Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
Buy On
  1. Dec 21, 2010
    60
    Like his debut album, the sequel suffers and shines due to inconsistency. Cudi's strong creative streak leads him to follow through on every idea that crosses his mind, resulting in brilliantly unique moments and lots of stoner stumbles.
  2. Uncut
    Dec 20, 2010
    60
    Boasts and breakbeats are in short supply here. Instead, over gloomy strings, and pounding martial drums, Cudi rails against celebrity culture, confesses to coke-fuelled rages and even contemplates suicide. [Dec 2010, p.97]
  3. Dec 8, 2010
    60
    The album explores multiple reasons for obsession with drugs – spirituality, fantasy, genetics, compulsion, to avoid suicide. None are delved into as creatively as on the debut album.
  4. Dec 8, 2010
    60
    A disappointing sequel despite Cudi's innovative tendencies.
  5. If you're hoping for change here, give up now. Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager is also presented in five acts, and again has no real structure to justify them.
  6. Dec 21, 2010
    50
    They're simply more window dressing on a piece of work that needs all the help it can get.
  7. Dec 8, 2010
    50
    As Drake and Kanye West have demonstrated, there's room in hip-hop for melancholic MCs who upend the self-congratulation that dominates the genre.
  8. Dec 8, 2010
    50
    Filtered drum patterns, neo-gospel arrangements and plaintive piano jams, along with curious and catchy enough melodies, obscure Cudi's guttural talk-raps for a bit.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 181 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 40
  2. Negative: 2 out of 40
  1. Nov 9, 2010
    10
    Kid Cudi is the best "artist" in rap. Creatively no one, other than Kanye comes close. This album is an improvement over the last one and IKid Cudi is the best "artist" in rap. Creatively no one, other than Kanye comes close. This album is an improvement over the last one and I really think he's found his sound fully. Full Review »
  2. Nov 14, 2010
    9
    Deep, dark and depressing, everything Cudi promised. Another great album from one of rap's most honest artists, can't wait for the nextDeep, dark and depressing, everything Cudi promised. Another great album from one of rap's most honest artists, can't wait for the next installment in the series Full Review »
  3. Nov 11, 2010
    8
    If you wanna know what a Cudi album sounds like when he's not on drugs... Do not listen to Man on the Moon Vol. 2. If you were a follower ofIf you wanna know what a Cudi album sounds like when he's not on drugs... Do not listen to Man on the Moon Vol. 2. If you were a follower of the lonely stoner already, then this is for you. I think it is fair to say that Cudi is not the best rapper. That is not why I listen to his music. The production is amazing, and Cudi's voice is infectious and used more as an instrument than anything else. Yes, there are a few failures on the album but that is Cudi experimenting and reaching too much, which I can understand. Better that than be too safe. Then there is the standout "Mojo So Dope" where you can almost see a smile cracking on his face. While it would be nice to hear a laugh once in a while, that's not Cudi's MO. Welcome to the Cudi zone. Full Review »