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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. 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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  1. Positive: 67 out of 71
  2. Negative: 3 out of 71
  1. Apr 28, 2013
    10
    Probably the best debut album i have ever heard, Kid Cudi and his team (Emile, Pain Pat & Dot Da Genius) can't do no wrong. If you though Kid Cudi's was just an one-hit wonder because of Day N' Nite you were wrong, most the songs on this album are much better. Collapse
  2. Apr 27, 2012
    10
    Not since College Dropout has an artists debut album made such an impact on me more than Kid Cudi's Man on the Moon: The End of Day. This album is great, from beginning to end. It starts off with a spacey intro setting the tone for the rest of the album and doesn't let up. Even the more radio friendly songs like Pursuit of Happiness, Make Her Say, and the hit Day 'N' Nite are awesome. There seems to be no filler to be found on MOTM. Kid Cudi is a different kind of rapper. He's a strong advocate of less style and more substance and there's plenty of substance here. He raps about being a kid, growing up and finding his artistic niche rather than money, women, cars and jewelry. The tracks that stand out to me the most are Soundtrack 2 My Life, Cudi Zone, My World and Heart of a Lion, but never find myself skipping a single track. Man on the Moon: The End of Day is a hip hop album for listeners looking for something more than your average hip hop album. It's unlike anything else you'll hear from a "rapper." Expand
  3. Sep 17, 2010
    10
    The originality, the atmosphere and the way of 'pouring out his emotions' are really cool! The haters simply don't understand... Sorry for them! CuDi is here for staying! Expand
  4. Jul 27, 2013
    10
    This album is innovative. I feel that Kid Cudi is starting a new genre. Every track is different and they all set off independent tones. With songs like Soundtrack 2 My Life, Man on The Moon, Day 'N' Nite, and Pursuit of Happiness (nightmare), that are ground breaking. This album is definitely bringing something new to the Hip Hop genre. Expand
  5. Apr 13, 2013
    9
    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
  6. Aug 12, 2013
    9
    This album is a masterpiece, a true blending of styles that culminate in something that does not belong in the world of gangster rap. It is a true hip-hop album, with instrumentals shot through with elements of 1980's-esque electronica and even rock. With guest appearances by Kanye West, MGMT, and the electro group Ratatat, it certainly is not lacking in any support from the musical community. Soundwise, the album is a spacious, reflective work that seems to invoke the kind of calmness that one normally feels when listening to calm ambient music. Lyrically, the album loses a tad of momentum. Cudi is obviously not a master of rhymes, but his true talent lies in connecting with listeners through the subject matters of his verses. Hip-Hop music relies not on the vocal talent of the artist (the artist is essentially talking, after all), but on the ability to communicate meaning to the patron. With his songs speaking of overcoming loneliness, nightmares, and anxiety, Cudi paints a portrait of someone who is easy to empathize with, someone down-to-earth but somehow still above the cesspool that the majority of hip-hop artists have fallen into. And unlike other rappers, Kid Cudi's sing-song style of rapping stands out among artists, with verses that can be either sung or rapped along too. In short, this is a near-perfect album. I have a feeling that I'll be listening to this for a long time. Expand
  7. May 15, 2011
    5
    i was feeling skeptical about this album. but it wasnt horrible. i thought it had a few good songs on it. his rapping ability is weak. 5 out of 10 because it could have been better. Expand

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