Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager

Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager
Studio album by Kid Cudi
Released November 9, 2010
Recorded 2009-2010
Genre Alternative hip hop, neo-psychedelia, alternative rock
Length 62:06
Label Dream On, GOOD Music, Universal Motown
Producer Kid Cudi, Emile Haynie, Plain Pat (exec.)
Dot da Genius, Jim Jonsin, Chuck Inglish, No I.D., Jeff Bhasker, The Smeezingtons, Mike Dean, Anthony Killhoffer, Blended Babies, Ken Lewis
Kid Cudi chronology
Man on the Moon: The End of Day
(2009)
Man On The Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager
(2010)
Man on the Moon III
(2012)
Singles from Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager
  1. "Erase Me"
    Released: August 24, 2010

Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager is the second studio album by American recording artist Kid Cudi. The album was formerly known as Cudder: The Revolution of Evolution, before being renamed.[1] The album was released November 9, 2010 by GOOD Music and Universal Motown.[2]

Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager debuted at number three on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 169,000 copies during its first week of release.[3] Upon its release, the album received positive reviews from most music critics.

Contents

Background

Jim Jonsin compared Cudi's blending of sounds to B.o.B's genre-bending album B.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray, stating "It’s a mix. It’s kind of some club stuff, some hip-hop traditional rap stuff, and then some rock-pop stuff. He’s goin’ everywhere."[4] Cudi later said that Jonsin had misinformed fans about the new album, "I got mad love for Jim but he was misinformed. There is no Kanye & Kid Cudi Duran Duran song, I'd sample a 90s record before a 80s record anyday and when I worked with Jim, I hadn't even started sessions with Plain Pat and Emile yet so the direction of my album was yet to be determined."[5]

Music

Cudi stated that "Man On The Moon II is dark by nature and instead of bringing you into my dreams like my first album, I'm bringing you into my reality, good and bad. It will explain more of who I am as well as pushing the envelope musically."[1] Cudi also stated he has scrapped the collaborative theme of Cudder for a project that is more personal.[1] He also discusses his former cocaine addiction on the album.[6] Music critic Matthew Cole noted elements of rock music on the album and wrote that it "finds Cudi burrowing deeper into the black hole of spacey psychedelia, fusing the clinical, synthetic hip-hop of 808s & Heartbreak with rock sounds derived from Hendrix, Pink Floyd, and Zappa".[7]

Singles

The first promotional single titled "REVOFEV", which stands for Revolution Of Evolution, was released through Kid Cudi's website on June 17, 2010. It is produced by Plain Pat.[8] The first official single, titled "Erase Me" featuring Kanye West was debuted on a Cleveland radio station June 30, 2010 and was officially released to Rhythm/Crossover radio on August 17, 2010.[9][10][11] On August 24, 2010, "Erase Me" was officially released digitally on iTunes.[12] On October 25, 2010 a promo single, "Mr. Rager" was officially released digitally on iTunes.[13]

Reception

Commercial performance

The album debuted at number three on the US Billboard 200 chart, with first-week sales of 169,000 copies.[14] In its second week it crossed the 200,000 sales mark.[15] As of June 15, 2011 the album had sold 428,000 copies in the United States.[16]

Critical response

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[17]
Chicago Tribune 3.5/4 stars[18]
Entertainment Weekly (A-)[19]
The New York Times (mixed)[20]
Pitchfork Media (6.7/10)[21]
PopMatters (6/10)[22]
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars[23]
Slant Magazine 3.5/5 stars[7]
Spin (8/10)[24]
USA Today 3.5/4 stars[25]

Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager received positive reviews from most music critics.[26] At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 70, based on 20 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews".[26] Entertainment Weekly's Simon Vozick-Levinson gave Man on the Moon II an A- rating and called it "a cohesively constructed concept album that will reward repeat listens".[19] Chicago Tribune writer Greg Kot complimented Cudi's themes of "the stoned-and-alone rapper" and stated "the music is as consuming and intoxicating as the lifestyle Cudi describes".[18] Sputnikmusic's Channing Freeman gave the album 4 out 5 stars and stated "Cudi is flexing and stretching his skills, exploring untouched areas of his psyche and finding things to turn into songs".[27] Charles Aaron of Spin commended it for "boldly reshaping Cudi's sound – with vivid production" and stated "The dizzy friction between rap's grasping for control and rock's desire to lose it entirely give Cudi's confessions a dicey, volatile edge".[24] USA Today's Steve Jones complimented his "hip-hop and alt-rock leanings" and stated "it's Cudi's raw intensity that is so compelling".[25]

The Washington Post's Allison Stewart called Man on the Moon II "smarter, more diverse and more ambitious than its predecessor, though it's claustrophobic and often joyless".[28] Dave Heaton of PopMatters viewed that its "subject matter" is not "delved into as creatively as on the debut album" and stated "Sometimes [Cudi] seems to be falling into the typical trap of sequels: replicating instead of moving forward".[22] Rolling Stone's Jonah Weiner commended its "dramatic, breathtakingly stark production", but ultimately panned Cudi's performance and stated "he's grown rote in his self-pity and flat as a singer".[23] Jon Pareles of The New York Times viewed that Cudi's rapping "wander[s] away while the track continues without him" and stated "In its utter self-absorption, the album teeters between fascinating and numbing".[20] Nitsuh Abebe of New York called it "a weary and sometimes beautiful catalogue of trying times and overindulgence [...] a melodic take on hip-hop that feels woozy and genuinely passionate, inviting you as deeply into his head as the lyrics. [...] But vulnerability loses its power when it’s calculated to sound dramatic and masculine".[29]

