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


3.0
good

Review

by ok im bulldogs alt USER (11 Reviews)
November 7th, 2010 | 33 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: “I found a monster in me when I lost my cool.”

Back in May of 2009, roughly four months before the release of his critically acclaimed debut album, KiD CuDi stated that he had already grown tired of the rap game; he wasn’t lying. On Man on the Moon: the End of Day, CuDi sounded slightly exhausted and somewhat unenthused in contrast to his two preceding mixtapes. So when he declared that he would venture into rock music, you shouldn’t have taken his word lightly. Although he hasn’t completely contracted Lil Wayne syndrome and the effort isn’t a total 180°-turn, Man on the Moon: the Legend of Mr. Rager significantly strays from the niche that CuDi is renowned for and consequently, it’s a disappointing follow up to a great freshman effort.

If you haven’t heard this album yet, a comparison between the album art from the first and second installments serves as a sort of foreshadowing. The respective art for The End of Day is a colorful piece of artwork, blurring the lines between Scott Mescudi’s visage and a celestial body that is, presumably, his mind. The Legend of Mr. Rager’s artwork is like a rumpled poster; a simple photograph of CuDi gloomily sulking on a stool under a starry sky with wrinkle effects added to it. Simply put, this is an extraction from his unstable (to quote “Day ‘N’ Nite”) ‘lonely stoner’ psyche and an injection into a much more tangible – a much more haunting – dimension: reality. While The End of Day sorted out the inner workings of CuDi’s mind, The Legend of Mr. Rager deals with real events in Mescudi’s life. That’s not to say it’s a total abandonment of the former; even the most obtuse emcees make reference to their intrapersonal being, and Cudder is no exception, even when he’s focusing on other matters. Although specifics may or may not lose the listener in transition, CuDi uses entirely relatable songwriting to weave yet another supremely coherent album, divvyed up into five acts (The World I Am Ruling, A Stronger Trip, Party On, The Transformation, You Live & You Learn) similar to the way the last one was. Among other things, past loves, his previous cocaine addiction, his hot temper recidivism rate of assault, and suicidal ruts, are all thrown under the microscope for all to see. The Legend of Mr. Rager is by no means a ‘sell-out’. Rather, it’s a continuation of his penchant for glum honesty and emotional conveyance tucked into a more self-depreciating vein that propelled CuDi to stardom, and that’s quite possibly the saving grace of the entire album.

Oddly enough, The Legend of Mr. Rager sees an ill-advised sonic deviation, despite the fact that this is CuDi’s most impressive vocal outing to date. Rather than lush electronic soundscapes we get grooving, downtempo tracks with pronounced drums and tinges of dance, soul and electro-, pop and alt rock. The subsequent results are varied. Although an ages old concept, hip-hop vocalists trying to crossover into rock is an oft-failed, syncretist effort that only Run DMC and Beastie Boys were able to consistently succeed in doing. That being said, KiD CuDi has better luck with it than many of his peers. Hell, he even strikes straight gold on some tracks. “Mojo So Dope” settles into a wonderful, little Gorillaz-type sound and “Trapped In My Mind” is an enchanting blend of dance and fuzzy, subtle pop rock melodies. However, the inconsistency of the production beleaguers this album to no end. There are several fouls committed (e.g. “All Along”, “GHOST!”, “These Worries”) but “Erase Me” is the trump card. With a half-baked chorus, a subpar Kanye feature, and a generic, awful rock beat that sounds like it was made by Avril Lavigne, it’s the beginning of a rut from which CuDi never truly recuperates from. Hell, it’s bad enough to have been on Lil Wayne’s Rebirth.

This album isn’t what I’d like it to be. What it should be. It should have been a paramount to his debut LP, yet it fails to even compete by a good margin. The bottom line is that The Legend of Mr. Rager is hampered by poorly executed (and perhaps planned) aesthetic deviations. It’s a much more lyrically consistent version of GOOD Music founder Kanye West’s 2008 album, 808s and Heartbreak: a sort-of crossover that was lyrically profound, musically hit-miss, and ultimately average. Huh, CuDi wrote for, and appeared on, that album. Weird.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
SwagChef
November 7th 2010


283 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

2 days early.

sup sputnik

Obfuscation25
November 7th 2010


247 Comments


neg neg neg neg neg neg neg neg neg neg neg neg neg neg neg neg

SwagChef
November 7th 2010


283 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

eh. figured

Obfuscation25
November 7th 2010


247 Comments


Review wasn't bad tbh, but it read more like a 3.5 to me.

SwagChef
November 7th 2010


283 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

thanks, i guess.


eh its a 3 though.

Obfuscation25
November 7th 2010


247 Comments


blasphemy

PatchworkNeurology
November 7th 2010


352 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is almost what I think. Erace me is what everyone in Hip-Hop is doing, it's like a shitty B.O.B. misstep. Mojo so Dope, The End, Marijuana, and the hook of GHOST is the best parts about this album. Cudi is comming to his end of days.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
November 7th 2010


17939 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ugh learn how to spell erase

climactic
November 7th 2010


19822 Comments


and "comming"

SwagChef
November 7th 2010


283 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

lol ^

hey chan what do you think of my review?

PatchworkNeurology
November 7th 2010


352 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Appeasing people drunk is apparently hard to do online when you're not even trying. Yowza butthurt spelling nazi's

Obfuscation25
November 7th 2010


247 Comments


couldwinarabbit part 2

SwagChef
November 7th 2010


283 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

its what chan does.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
November 7th 2010


17939 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i mean erace doesn't even look right in the slightest

SwagChef
November 7th 2010


283 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

hey chan what do you think of my review?


bump.

Ire
November 7th 2010


41819 Comments


E-race.com

SwagChef
November 7th 2010


283 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

sup ire writes syns not tragedies

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
November 7th 2010


17939 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

wait is this not streaming

SeaAnemone
November 7th 2010


20787 Comments


mst of the review is well-written... like clear and well-argued and then you lose me a little with that last paragraph, analyzing-wise... I dunno it just seems like you give up on trying to hide behind objectivity and just say 'it's bad because I don't like it' which I know isn't true because you laid out good points earlier. and your last point about 808's and Heartbreaks I didn't really get or I dunno just shouldn't be included or something.

... but for the most part this review is perfectly adequate and either up-to-par or a tad above your usual stuff, nice job.

PS-- your take on popular artists is always somewhat interesting, and that's actually pretty important or something

Digging: Dirty Beaches - Stateless

SwagChef
November 7th 2010


283 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

nope. i guess you can go ahead and scurry to the for the meds thread and tattle tale on me and make a whiny post asking to have it removed.

irdc



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