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

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A tortured soul, yes, but one with ingenious capabilities, Cudi has taken his progressive style and turned it into a sound that no one would dare replicate.

Nearly prophetic, the ending pledge from Kid Cudi’s debut release Man On The Moon: The End Of Day had Common suitably announcing, “The end is never the end. A new challenge awaits; a test no man could be prepared for. A new hell he must conquer and destroy; a new level of growth he must confront himself.” Overwhelming fame, drug abuse and a child later, the man born Scott Mescudi has found himself on a new journey that doesn’t include a new galaxy but rather a conquest that begins from within. Cue the creation of Man On The Moon II: The Legend Of Mr. Rager, an album that delves deep into Kid Cudi’s psyche as he attempts to unmask his altered state, better known as Mr. Rager.

Whether it’s his heavy soul-searching on “These Worries” or the unraveling of his suppressed thoughts (including suicide) on “Don’t Play This Song,” it’s evident that he’s been carrying a lot on his mind. On the latter track, a sensory overload of synth percussions pulsate the immediacy of this internal pain as Cudi explains, “I’m in a maze, I’m in a daze, I’m losing it / I’m locking in my rocket ship, I’ll be a blip on your radar bitch / Feels like things can recover / Until the day I’m above myself hovered.” While most artists would use a record like “Marijuana” to celebrate their excessive use of green bud (think Curren$y and Wiz Khalifa), Cudi tactfully presents it as a relief to his mental distress. Blending in the proper backdrop, producer Dot Da Genius provides a Trip Hop melody that infectiously rides out even when Cudi is done musing about his remedy.

This is not to say that his latest offering doesn’t have its lighter moments. Take for instance “Mojo So Dope,” where Cudder’s carefree demeanor floats throughout the spaced-out melody. Separating his style from so-called peers he declares, “I live through words, not metaphors / So I pass to be the rest of the freshmen.” Cruising on brisk drums courtesy of The Cool Kids’ Chuck Inglish, Cudi treats “Ashin’ Kusher” like a down-to-earth version of “Cudi Zone.” Candidly going about his business, Cudi crassly admits, “Even if I do something unruly, I’ll be like, ‘Fuck a nigga I was probably zooted!’” A bit left field of his usual musical scope, “Erase Me” works from the straight pop-rock aesthetic to Kanye West’s venomous lyrics to Cudi’s vexing vocals due to the extensive verbal abuse from his ex.

What separates The Legend Of Mr. Rager from The End Of Day, besides theme, is the sheer intensity inserted into his new records. Whereas a track like “Pursuit Of Happiness” captured a blissful peak, “Wild’n Cuz I’m Young” aggressively shows off a darker side. Going into “fuck you” mode over a barrage of drums and trembling bass, the Cleveland native shows off his lyrical chops while staying within his element. Another standout track turns out to be “MANIAC” . Teaming up with underground Hip Hop icon Cage, the two artists’ vibe off an eerily dark concept that is as haunting as it is engrossing. Where many thought this collaboration wouldn’t work, the two artists execute controlled insanity effectively.

It becomes a disappointment then when the tail-end of the album doesn’t carry quite the same focus. With little regards to vocal pitch, the erratic approach on “GHOST!” is punctuated by an unharmonious melody that becomes irritating. Then, Cudi builds up the audacity to finish with “Trapped In My Mind.” Musically, the record has legs. However, when Cudi apathetically remarks being trapped in his mind is “not that bad at all,” this very statement sounds sarcastic considering the struggles he seemingly endured throughout the album.

A tortured soul, yes, but one with ingenious capabilities, Cudi has taken his progressive style and in just two albums has turned it into a sound that no one would dare replicate. And yet as revealing as he is on Man On The Moon II: The Legend Of Mr. Rager, there’s no telling what creative elements his next project may hold. Rightfully so, even if Kid Cudi never traces back to Mr. Rager, the legend will still live on.


  • MusicFan

    Kid Cudi is unique and his music still rides. Good Combo. 5/5

  • Htown

    You haft to go thru what cudi went thru to REALLY understand this album, have a out of body experience then you will really understand what he's talking about

  • Anonymous

    wen i first heard this album i thought it sucked compared to man on the moon 1 but this grew on me and ive realised u cant compare the two they are completely different , man on the moon 2 has a darkness place feel to it and its beautifully crafted .

