Finally a new LP of the week, and it is actually a recent release!
Rapper/singer Kid Cudi’s debut, Man on the Moon: The End of Day, was released September 15, 2009, whereas his mixtape A Kid Named Cudi, was released July 17, 2008.
After the intro, track two, “Soundtrack 2 My Life” starts off, a down tempo, yet catchy track. “Simple As…”, produced by Patrick “Plain Pat” Reynolds, has good beats, and accompanying the beats are a good drum beat, I cannot quite identify the drum type. It rounds out Act I: The End of Day.
“Solo Dolo (Nightmare)” starts off Act II: Rise of the Night Terrors, or track four. It is fairly slow track, however it is arranged well, and works nicely. “My World” featuring Billy Cravens ends the Act, a surprisingly spine chilling track when Billy Cravens (whoever he is) sings the chorus.
“Day ‘n’ Nite”, self explanatory (although the LP version is the one to listen to, not to say the video version is not good), starts Act III: Taking a Trip. It is probably my favourite overall Act. Next, “Sky Might Fall”, produced by Mr. West and Kid Cudi, follows, and then the very catchy track that has been stuck in my head several times, “Enter Galactic (Love Connection Part I)”.
“Make Her Say”, a great track. When the beat kicks in, it is definitely a head nodding track. The Kanye West produced track features him, along with Common. I like how all three verses by Kid Cudi, Kanye and Common respectively start with similar lyrics. The first line from Kanye and Common are the same. The three verses being same or similar up to “we could have a hell of a night, through the day.” The verses start off with reference to T.I.’s “Whatever You Like”, and Common makes reference to Jamie Foxx’s “Blame It.” The track of course also samples Lady Gaga’s piano and voice version of “Poker Face” from The Cherrytree Sessions EP. There is also some good scratching within, although I am not sure who the DJ is.
“Up Up & Away” closes the album on a bright (as in optimistic, at least how I see it, lyrically and musically) note until Common narrates the ending of the album.
This kid Cudi has a future.