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  • Summary: The third and final installment of the rapper's Main On The Moon trilogy features guest appearances from Phoebe Bridgers, Pop Smoke, Skepta, and Trippie Redd.
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  1. Dec 11, 2020
    90
    It’s not clear if this is to be the last instalment of the man on the moon franchise, but what is clear is that Kid Cudi is back on track, and with this release, has made his best solo album to date.
  2. Dec 14, 2020
    83
    The album generally finds his deep-breathing, sing-song-y baritone nestled almost exclusively in ambient synth-hop. Ultimately, this nearly single-sourced sound is more consistent, and easier on the ears. ... But it’s when Cudi is by himself — lonely and punching through the darkness — that his somnolent, bittersweet reveries are at their tastiest.
  3. 83
    Throughout the journey of the Man on the Moon trilogy, which is imbued with many twists and turns, The Chosen captures Cudi as victorious, finally reaching his long-awaited destination.
  4. 80
    While it might take a few listens to make sense of the album's seemingly muddled introduction, one thing is clear: by the end of this hour-long journey, Cudi has reached his destination.
  5. Dec 14, 2020
    72
    This is a fun, sometimes moving project, extremely consistent and concise by the standards we apply to Kid Cudi since around 2013.
  6. Jan 20, 2021
    70
    Cudi wrestles with the same struggles that have plagued him since he began sharing the complexities of his internal world, but at its best, Man on the Moon, Vol 3: The Chosen shows that years of struggle have yielded substantial growth.
  7. Dec 16, 2020
    49
    “Mr. Solo Dolo III” is only memorable because of its title, which like too much of Man on the Moon III is coasting on a legacy built a lifetime ago.

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  1. Positive: 85 out of 96
  2. Negative: 7 out of 96
  1. Dec 11, 2020
    10
    Perfect album! Every track here transcends into a melodic seek for happiness and acceptance. The Phoebe Bridgers collab is on point.
  2. Dec 25, 2020
    10
    amaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazing
  3. Dec 11, 2020
    10
    Amazing piece of art. Kid Cudi has truly redeemed himself and also establishes his spot in today's mainstream rap. He uses an amalgamationAmazing piece of art. Kid Cudi has truly redeemed himself and also establishes his spot in today's mainstream rap. He uses an amalgamation of sounds that have evolved since the last Man on The Moon and then incorporates it with his iconic sound to create a blissful listening experience. Expand
  4. Dec 13, 2020
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Get ready for a lot of humming :) Lots of good vibes here. It's just a little disappointing there's no guitar stuff but honestly it wouldn't have fit the theme of the album. Cudi nails a surprise drill beat in Show Out. There's a couple really touching songs, Elsie's Baby Boy, Sept 16, The Void, Lovin' Me, towards the end which I feel are the highlight. Expand
  5. Dec 16, 2020
    9
    So much to say about this album. Sorry in advance because this review is about to be long.

    Let's begin smoothly. The artwork cover is
    So much to say about this album. Sorry in advance because this review is about to be long.

    Let's begin smoothly. The artwork cover is really cool since it is composed by the fusion of those of 'Man On The Moon' I & II. We find back Cudi's face and the colours present on MOTM I and the stars and the dark side of the II. There is truly an interesting visual effect of progressiveness and movement.

    Now we're about to go down. Firstly the beats and overall production are really close to what we are used to hear usually in 2020's rap especially the first half of the project. In a way we could speak of a certain loss of originality from the artist. But the rest of the project sees Cudi taking back what he started himself: more dazzling and transcending productions. 'Elsie's Baby Boy (flashback)' is instrumentally the most authentic Cudi track of the album.

    Anyway when you associate this kind of production with Cudi's lyrics you obtain something far beyond normality. The artist doesn't hesitate to testify the long painful but splendid journey he achieved in order to learn to love himself. He even takes his time to magnificently thank back his fans and their support on 'The Void'. Cudi had certainly way more things to say than to hum because 'Man On The Moon III' is almost spared from the classic yet appreciated Cudi's hummings.

    In this sacred garden of authenticity and deep humanity there are unfortunately few dark points. One of them is in featured artists. Phoebe Bridgers' presence is perfect, accurate and a good surprise. However all the other ones (Trippie Redd, Skepta and of course Pop Smoke) don't really fit in the project. I particularly found that the 'Show Out' song was completely inappropriate in this album, breaking its pace and inner spirit. 'Rockstar Knights' even if catchy doesn't add that much of content. Speaking of featurings and influences, we have to make something clear. Travis Scott physically did not offer his help in any way on this project. It was barely impossible to believe it when you pay attention to the structure, lyrics and production of 'Damaged'. Nevertheless it is a really interesting parallel to make because we clearly see here the mutual influences between the two artists. Travis admitted to admire Cudi's work during his childhood and adolescence. And now Cudi manages to humbly position himself to the fame he deserves.