  • Matt Sullivan

    A good album, but it's not good as the debut. I liked every song on the debut, this one doesnt finish as strongly as MotM1, but its proof that Cudder's career is not a fluke

  • Colton

    Separates the men from the boys.

  • mzo

    A Folk hip hop genius

  • Vanno Davis

    G.O.O.D. right dere

  • Fella

    Either you love it or you hate it as someone said before. I personally really like this album, not on the same level as his debut but still very good. Some people though really seem to dislike it. Worth checking out in my opinion.

  • Mike

    This album was by far one of the greatest albums to this date by any hip/hop or rap artist out there. Kid Cudi has definitely hit home with this album, like Cudi in the past his lyrics are something that everyone can relate with. This being his second major album was definitely a perfect follow up to his first album of the man on the moon part 1. This album is a perfect listen for every hip-hop/rap fan out there who just want's to 'chill out'

  • G

    Im gonna give my honest opinion on this.... it was shit. I am not a Cudi hater. I listen to End of Day all of the time. One of my fvorites all time albums. That was the Cudi I liked. This Cudi was different. And some of you may like it but I hate it. The whole album's about marijuana and depression. His first album was much lighter, the production was 50X better, and the lyrics were 100X better. The only time Cudi was emotional was when he was moaning about weed. It's hard to believe the guy who wrote this album also made songs like My World and Pursuit of Happiness. It's sad how much he fell of on this piece of trash. And I still like Cudi, a lot of artists have a terrible album then come back, but I refuse to listen to this shit. I guess he's gotta supply everyone and this album was mainly for the stoners and potheads. He's releasing a mixtape though so hopefully he can show the original side of Cudder or else I give up with him. This was the biggest disappointment of 2010 for me. Even more than Luda's album. I guess I'll just have to keep bumpin MOTM: End of Day until he makes a comeback, if he does.

    • Anonymous

      At first me too I disliked this second album, but after a couple of listens (expecially when u'r tired or a lil' bit drunk and you bump it loud in your headphones) it grew on me more and more, untill I completely love it. I still think that End of Day was a lil' bit better, but just 'cuz it was easier, but this is amazingly innovative. Something completely new. Give this album another try, and listen to it deeply, I'm sure you will at least appreciate it a lil' bit more ;)

  • Chris Taylor

    This album becomes addicting after just a few listens.

  • YungRay

    It wasnt as good as man on the moon one but its better than most other albums out these days & 10x better than soulja boys album

  • Lsn22s

    interesting...the first time i heard man on the moon i hated it, second and third time, still hated it... then randomly one day i went for an L ride with a friend and he sort of broke down his appreciation for the album, attempting to sway my opinion.. as we drove, i listened (and smoked) and i actually started to really like some of that album... now just the other day, my same friend who had previously been sooooo enthusiastic about kudi comes to me like...."yo, that new kid cudi is garbage...what the fuck?"..... now i'm reading the review and the comments and it seems like this new cudi album is definitely a love it or absolutely fucking hate it type of thing....very interesting...

  • stephen

    who can do it beside cudi. listen and relate

  • Great Album

    Absolutely incredible

  • Notorious EC

    This album is crazy. I really like this shit.

  • Phil

    This shit really grew on me. Wasn't feeling it at first but now I'm really into it. Good album.

  • Anonymous

    GO buy the album support the artist this shit go hard

  • RealNiggaz

    This shit is fire

  • Anonymous

    the album is poetic as fuck. and heres a strong fuck you to whomever downloaded this shit... FUCK YOU!. you cant see it. but im giving you the finger.

  • Karter

    I lol'd that the average user rating is 4.20

  • Anonymous

    WTF WOAAH WOAAH WOAAH Cudi Been talking about smoking

  • eSo

    This album damn near put me to sleep the first time I heard it. I like CuDi so I gave it a second listen and now I've played it all the way through atleast 25 times. I love this album. It's so much different from "The End of the Day", yet it's still amazing.



