So I'm finally getting around to making a musical playlist dedicated to Kid Cudi's second album, Man On The Moon II: The Legend of Mister Rager, even though I purchased the DVD version the week it came out and have had it on heavy rotation since.
What can I say about Man On The Moon II? Well, I really like it. Yes, it's darker and more experimental than his debut album, but those are some of the things that I really like about it. The lead single, Erase Me, is evident of that as I think the sound is more rock-rap than anything else. He has some really alternative-rap songs on here and even a love ballad to Marijuana with a full orchestral sound to it (and it's one of the best tracks). I like the entire album from beginning to end, but these are my favorite tracks hands down.
This is a live performance of Cudi at a Go Show by VEVO. I thought it was pretty cool that he did a performance at his old job in SoHo.
I chose a fan video of this song because like the song itself, it shows Kid Cudi's affection for the green leaf. What I love about this song is that it is an intricate ballad with the full orchestra.
Mojo So Dope
One of my favorite songs on the album. Really unique song and definitely an anthem of sorts. I've played this one a whole lot, it helps me through some rough days and to help me deal with some trifling people.
Reminds me of 1990s hip hop. It just reminds me of the Golden Age of Hip Hop when good flow and hot beats made instant classics. (I'll be blogging on this in the future for sure.) His flow is sick on this one.
This video makes me laugh every time I see it. I think Cudi has always experimented with rock and I hear that his next album may be a rock album, so I guess this is the preview. If it is, I'm excited.
Has a dark and edgy feel to this song with a strange laughter in the background. For some reason I think of Halloween and a dark smoky bar on the Lower East Side and couples chilling in the lounge and behaving badly in the loo (I mean, bathroom).
Definitely in my top 3 songs for this album. For me it speaks to our need to escape from life and it's trials and tribulations. I think everyone can relate.
Was inspired by Jean-Michel Basquiat, who I think has a striking similarity to Kid Cudi in appearance and talent (Yes, I know Basquiat was a painter but he was also musically gifted). This video, composed by Steve-o-graphy does a great job of making the connection. Almost too good a job...
Trapped In My Mind
Absolutely love this song. It's a little trippy, a little melancholy and has this reggae dancehall vibe to it that makes me want to move. I can also relate to this song because I'm a deep thinker and I'm always pondering something---perhaps this is why I'm an insomniac.
If you haven't purchased this album and you're a hip hop fan, I strongly urge that you get it.