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J. Cole - Lost Ones

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Kid Cudi - Man On The Moon 2: The Legend Of Mr. Rager

HUGE apologies to my B Siders today. It's 11am or so central time and I'm finally getting to review some music. Needless to say, it's been a super busy day so far for me. Heidi didn't have time to write something up for you guys this morning either, so here I go. I knew Cudi was dropping this today anyway, so I knew what I was getting into. I reviewed his original Man On The Moon record quite a long time ago, and gave it a very favorable review. I think Cudi is one of the most fresh up and coming rappers out there. For my money, his flow and lyrics are a TON better than Drake. This album is a little different, as it's not just a concept type album, this really goes into a story detail. After his success with last years drop, he went into a bit of a tailspin. This album - is in fact that story. How he reached the fame and fell victim to a young person getting huge in the industry. I think it's really well done. The singles off this record so far have been 'Erase Me' and then 'Mr. Rager' - which are both okay tracks, but maybe not the best. The problem with some of the songs, they can't be played on the radio. Not without really censoring them hardcore. I don't think Cudi wants that. I'm not sure yet if the change in attitude on this album is for the better though. While I think it's a great concept and I love when rappers tell a true story - this has a drastically different feel to it. I loved the original, and I'm having trouble finding tracks that I'll really identify with. I think I'd have to listen to this start to finish every time, and in today's single world, that's hard to do. I've even gotten sick of Erase Me, and I loved that song a couple months ago. Time will tell I guess.

1. Scott Mescudi Vs. The World
3. Don't Play This Song
4. We Aite (Wake Your Mind Up)
5. Marijuana
6. Mojo So Dope
7. Ashin' Kusher
8. Erase Me [Main]
9. Wild'n Cuz I'm Young
10. Mood, The
12. Mr. Rager
13. These Worries
14. End, The
15. All Along
16. GHOST!
17. Trapped In My Mind

Listen To Samples

Top 3 Tracks:
1. Wild'n Cuz I'm Young
2. Marijuana
3. Erase Me

3 out of 5 stars (on first impression)


  1. I havent even heard any of this drop, however being that I've heard a few story telling albums before I have a question for you.

    Do you find it a bit more challenging to relate to any of the songs because of the fact you've become a bit more comfortable with 'Erase Me'?
    Like I said, I'm saying this even though I've heard none of it, its just that I know what you mean in terms of the artist shifting direction.

  2. I think for me, I typically identify more with the storytelling rap albums. I think 'Erase Me' is usually a track I'd shy away from, just because of the poppy nature. The last album was fairly storied too - I think it just clicked better for me. (if that makes any sense)

    Check this one out, you might enjoy it.