Kid Cudi - Man On The Moon: The End Of The Day
Kid Cudi is the new kid on the block when it comes to the alternative hip hop scene, treading ground that has been laid by the likes of De La Soul and Outkast. Does Cudi do his hip hop ancestors proud, or is this just another wanna-be rapper trying to make a name for himself in a day and age that is flooded with talent less copycats?
The theme of Man on the Moon has a trippy outer space feel to it. The rhythm is light and bouncy, while the beats echo and fade. It's really fun to listen to and integrates a sense of Daft Punk not felt outside of electronica music. While Kid Cudi seems to do so much right with his debut, it lacks the polish to make it an immediate classic. The album holds 15 songs, which is a huge amount for an established musician, much less a brand new artist trying to get noticed. You should always reach for the stars, but a little bit of practicality never hurt anybody. Man on the Moon is a mix of gold and filler. "Soundtrack 2 My Life" and "Alive" are incredible tracks, with the former being a heartfelt song recounting a life of hardships. But songs like "My World" seem to just linger on and not really have any substance to them.
Kid Cudi is definitely a different artist than most of those being played on hip hop radio stations. He blends contemporary beats with imaginative lyrics and tries his best to stand out from the majority that sing about bitches and bling. And even with the criticisms, Kid Cudi has managed to create an album unique in its own right and is certainly on his way to bigger and better things, as long as he keeps up his individuality and willingness to stray from the path of generic hip hop. Man on the Moon is worth a listen, but don't expect it to light the world on fire.
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