  • jarden4

    I can understand how people may not like this album at first... I didn't love his first album at first but it grew on me soo much and now I LOVE CuDi. This Album is absolutely greatt.

  • Scott K.

    "Cudi has taken his progressive style and in just two albums has turned it into a sound that no one would dare replicate." What about 808 and Heartbreaks? That entire album was a rip-off of Kudi's sound and Kanye's all but admitted it.

    • Anonymous

      a kid named cudi was released in july 08, with 808s and heartbreak was released in november 08. cudi wrote heartless and also song the hook for welcome to heartbreak. not saying scotts right, just saying lol is deffinetly wrong.

    • lol

      wtf are you talking about nigga, 808's came out before any of kudis albums.

  • Byaahman

    haha average user rating is 4.20

  • Aaron Pacheco

    dope, stop hating because hes creative

    • lol

      No one hates because he is creative, people hate because they dont like his sound. This album wasnt as good as the first one

  • billy bucks

    This album is FUCKING GARBAGE. Kanye is big upin' this cat, and the album is a bunch of rants from a coke head. It's a mess. He hardly spits the whole time, and when he does rhyme he doesn't say ANYTHING. I tried to get into this out...I listened twice. And NOTHING grabs me. This is one of those albums you have to be crack head to get. I'm not a crack head.

    • Anonymous

      ive always felt you either like cudi or hate him. i personally like him. i can understand how people wouldnt tho.

    • Billy Bucks

      I will give you one thing...The crack head comment was out of line. That was fucked up. I'll give you that. But I still don't get this album. I've tried!! I wanted to like this album. I just don't. What can I say??

    • Billy Bucks

      Hahaha. It's called an opinion cock sucker. The beauty is, you can listen to the album all you want and love it...You can have mine if you want. I don't have to like a single song on the disc, and I don't. I've been listening to Hip Hop a looong time, and I understand and like plenty of different styles, I just don't relate to Cudi. I don't have to like this album. But you don't have to be butt hurt about it either. What's your address so I can mail you this shitty disc.

    • Come Again?

      Wow, you're an idiot. Kanye's album is sick but cudi's is pretty damn good as well. You have to be a crackhead to get this?!? probably the dumbest thing I've ever heard.. You're ruining this website with your idiocy. smoke a god damn bowl and blast this album and get the rocks out of your head dipshit!

  • N/A

    I think it's funny how so many People are quick to talk sh*t about Kid Cudi and his Music without taking it in. I respect Kid Cudi because he's always himself and he doesn't put on a front like 90% of the Artist in the Game today. When you listen to Mr Cudi's Music he talks real things and sometimes you can relate to it which is good too. Maybe some of y'all wanna buy records that are 60 mins long and everything is about Guns, Hoes, Rimz, Ice, Cribs, Drugs and how many Cars they have as for me no thanks. I grew up in the 80's - 90's so I'm about cats that do their own thing for ex: A Tribe Called Quest, Nas, RUN DMC, LL Cool J, Big Daddy Kanye, KRS-1, MC Lyte, De la Soul, Mobb Deep, Scarface, Slick Rick, Wu Tang, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, NWA etc. Anyway back to Mr Cudi the albums isn't as good as his first one but it's still worth picking up and supporting. So for ya'll that wanna support all those weak ass Rappers with horrible names, corny lyrics and wack new dances you do that I'll go cop "Man on the Moon 2" Peace

  • CarJAY

    NONONO!! I Frikin waited for this album for like a month and i am sorry to say this is trash. It is nothing unless you smoke weed and do crack everyday. I guess ill just stuck on to the first album untill he makes decent music.

  • Joey

    Forget what 'genre' he's in, I'm sick of people putting everything Ina's dope music u can vibe to! Just as good as his first album! Support by copping it!

  • phil

    I loved Cudi's first album... but after my first listen of this new one I gotta say I'm VERY disappointed. Maybe it'll grow on me but my initial feeling is meh...

  • Aaron Pacheco

    very good, but not as good as the first imo

  • chillin

    Cudi brings something new to the table; both on his first album and Man on the Moon II. The new album is much darker in my opinion and you really feel the dude on this. I personally love BOTH albums and am happy to see a young artist like Cudi inject art into his sound... unlike many of the cookie cutter artists on the radio these days. It is definitely worth your money!!

