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Man on the Moon: The End of Day [CD/DVD]
     

Man on the Moon: The End of Day [CD/DVD]

by Kid Cudi
 

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Kid Cudi is a fascinating rapper, claimed by the backpackers for his work with Kanye West on 808s & Heartbreak but equally loved by the mash-up club kids who went ape for his "Day N Nite" single, especially in its nu-disco remix from Crookers. His debut album was deep in the category of "much anticipated" as soon as it was announced,

Overview

Kid Cudi is a fascinating rapper, claimed by the backpackers for his work with Kanye West on 808s & Heartbreak but equally loved by the mash-up club kids who went ape for his "Day N Nite" single, especially in its nu-disco remix from Crookers. His debut album was deep in the category of "much anticipated" as soon as it was announced, but when the promised game changer finally arrived, it became obvious that Cudi had already changed the game, and maybe debut albums aren't what they used to be. With its narration from Common and a track list broken into five "acts," Man on the Moon: The End of Day is almost as conceptual as its name implies, kicking off with a spaced-out slow roller coated in strings while Cudi states "Welcome, you're in my dream now." You most certainly are. What follows is Pink Floyd-styled story where the real world pain of "Soundtrack 2 My Life" mutates into sci-fi fantasies from the dark side of the moon. Along the way, brilliant samples -- like a bit of OMD's esoteric album Dazzle Ships -- and innovative sounds from Cudi and special guests Emile, Ratatat, and MGMT slowly shuffle the listener through the man's spliff-fueled exploration of space, a place where the artsy escape ridicule but fall prey to crushing isolation. With its bleeps, the hooky "Day N Nite" belongs, but the follow-up single, "Make Her Say," is a glorious mix of glitz and vulgarity with Kanye and Cudi twisting a Lady GaGa sample from "Poker Face" into "Poke Her Face." While it lightens the mood just before things turn ponderous, it barely fits. If it wasn't for the song, it would be as if Cudi launched his career with his own 808s, and therefore anyone looking for a more gripping kickoff should seek out either of his widely available mixtapes (A Kid Named Cudi or Dat Kid from Cleveland). This first official release is a soul searcher and may require more patience than your everyday debut. Still, the chilly, complicated Man on the Moon perfects the futuristic bleak-beat hip-hop Kanye purposed a year earlier, and rewards the listener with every tripped-out return. [A CD/DVD version was also released.]

Editorial Reviews

New York Times
Dub, new wave, electro, house: they’re all here, and, impressively, this Kanye West protégé knows what to do with them.
Entertainment Weekly - Simon Vozick-Levinson
Cudi turns out to be that rarest of rap phenomena: a hyped upstart who really does represent a promising new phase in the genre's evolution. [A-]
Boston Globe
Following Andre 3000’s The Love Below and Kanye West’s 808s & Heartbreak in a subset of experimental and emotional hip-hop, Man on the Moon might be the most fully-formed of them all. What he lacks in pure rapping ability Cudi more than makes up for with infectious melodies and powerful hooks. It’s more Fall Out Boy than Fabolous. Julian Benbow

Product Details

Release Date:
09/15/2009
Label:
Motown
UPC:
0602527127699
catalogNumber:
001319810

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kid Cudi   Primary Artist
Larry Gold   Strings,Conductor
Alain Whyte   Guitar
Common   Narrator
Mike Stroud   Guitar,Soloist
Jeff Bhasker   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Ben Goldwasser   Vocals
Andrew VanWyngarden   Vocals
Morgan Zwhirledge   Guitar
Larry Gold Orchestra   Strings
L.E.X.   Vocals

Technical Credits

Jamie Foxx   Composer
Kenny Gamble   Composer
Larry Gold   String Arrangements
Leon Huff   Composer
Chris Padovan   Composer
Sylvia Rhone   Executive Producer
Alain Whyte   Composer
Andrew Dawson   Engineer
Bill Sienkiewicz   Illustrations
Kanye West   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Anthony Kilhoffer   Engineer
Ryan West   Engineer
Christopher "Deep" Henderson   Composer
Breyon Prescott   Composer
Patrick "Plain Pat" Reynolds   Producer,Executive Producer
Ari Raskin   Engineer
Ratatat   Producer
Scott Sandler   Art Direction
Evan Mast   Composer,Engineer
Mike Stroud   Composer
Jeff Bhasker   Composer,Producer
Phil Sarna   Management
The-Dream   Composer
Billy Zarro   Marketing
Nadir "Red One" Khayat   Composer
Nathaniel Walker   Composer
Thomas Brenneck   Composer
Kid Cudi   Producer
Faheem Najm   Composer
Matthew Friedman   Producer
Emile Haynie   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer,Management
Stefani Germanotta   Composer
P. Humphreys   Composer
Nathan Walker   Composer
Nadir Khayat   Composer
Matt Friedman   Composer,Producer
Gerard Kawszynski   Composer
Free School   Producer
Claude Puterflam   Composer
Christian Padovan   Composer
Brandon Melancon   Composer
D. Guy   Composer
Crada   Producer
Scott Mescudi   Composer,Director,Interlude
Dot Da Genius   Producer,Engineer
John Conte   Composer
Chip Tha Ripper   Composer
Patrick Reynolds   Composer,Producer

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