Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. With Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager, it seems he's on the road to finding what works, with varying degrees of success.
  2. Jan 14, 2011
    In music, the best artists bare their souls and shed light into unknown realities. With Cudi, however, the wounds might still be too deep, since he bemoans his way through the impressive soundtrack and lacks the essence needed to make this project resonate.Life has its ups and downs, but there's no need to implode.
  3. 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.
  4. Dec 21, 2010
    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.
  5. Dec 21, 2010
    There is nothing overblown about the album, there's no sense of superiority here. This is the proof that Cudi fell from grace but was able to gracefully climb out of that dark place with a desire to be better, not just for himself, but for us.
  6. Dec 21, 2010
    They're simply more window dressing on a piece of work that needs all the help it can get.
  7. Dec 21, 2010
    The music is as consuming and intoxicating as the lifestyle Cudi describes. On two albums, the stoned-and-alone rapper has created a world built for one.
  8. Dec 8, 2010
    Pursuing genius at the expense of consistency might work out just fine for Cudi: I'm not convinced that he's a good rapper, but I'm pretty sure he's an important one.
  9. Dec 8, 2010
    Kid Cudi's Man on the Moon II was released in a year where rap album sequels were common, but unlike most of the competition, this sequel has a very strong link to its predecessor.
  10. Dec 8, 2010
    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.
  11. Whenever Mr Rager sets off on his next adventure we're ready, musical machetes in hand, to follow him into the undergrowth…
  12. 70
    The album makes for uneasy listening, though Kid Cudi is not entirely oblivous to commercial imperatives.
  13. Dec 8, 2010
    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.
  14. 88
    Brushes with the law and a cocaine habit sent his personal life on a turn to the dark side, something that's soon evident over the course of Mr. Rager's 17 remorseful tracks.
  15. Dec 8, 2010
    A disappointing sequel despite Cudi's innovative tendencies.
  16. Dec 8, 2010
    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.
  17. Dec 8, 2010
    Man on the Moon II, the sequel, is still a bumpy listen, but it tweaks his formula enough to at least hint at the massive promise Kanye sees in him.
  18. Oct 21, 2010
    Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager, the sequel to The End of Day, is a revelation, boldly reshaping Cudi's sound -- with vivid production by Emile, Plain Pat, the Cool Kids' Chuck Inglish, Jim Jonsin, Diplo, and others.
  19. Dec 20, 2010
    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]
  20. Dec 20, 2010
    Cudi is very much in a world of his own. [Dec 2010, p.110]
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 128 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 39
  2. Negative: 2 out of 39
  1. Nov 14, 2010
    Deep, 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 »
  2. Nov 11, 2010
    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 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 »
  3. Nov 9, 2010
    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 I really think he's found his sound fully. Full Review »