  • fhillclem

    Liked his first one better but still enjoyed this one. Best of the year, now way. Distant Relatives, IMHO, is probably one of the best albums of the past decade.

    • casper21

      Could not agree more. I feel like Distant Relatives was just completely slept on. That album has more replay value than anything any major artist has put out for years

  • IsaiahReed

    not as good as the first

  • swampelli

    this album is trash! no where near as good as the first one. its a weed plate!

  • IMME

    Better than his last album. More variety of good songs. Although Day & Night and Pursuit of Happiness will always be classics.

  • chrisography

    The Legend Of Mr. Rager


    Thank you Scott yet again you have blessed us with a masterpiece


    this is a classic. PURE GENIUS

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  • Iseah

    This album is awesome!!! Not as good as his first but still amazing top 5 album of the year! Hes one of the best artists ever!

  • Kimbosssss

    this is my shit right here

  • Domjell

    I, for one loved Cudi's last album, and this one doesn't disappoint. He's not a lyrical wizard, rather creates a mood that merge between hip-hop and spaced alternative, which is props enough in raps homogenized culture. It's worth your time & money. Props to substance based music.

  • Mike Meraz

    HIPHOPDX!!! No offense but the "30 reviews in 30 days" is kinda stupid. Kid Cudi, Kanye West, Joell Ortiz and maybe T.I. are the only reviews I care about.hahah Yalewolf?? PitBul? Soujah Boy? Nelly? Flo Rida? WOW!! These 30 Days are going to be HUGE!

  • Brandon

    Better than his last album. Great songs with great beats. If you dont like this go listen to waka and soulja boy

  • Not Convinced

    This album is not very good at all. 'Day and Night' was a one hit wonder of a song and cudi's career will never recover from this horrible record.

  • Powerphi

    An immaculate sophmore album - picking up seamlessly where the first album left off. Cudi's in a class of his own.

  • eitan

    unique,real, magnificent, brilliant!

  • Mr Mogul

    Amazing album. Original.

  • Bk

    Timeless. No one is like Cudi.

  • Anonymous

    One thingg about Cudder is that he has originality..soo the chances of jocking is flow is impossible

  • Hugolin

    1 of the best album of the year !

  • Bryant Carter

    THE GUITAR PLAYER FOR THIS DAY AND AGE. MANY ARTISTS USING LIVE BANDS NOW SO CHECK ME OUT ON YOUTUBE BRYANTC1000. CAN PLAY ON ANY BEAT OR FOR ANY ARTIST. DC MARYALND VIRGINIA ALL DAY!! I wanna be seen and heard by the right ppl ALL AROUND and get some work in collab,studio work, touring for /with artist ect. Get @ me

  • Bubu K

    This album was so Creative thats the one thing that makes it stand out amongst all others. CREATIVITY!

  • zezzzz

    liked before he was a coke hea d smh wat happen cuz

  • Anonymous

    people just love cudi

  • Skyler Sxebeast Register

    Very good album, not as good as his first, but to be honest thats my favorite album of all time. Doesn't have a track that really stands out, if so it would be a 5 for me.

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  • jimmy john

    Kid Cudi's new album rivals his first album. Brilliance is displayed by kid cudi on his second album.

  • Dab

    All I've heard from the album so far is Erase Me and The End and if the album has songs like The End, then I'm buying it.

  • Jean Menard

    First Album 1,000 time better but i still fucks with this one too! BK all day!

  • sharpsh00ter155

    really a solid album. solid artist. not really groundbreaking, but i love poppin it up and rollin one up to it.

  • Anonymous

    Man! I love Real Hip Hop and Cleveland needed Kid Cudi to represent us! And this album is dope!

  • apo

    First album is better, but still not to bad of a sophomore album..better than most!

  • coldgluegun

    This album is good and all but music (as is any other form of art) truly for the consumer. I prefered the upbeat, happy, ass-kicking The End of Day. Cudi is pouring out his soul, ok i get it but im notfeeling the music as much. I would really like a 3rd album where Cudi takes the Mr.Rager role in a good way without all of the dark and deep problems (maybe after he overcomes them and gets back to living life). That's what I think but I still love his music. I just like End of Day better than Legend of Mr. Rager...