    'Man On The Moon III' had the chance to come out the same day as the second 2020 Taylor Swift's album ('evermore'). The audience competition is strong. However we can observe with the statistics that the Cudi's fanbase didn't abandonned him. With this project he proudly faced one of the darkest fear of his former role model Kanye West who postponed the release of his album 'DONDA: With Child' multiple times just to avoid Swift's releases and celebrity.

    Cudi eventually elevates himself as the prince of teasing when you hear his daughter whisper 'to be continued' on the last 'Lord I Know' track. I had a hard time not bursting out laughing when I heard it. Cudi made each and everyone wait for 10 years for the end of this amazing 'Man On The Moon' trilogy and ends it on a 'to be continued'. What a prank.

    To end this endless review I would simply highlight the fact that his public found back a rested, happy, healed and even more self-conscious Kid Cudi. I can't wait to hear some musical news from him and the patience to see what artistic and lyrical direction he will take in his next tracklist is already unbearable.
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  6. Dec 21, 2020
    8
    Kid Cudi's Man On The Moon III is possibly his best solo project, featuring amazing tracks, lyrics, and otherworldly production. Although theKid Cudi's Man On The Moon III is possibly his best solo project, featuring amazing tracks, lyrics, and otherworldly production. Although the Pop Smoke and Trippie Redd features were unnecessary and rather disappointing, this is still an amazing album overall.

    Favourite tracks: Tequila Shots, Another Day, Dive, Damaged, Sad People, Sept. 16, The Void, Lovin' Me, Lord I Know

    Least favourite tracks: Show Out, Rockstar Knights
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  7. Mar 22, 2021
    0
    Get ready for liftoff. Man on the moon 3, The latest installment of the man on the moon series created by Kid Cudi is more than just an albumGet ready for liftoff. Man on the moon 3, The latest installment of the man on the moon series created by Kid Cudi is more than just an album but a get away from reality. Scott Mesicudi better known as “Kid Cudi” brings to you a whole new experience. In this album Cudi is going heads up with his depression and brings us along for the ride. Cudi with his harmonic voice over his futuristic ambient alternative hip-hop beats, Sings about how he's struggling with loving himself but through the album he begins to over power the depression. This album in a way is therapeutic for anyone that is going through depression or feels like giving up.
    Throughout the album Kid Cudi is at war with his demons and refusing to go back to his old ways which tends to be a problem that many face in everyday life. In the first song of the album “Tequila shots” Cudi sings “ Alotta Stuff waitin on me right now, it's a storm never thought i would be back here bleeding” This shows that he is struggling within himself and is falling back into a familiar place of pain. Then goes to sing on the chorus “Can’t stop this war, in me, in me ,Hm, hear me now, hey This time I'm ready for it” Even though Cudi is struggling he’s ready this time around .
    As the album continues Cudi continues to try to find an even ground with his demons and begins to feel as if he isn't changing . This to me is something that a lot of people go through at times . Struggling with being the same old person that they once were and struggling to not continue down a bad path. For example , In the song “Another Day” Cudi sings “Day fades and the sun goes away Same old guy and the same old pain Ain't much changin' me, y'all (yeah)Seems like ain't nothin' changin' me, y'all Thank God it's all another day But I can't go escape, what I have made Nah, ain't much changin' me, y'all (yeah)Seems like ain't nothin' changin' me, y'all (yeah)” . To feel as if you aren't going anywhere and stuck in a bad position is something millions face everyday. Cudi is expressing to the audience and is letting us all know that we are not alone in this.
    Future more, The ending of Man on the Moon 3, Cudi begins to realize his inner strength and begins to have hope . For example, in the last song of the album
    “Lord i Know” Cudi sings on the chorus “ Start to show, Blessings in my life, lord i know, you can make it right” The tone of voice completely changes from the first song Tequila Shots, Cudi ends the album in hope .
    In all, Cudi is sharing his experience with depression and is shedding light on a topic that isn't as openly discussed as it should be. Man on the Moon 3 is more than just a cry for help yet an open experience for anyone to interrupt in their own unique way.
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