Benjamin Boles of NOW wrote that it "suffers and shines due to inconsistency. [...] brilliantly unique moments and lots of stoner stumbles", but viewed it as "a more solid album" than Cudi's debut album.[30] Allmusic writer David Jeffries stated "you have to care quite a bit about this Mr. Solo Dolo character for Man on the Moon II to fully work its magic. [...] 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".[17] Slant Magazine's Matthew Cole expressed that "the hybrid production style proves an atmospheric and eerie delight" and commended Cudi for his unconventional musical approach, writing in conclusion, "Pursuing genius at the expense of consistency might work out just fine for Cudi: I'm not convinced that he's a good rapper, but I'm pretty sure he's an important one".[7] Mark Beaumont of NME gave it a 9/10 rating and commended its "mainstream-bucking experimentation and innovation", calling it "a grungy, filthy record full of angels and demons".[31] Pitchfork Media's Jayson Greene called Man on the Moon II "a bumpy listen", but found it "more fully realized" than Cudi's debut album.[21]

Track listing

Act I: The World I Am Ruling
No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Scott Mescudi vs. the World" (featuring Cee Lo Green) Emile, The Smeezingtons, No I.D. 3:55
2. "REVOFEV"   Plain Pat, Mike Dean 3:03
Act II: A Stronger Trip
No. Title Producer(s) Length
3. "Don't Play This Song" (featuring Mary J. Blige) Emile 3:43
4. "We Aite (Wake Your Mind Up)"   Emile, Plain Pat 1:27
5. "Marijuana"   Dot da Genius, Kid Cudi, Mike Dean 4:20
6. "Mojo So Dope"   Emile 3:31
Act III: Party On
No. Title Producer(s) Length
7. "Ashin' Kusher"   Chuck Inglish 3:49
8. "Erase Me" (featuring Kanye West) Jim Jonsin 3:13
9. "Wild'n Cuz I'm Young"   Plain Pat, Emile 4:14
10. "The Mood"   Emile, No I.D. 2:36
Act IV: The Transformation
No. Title Producer(s) Length
11. "MANIAC" (featuring Cage & St. Vincent) Anthony Kilhoffer, Mike Dean 2:58
12. "Mr. Rager"   Emile, No I.D., Jeff Bhasker 4:54
13. "These Worries" (featuring Mary J. Blige) Emile 4:16
14. "The End" (featuring GLC, Chip tha Ripper & Nikki Wray) Blended Babies 4:21
Act V: You Live & You Learn
No. Title Producer(s) Length
15. "All Along"   Emile 3:23
16. "GHOST!"   Emile, Ken Lewis, No I.D. 4:49
17. "Trapped in My Mind"   Dot da Genius, Kid Cudi 3:34

Sample credits

  • "Mojo So Dope" contains a sample of "Claustrophobia" by Choir of Young Believers.
  • "MANIAC" contains a sample of "The Strangers" by St. Vincent.
  • "The End" contains a sample of "I Need Your Love" by Skip Mahoney & The Casuals.
  • "GHOST!" embodies portions of "My Rainbow Life" by The Freak Scene.

Personnel

Credits for Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager adapted from Allmusic.[32]

  • Jennifer Beal – Producer
  • Blended Babies – Producer
  • Ray Bradley – Guitar
  • Sandy Brummels – Creative Director
  • Chip Tha Ripper – Engineer
  • A.E. Clark – Composer
  • Mike Dean – Guitar, Organ, Piano
  • R. Evans – Composer, Producer
  • Dot Da Genius – Engineer, Mixing, Producer
  • Larry Gold – Conductor, String Arrangements, Strings
  • Leonard Harris – Engineer
  • Emile Haynie – Composer, Engineer, Executive Producer, Keyboards, Producer, Synthesizer
  • Ghazi Hourani – Engineer
  • Matt Huber – Assistant
  • Chuck Inglish – Producer
  • Jim Jonsin – Composer, Keyboards, Producer, Programming
  • J.P. Keller – Bass, Guitar
  • Kid Cudi – Art Direction, Design, Director, Executive Producer
  • Anthony Kilhoffer – Engineer, Mixing, Producer
  • Brent Kolatalo – Engineer
  • Anthony Kronfle – Engineer
  • Ken Lewis – Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Woodwind
  • Pamela Littky – Photography
  • Nigil Mack – A&R
  • Erik Madrid – Assistant
  • J.N. Makrigiannis – Composer
  • Robert Marks – Mixing
  • Manny Marroquin – Mixing
  • Graham Marsh – Engineer
  • Sean McCoy – Assistant
  • Vlado Meller – Mastering
  • Christian Mochizuki – Engineer
  • O. Omishore – Composer
  • Rich Perry – Composer, Engineer
  • Christian Plata – Assistant
  • Kevin Porter – Engineer
  • T. Randazzo – Composer
  • Patrick "Plain Pat" Reynolds – Executive Producer
  • Frank Romano – Composer, Guitar, Bass
  • Mark Santangelo – Assistant
  • F.N. Schjoldan – Composer
  • Kanye West – Composer
  • Ryan West – Engineer, Mixing
  • Jason Wilkie – Assistant
  • James Wisner – Engineer
  • Andrew Wright – Engineer
  • Anthony Wright – Engineer
  • Billy Zarro – Product Manager

Charts

Chart (2010) Peak
position
Canadian Albums Chart [33] 5
UK R&B Albums Chart[34] 12
US Billboard 200 [33] 3
US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums [33] 1
US Billboard Top Rap Albums [33] 1

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