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  • Summary: The debut album for the Cleveland-born who helped cowrite four tracks on Kayne West's "808s & Heartbreak."
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 15
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  1. If you want to know further why this album is a classic you'll have to check it out yourself, but know for a fact it's well worth your fifteen dollars.
  2. Cudi turns out to be that rarest of rap phenomena: a hyped upstart who really does represent a promising new phase in the genre's evolution.
  3. The rapper's delivery is confident in a poetic and artful way, channeled through a theatrical set of songs.
  4. Despite the fat here, that thick layer of open, intense self-loathing is a clever way of unifying Man On The Moon as pure mood piece, a stream-of-consciousness pop voyage that’s more Phil Collins than rap.
  5. Kid Cudi’s take on hip-hop hedonism has as its purpose the escape from one’s own fears and neuroses. He escapes the creatures that haunt him at night by turning himself into a larger-than-life entity: the man on the stage, the man on the moon.
  6. The music is engrossing and Cudi's angst genuine, but his raps get pedestrian.
  7. Man on the Moon, the debut album from this rapper-singer from Cleveland, is a colossal, and mystifying, missed opportunity, misguided if it is in fact guided at all.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 67 out of 71
  2. Negative: 3 out of 71
  1. AlexG.
    May 31, 2010
    This album is what hip hop should be about. He just talk about life and the struggles of it. More people should listen to this album. In my opinion it is one of the best hip hop albums of the decade. Hip Hop needs to veer away from gangster rap and there should be more rappers like Kid Cudi. Guys like Gucci Mane, Plies and Soulja Boy don't know how to rap or how to even write good lyrics. I could wrtie a better song. Expand
  2. J-LL.
    Jan 7, 2010
    Incredible, the reason why I still buy CD's.
  3. JustinM
    Sep 18, 2009
    What are these critics on? because he doesnt say the F word or how much he makes every 2 seconds its not a good album huh. This album is full of real lyrics and deep thoughts obviously too deep for the critics. This is new fresh and very good for a debut album. Cudi has a master piece on his hands this is one of the best Albums i have heard in a long time. Expand
  4. Oct 25, 2011
    Hands down the best slow rap album out there. I can listen to this to go to sleep or to pump me up. Easy 10/10 for the record. Cudi doesn't follow your regular, "black & white" rap album. Expand
  5. JordanM.
    Sep 26, 2009
    Easily best album this year its very different from 808's tha sound is more in depth and is also different from his mixtapes.
  6. Apr 13, 2013
    This album is very great. I love the sound to the album and tracks. Kid Cudi is a great songwriter It's more than a hip hop album it's also a a alternative rock album It features great artists like common and kanye west and bands like mgmt. this album is worth having At first I wasn't such a fan of his until I heard this album. Expand
  7. MikeC
    May 2, 2010
    Unoriginal, boring, leaves something to be desired.

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