Wednesday, November 25, 2009

9. Kid Cudi "Man on the Moon: The End of Days"

I don't care what anyone says, this album was awesome. Some called it boring, others said Kudi droned on about how sad and alone he is. However, this is what made MotM work for me. No, I'm not emo, but it's nice to have a rapper/hip-hop artist talk about something other than A) growing up on the streets slinging crack or B) cars, girls, and money. Yea, Cudi is kind of a hybrid of singing/rapping, but for some reason, I love it. The production was also ON POINT, with names like Plain Pat, Emile, and Ratatat giving us some absolute gems. Honestly, I can listen to this album from the first song to the last, and not skip a single track (though Make Her Say comes close every time). The album has a spacey feel to it (no affiliation with Kevin Spacey, who like this album, is awesome), as the listener is transported into a kind of alternate reality. While the first part of the album has a darker, foreboding feeling (Solo Dolo, Soundtrack 2 My Life, Day N' Night), the middle of the album finds Cudder come into his own (Cudi Zone, Alive, Heart of a Lion) before eventually finishing off with Cudi's "re-awakening" (the fantastic Pursuit of Happiness, and Up, Up, and Away). All in all, the album provides a refreshing view into the mind of one of hip-hop's most complex minds, as well as showcases his extraordinary talent.

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