    • Alex Hayford

      You are the first one I have ever heard say that End of Day was and upbeat and happy album. lol. Are you sure you weren't listening to A Kid Named Cudi? I loved the dark nature of the first album and I was happy when I heard that the second one was gonna be darker. His music is best when it's filled with dark emotional issues and a somber beat. I guess it's just a difference in taste but he is definitely satisfying the consumer here.

  • Mike Meraz

    Can't wait to hear it. I could download it, but I've waited this why not wait 1 more day haha.. will by this shyt tomorrow.. From what I hear, sounds dope as shyt.. If you don't like it, just move on, Cudi's not for everyone.

  • Hiawartha McGee

    His first album was like no other hip hop album I have ever heard, & it was a breath of fresh air to me. I have listened to all the tracks on the new album & to me this is better than the last. I have loved hip hop, but It's great to get artists like this that are not like the rest.

  • Anonymous

    hes an artist in his own right just good chill music which is respectable doesnt have to be the best rapper, singer etc. hes got his own genre goin on and i aint hating

  • sactown

    My only beef with the cudi (along witha host of new artists) is lack not ahving talent. When you say they can't rap, they say "i'm not a rapper. " when you say the can't sing, they say "i'm not a singer." you say they beats is wack, they say "i'm not a producer" okay, i get it you're an artists,b ut that don't mean you don't have to do something well. lol

    • Alex Hayford

      Cudi doesn't have talent? I keep hearing that shit and I don't get it. Is it because he sings, or because his wordplay isn't as complex as other rappers'? Yeah, his wordplay isn't the best and he is not the best singer, traditionally speaking but he is far from a traditional rapper in the first place. His true talent lies in his ability to convey deep emotions and stories in his lyrics, a skill that a lot of so-called emcees with witty wordplay can't match up to nowadays. I was skeptical of this guy as well when he first came out, but I was silenced when I heard his first album. Pac wasn't exactly the best lyricist, but you couldn't deny his ability to tell a story and keep your attention until the end of the track. That's exactly what Cudi does, he injects his life experiences into his songs and creates art that can't be compared to any other stuff that is out there today. His singing voice works perfectly with his dark message and beat selections. Even as a vocalist, creating cohesive work like this takes true talent. It's not all about how witty you can be when it comes to your lyrics, but you also need to know how to get your message across. Plus, have you ever heard Cudi freestyle before? He is nuts! Most cats nowadays (including J Cole and Wale) get on the radio and spit prewritten lyrics cause they don't actually have the talent to spit off the top off their heads and sound nice. But Cudi always freestyles off the top and never has prewritten lyrics. Tim Westwood even gave him an fast house beat to throw him off, but he ran with it and totally trashed the mic. And he goes forever, switching cadences and flows and switching from mostly traditional rapping to singing. Check youtube my man, the guy is a machine. It's alright if you don't dig his music, but just don't sleep on this guy's talent. There's a reason he's on G.O.O.D. Music you know. Hip-Hop heads, we need to start thinking outside of the box people! We can't just keep looking at the 90s wishing that sound and era of music would come back. We need to look forward and open our minds and stop being close minded when people deviate from the traditional structure that the golden era created. Don't compromise, but just give some of these upcoming cats more of a chance. Open your tastes up, we can't keep listening to Illmatic and Reasonable Doubt forever. Hip-Hop in 2010 has been phenomenal year for me as a head, both in the underground and mainstream. Stop saying Hip-Hop is dead, it just shows how whiny we are as fans. We all sound like how our parents did back in the day when they said that Hip-Hop wasn't really music. lol.

    • kasper843

      Lack not having talent? If the lack not having talent then that would make them talented. Read what you say before you post it.



  • The MG

    Just listened to the previews on iTunes and it sounds nice from what I've heard. Definitely picking up a copy this week.

  • 3mphasis

    Have to disagree on GHOST!, its one of the hotter joints to me *shrugs*. A quality album, those who think otherwise are stuck in the 21st century hip hop box!

