In the same vein as our previous Riot Roundtable where we reviewed Kanye West’s video for Runaway, this time we are going to take a group perspective on the new Kid Cudi album.
Man On The Moon II: The Legend Of Mr. Rager is the latest release from the Cleveland rapper, featuring collaborations with artists like Mary J Blige, Kanye West, Cee-Lo Green and more.
Following Man on The Moon: The End Of Days, it has a hard task to follow, and we’re going to analyse whether we think it has achieved the success of it’s predecessor.
Since there has already been so many leaks for the album which we’ve already covered, we’re going to take a slightly different approach this time around. Instead of reviewing the album as a whole, JB, Pete and I will each highlight a track that stands out for us, and give a brief summary of how it fits in the finished piece.
felix – All Along
When the months change so do my love point of views, I dont want what I need, what I need hates me
Despite being one of the later songs in the album, All Along stood out for me instantly. I loved The End Of Days for Cudi’s brutal honesty and emotion, and the complex strings and symphonies that came as a package. All Along is the closest the new album gets to this (along with the lead single, Erase Me), and it’s nothing short of spectacular. The track tackles Cudi’s fears that he is destined to be alone, and in true Cudi style, it uses clever word play and abstract lyrics to convey an essentially simple point. There are a lot of layers to the sound and it incorporates more complex sounds than most rappers are capable of. This is Cudi at his pinnacle, and the reason I place him so far ahead of his competitors.
jb – Maniac
I wear my shades at night so I can look in the abyss, I see something in nothingness if you could picture this
One of the darker songs on the album, and one of my favourite tracks in which Cudi allows us to delve into the less responsible side of his mind. The ambience of the song is incredibly surreal and almost drug-induced with the synthetic beats mixed together with high pitched guitar, resulting in a euphoric piece worthy of being played anywhere. There also is a clear sense of darkness in the song, a convention Cudi is all too often the instigator of – Cage, i feel, holds one of the strongest verses on the album and definitely the strongest out of all of the collaberating artists, he really impressed me having not heard any of his stuff prior.
peter – Scott Mescudi Vs. The World
As the sun kisses us on the foreheads gently. Gentle with the drugs, heavy with the love.
Cudder has teamed up with Cee-Lo to create this fantastic and upbeat song which i personally think has quite a sad background meaning. In the track Cudi talks about his success and the problems that are unfortunately package along with it, fame and wealth can taint the best of friendships and it can also bring the strongest willed people down with temptation. In recent interviews he has expressed that he has become bored of rapping, this may or may not be due to these problems but it does seem that rapping is causing a rift in his mind. Cee-lo’s unique voice in the chorus mixed with Cudi’s amazing lyrics creates an awesome track, i just hope it was titled with Scott Pilgrim Vs The World in mind.
Some of the producers and feature artists have talked a little about the background story of the album, check it out here.
What did you think of the album? Another plethora of creative juices like it’s predecessor or merely a drug induced nightmare? Let us know below, or on our facebook