Kid Cudi – Man on the Moon: The End of Day Kid Cudi – Man on the Moon: The End of Day

Kid Cudi - Man on the Moon: The End of Day

Kid Cudi - Man on the Moon: The End of Day

After several listens, gchat conversations, and feverishly pedantic conversations worthy of an Aaron Sorkin TV dramedy, I find myself stumped.
How do I classify the type of music found on Kid Cudi’s first major release, Man on the Moon: The End of Day ?
However you classify hip-hop, it never quite fits an exact definition. And maybe that’s the story here–This is a hip-hop album stripped of classic bravado and aggression; from the self-deprecating lyrics to the casual delivery and the less-than-traditional guest appearances and collaborations with Ratatat and MGMT.

Quick Side Note: why has it taken hip-hop this long to start working with Ratatat? Has no one in the entire industry heard Ratatat Remixes Vol. 1 & 2 ?

That being said, the tracks that do feature Ratatat – Alive, Pursuit of Happiness; are a little disappointing. In my head, I’ve been hyping the eventual marriage between Ratatat and the hip-hop world, as well as my frustration that it hadn’t happened yet, so much that whoever did it first, was probably going to fail to please no matter what they produced. So im willing to overlook my slight discontentment because, although what Kid Cudi tried to do with Ratatat was near impossible (please an a-hole music critic), he finally did with Ratatat, what I have been asking the rest of hip-hop to do for a long time now (produce some original music with Ratatat).

So it’s not a traditional hip-hop album. It’s not a late-night, between the sheets album. It’s not the electro-banger collaboration I’ve been asking for either. It doesn’t really fit in any of those uber-niched sub-genres that a-hole music critics make up (oh the irony). Yet, there is something undeniably evident about Man on the Moon: The End of Day; there is a somber, melancholy mood created, that may not make this the best album for your college kegger, but this just might be the perfect thing to listen to when you finally step off that bus onto the city pavement and cant think of anything better than trekking through the streets, just you and your headphones.

1. In My Dreams (Cudder Anthem)
2. Soundtrack 2 My Life
3. Simple As…
4. Solo Dolo (Nightmare)
5. Heart Of A Lion (Kid Cudi Theme Music)
6. My World
7. Day ‘N’ Nite (Nightmare)
8. Sky Might Fall
9. Enter Galactic (Love Connection Part I)
10. Alive (Nightmare) ft. Ratatat
11. Cudi Zone
12. Make Her Say ft. Kanye West & Common
13. Pursuit Of Happiness (Nightmare) ft. MGMT & Ratatat
14. Hyyerr
15. Up Up & Away

Kid Cudi - Man on the Moon: The End of Day, reviewed by Delicious on 2009-09-22T10:30:16-07:00 rating 3.7 out of 5

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