  • pimpinlife

    Dope review Hiphopdx, maybe a 4 would be better, but well your review agrees with these sites also: rating: 4 rating: 3,5

  • The Gold Standard

    I put 5 stars to boost the rating 4.3/5

  • Anonymous

    dnt fuck wit cudi.

  • RealHipHop

    Cudi is real hip hop, amazing work, but not feeling a lot of these songs. check this kid he's real hip hop like Cudi, you won't be disappointed.

  • James Lodge

    MANIAC is probably my favorite song on the album

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  • yungwun

    Kid Cudi = modern Jimi Hendrix. If you fools are complaining because there is less rapping, then you FOOLS are missing the whole point. Cudi is something new and refreshing not only to Hip Hop but more towards music in general. One.


      I'm not hating on it because he don't rap as much, I'm hating on it because I think he can do better. And c'mon...the next Hendrix? You obviously don't understand the impact Hendrix had on music. Cudi is nothing compared to that man.

    • Jugo

      Thank you!! Damn somebody gets it.

  • ayybeeisme

    He does it once again. For all you hip-hop heads, this might not be the best album ever, but CuDi continuously puts out unfiltered, straight to the point, music. If you disagree, go listen to your Waka Flocka's and your Gucci's... This man is what Wale and Wiz will never be.

  • mandddyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

    great album, cudi! way betta than n-e-thing flake'z gay monotone azz did diz year. next up, kanye wit MBDTF on nov 22. beat nickgay minaj-a-tois! GOOD MUZIK! GOOD MUZIK! GOOD MUZIK!

  • Mr Pager

    "With little regards to vocal pitch, the erratic approach... is punctuated by an unharmonious melody that becomes irritating" That pretty much sums up Kudi to me! And oh yea...aint nothing legendary about this mediocre rapper

  • Jugo

    I respect Cudi's vision and his choice to rap about his personal struggles and the like. His first cd was amazing and i will be there for Man on the Moon 2. He's a good alternative to alot of the bullshit "hip-hop" on the radio right now.

  • weworemasks

    god awful album.

  • Dunkishrock

    He sounds like he was Hi through the entire Album recording. Honestly i luv cudi. but i dnt think this album is worth buying all the tracks. Thats just me..

  • LJbigbang

    Just bought it (in the UK), and it is pretty impressive. I just like his music, end of.

  • Mattdrizzy

    I am a huge kid cudder fan....i felt the 1st album was better, but not in terms of creativity, mosty in terms of just wordchoice, and less rapping. Ultimately its a dope album, and KC is just what hip hop needs at this point.

  • Greg Williams

    great progression in the MOTM series. I'll definitely be gettin my copy

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  • chiefzs

    less rhyming n more singing equals disapointment 2.5

  • juice mayne

    terrible review. all along was best song on the album, trapped in my mind is great and the concept theme he approached was phenomenal . cudder is the future

  • tom

    His first album was better but Mr Rager isnt bad either. I give it 3.5/5. Other than a few stand out tracks it all kinda blends together

  • r.pgh

    granted, I only heard a preview of every song, but it doesn't sound all that impressive. I'll wait to rate it until I heard the whole thing, but doesn't sound so good.

  • You Know

    His last was definitely better in my mind. Bout a 3/5 and thats it. Like cudi but he can drop better than this.

  • Angel De Peña

    Good album. Not perfect, but good. This and Mood Muzik 4 are the best albums of the year.

  • 718rob

    this is way less interesting than End of Day. I want to buy, but I bought Drake too. This is way better than B.o.B. tho

  • i2e1l

    this album is greater than or equal to (>= for you math wizards) his 1st and cudi keeps to the same flow as he did in the previous album. artists tend to "change it up" when doing a new project but cudi keeps his listeners on edge with each track/adventure.


    And now i'm officially done with HIPHOPDX reviews. you cited 2 songs as flaws. the rest of the review was fucking critical acclaim, and it gets a 3 1/2. *ed lover* CMON SON, FUCK OUTTA HERE WITH THAT BULLSHIT!!! Im never reading another review from you guys again.