi's smooth delivery, the song sounds like his spaceship is blasting off for one last hurrah. You'll want to blast off with Cudi too because you might just have the time of your life.
Don't miss Man on the Moon II as it is the hip hop event of the year…
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