Man on the Moon, Vol. 2: The Legend of Mr. Rager

Man on the Moon, Vol. 2: The Legend of Mr. Rager

by Kid CudiKid Cudi


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Kid Cudi's Man on the Moon II was released in a year where rap album sequels were common, but unlike most of the competition, this sequel has a very strong link to its predecessor. It's actually the outcome of the alt-rap star's breakthrough debut as it deals with fame, and Cudi's admittedly unwise way of handling it, liquid cocaine. As a result, you have to care quite a bit about this Mr. Solo Dolo character for Man on the Moon II to fully work its magic. Cudi's opening line "You are now in the world that I'm ruining" is a spot-on warning as the album slowly spirals down into sourness and regret, but just like on his debut, the soundscape is spacy and far-reaching, making this interstellar therapy session a much more interesting transmission. At its best, it's fascinating, like when rapper Cage and indie singer St. Vincent whirl in a paranoid black hole dubbed "Maniac," while Cudi issues more warnings with "I love the darkness, yea, I'd like to marry it." "Don't Play This Song," with Mary J. Blige, puts it even more bluntly with "Wanna know what it sounds like when I'm not on drugs?/Please, please don't play this song" while the great "Wild'n Cuz I'm Young" tells snooping blogs they shouldn't bother, he'll tell his own story. Elsewhere, he seems admirably open to the idea of disgrace, but those who grow tired of the star's indulgences will have to wait around for the out of place yet welcome numbers, like the Kanye West and rock guitar feature "Erase Me" or the dream pop influenced "Marijuana" which runs 4:20 for a reason. In the end, the lonely stoner of his debut seemed to have a wider appeal, but the contradictory, troubled artist presented here will give the Cudi faithful much more to ponder. Everything else is equal, so skeptically ease yourself in or take the full dive accordingly.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/09/2010
Label: Motown
UPC: 0602527468037
catalogNumber: 001464902
Rank: 14891

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kid Cudi   Primary Artist
Mike Dean   Organ,Guitar,Piano
Larry Gold   Strings,Conductor
Ken Lewis   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards,Woodwind
Jim Jonsin   Keyboards
Emile Haynie   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Frank Romano   Guitar
Ray Bradley   Guitar
J.P. Keller   Bass,Guitar

Technical Credits

Larry Gold   String Arrangements
Kevin Porter   Engineer
Rich Perry   Engineer
Kanye West   Composer
Anthony Kilhoffer   Producer,Engineer
R. Evans   Composer,Producer
Ryan West   Engineer
Anthony Wright   Engineer
Jim Jonsin   Programming,Producer
Patrick "Plain Pat" Reynolds   Executive Producer
Brent Kolatalo   Engineer
Jennifer Beal   Producer
Leonard Harris   Engineer
Ghazi Hourani   Engineer
Chuck Inglish   Producer
Kid Cudi   Executive Producer
Graham Marsh   Engineer
Andrew Wright   Engineer
Emile Haynie   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer
Scott Mescudi   Director,Art Direction
O. Omishore   Composer
Dot Da Genius   Producer,Engineer
J. Scheffer   Composer
Chip Tha Ripper   Engineer
R. Perry   Composer
James Wisner   Engineer
T. Randazzo   Composer
Anthony Kronfle   Engineer
Blended Babies   Producer
Christian Mochizuki   Engineer
A.E. Clark   Composer
J.N. Makrigiannis   Composer
F.N. Schjoldan   Composer

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