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Rapper Kid Cudi brings his dark dream to life with “Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager.” Embellishing on his persona as the “loner stoner”, Kid Cudi comes back with his obscure follow up, which details the perils of fame and addiction.
Through 17 tracks, broken up into five acts, Cudi takes listeners on his shady journey through fame and temptations that lead him to ultimately lose himself becoming a new dark persona of “Mr. Rager.”
While the concept that Cudi comes up with for, “Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager,” is interesting; the album leaves a lot to be desired.
It seems as if Cudi tries a bit too hard to be dark that almost every song seems to bleed into the other. Although Cudi is known for his “lonely stoner” mentality, a majority of this album is just too depressing. With all of the beats blending into each other, it’s hard to distinguish each track.
The first four tracks are virtually indistinguishable from each other, except for the first track which features Cee Lo Green and the fourth which features Mary J. Blige.
“Marijuana” is the fifth track on the album, but the first one which actually stands out. The track is encompassed by a haunting beat and chilling rhyme that comes together to make the perfect ode to Cudi’s favorite substance: marijuana. Cudi talks about how once he has, “pretty green bud,” in his blood he’ll be good and how it can make him do anything. For a fun stoner tidbit, the track clocks in at 4:20.
“Mojo So Dope” is another standout track. In the track he details his rise to fame and things he wishes he could’ve done differently now that he’s at the top.
“Erase Me”, the album’s lead single which features Kanye West is another good track off the album. The track talks about the breakdown of an unrequited relationship and how Cudi’s girlfriend can’t escape him because of his fame.
“Maniac” is the last gem on the album. Similar to other tracks, “Maniac” talks about being under the influence of miscellaneous substances and thus being a maniac because you are too high to come down. The track features Cage and a St. Vincent sample.
The dark narrative of “Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager,” is perhaps only worth the four good tracks, which can be bought off iTunes or Amazon.
Contact CU Independent Staff Writer Kenna Egbune at Ikenna.firstname.lastname@example.org.