Review Roundup: Kid Cudi – ‘Man on the Moon: The End of Day’

Man on the Moon: The End of Day

Kid Cudi’s album Man on the Moon: The End of Day lands in stores this week. Does the eagerly-awaited debut from Kanye’s protégé live up to the hype? Find out below.

Entertainment Weekly: 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-

USA Today: Kid Cudi piqued everybody’s interest writing and performing on Kanye West’s love-gone-bad opus 808s & Heartbreak. He surpasses his mentor with Man on the Moon: The End of Day, an introspective exploration of his demons and ambitions that is an even more fully realized concept album.
4 out of 4

Rolling Stone: The music is engrossing and Cudi’s angst genuine (he mourns his dead father), but his raps get pedestrian (“Gray clouds up above, man/ Metaphor to my life, man”). And asserting ad nauseam that he is a “lonely stoner” is just annoying—a hipster boast masquerading as a confession.
3 out of 5

Los Angeles Times: Creative samples and an airy mix help these tracks surprise the listener, even after many plays, and make Man on the Moon: The End of Day a standout release. The one overly consistent element, unfortunately, is Cudi’s voice. His unhurried nasal flow is highly recognizable, but doesn’t quite convey the sly wit of precursors like Slick Rick and Snoop Dogg. 3 out of 4

The New York Times: Man on the Moon, the debut album from this rapper-singer from Cleveland, is a colossal, and mystifying, missed opportunity, misguided if it is in fact guided at all. Unlike most of the product featuring the touch of Mr. West, who is an executive producer here, Man on the Moon is imprecise and disjointed.

The Boston Globe: But it’s not rap. And that’s not a bad thing. 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.

The Washington Post: Cudi’s beats are never less than lush, often overstuffed with ear-catching detail, shaming the cheap, mechanical beats of Soulja Boy-era hip-hop. Too bad Cudi’s heart-on-sleeve poetry is so awkward you want to cringe, as if you’re flipping through your junior high journal.

Rap-Up’s Favorite Tracks: “Soundtrack 2 My Life,” “Day ‘N’ Night,” “Make Her Say,” “Pursuit of Happiness”

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16 Comments

  1. Shipoopie

    pff rolling stone… HATERS

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  2. Urban Noize

    Easily one of the best albums of this year thats worth’s getting.

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  3. mad

    this album is def in top 3 of this year!

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  4. Aton

    I love this album and wish the best of luck to him.

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  5. Giselle

    I purchased the album yesterday and its sick! One of the best i’ve heard in a while.

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  6. bass_man

    I just got mine from the mail today! Imported&ready to go.

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  7. aha

    this is a disappointment , the single was nice.. but the album is a mess.. so many better artists doing this style of shit that have yet to be heard yet.. once they get heard.. cuddi wont beable to shove this shit into peoples ears.. take a listen around you .. this is a major release.. so many better indie artists doing this style right now ..

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  8. Haters.

    Rolling Stone and The New York Times are so wrong. This album is fantastic. People are trippin.

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  9. j

    problem is, people need to take it for what it is, if you step back and stop looking at 808′s and Man on the Moon as albums from “hip hop” artists then u will enjoy them. People expect kanye and cudi to make great RAP albums, these albums while experimental, are unique. If some punk band or something made these albums, people wouldn’t hate so much…it’s just cause it’s coming from rap artist. I happen to think Man on the Moon is amazing, and im a traditional hardcore rap fan (just bought the blueprint 3 and OB4CL2 last week and i like jay but love rae (OB4CL was the shit)) and i love what cudi did. Step back from his raps/singing…i know the verses are weak at times, but the beats and amazing chorus’ more than make up for it.

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  10. That Dude

    Cudi….I think you just earned yourself an nominations for Album of the Year, Best New Artist, and Best Rap/Hip-Hop Album @ the Grammys in 2010! The album took my breath away….instant classic!

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  11. Hip Hop fan since 89'

    Only like one track on there, “Make Her Say”. Now that’s funky hip hop track. Most of the other tracks are too poppy.

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  12. Music fan since '84

    @Hip Hop fan since 89′
    Lol at the irony of that statement. Fun fact: “Make Her Say” (aka “I Poke Her Face”) was sampled from a pop song. That aside, loved every single track, even the stuff I’d already heard. Keep em comin Cudi.

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  13. T

    He’s real. He’s an artist not a rapper. He doesn’t sing about money or all that other fake shit. Don’t like it? Fine. Can’t even respect it or recognize it for what it is? Then your probably living an empty, materialistic life in conformity. Open your eyes.
    “So all the while ’til I’m gone make my words important so
    If I slip away, if I die today the last thing you remember won’t
    Be about some apple bottom jeans with the boots with the fur.”

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  14. Glass

    This album was a massive disappointment. As with almost all hip hop albums nowadays, the singles are the best songs. The beats and production are amazing. It’s just that when Cudi opens his mouth to rap/sing that the song goes downhill.

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  15. woopity

    -’aha’, would u care to name some instead of talking about some obscure “indie artists”?
    a little more specific perhaps?

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