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Learn more about Man On The Moon:End Of Day (Explicit Version):

Format: CD
Sku: 211513108
UPC: 602527127521
UPC 14: 00602527127521
Release Date: 9/15/2009
Sales Rank: 243
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. In My Dreams [Cudder Anthem] ~ Kid Cudi
2. Soundtrack 2 My Life ~ Kid Cudi
3. Simple As... ~ Kid Cudi
4. Solo Dolo (Nightmare) ~ Kid Cudi
5. Heart of a Lion [Kid Cudi Theme Music] ~ Kid Cudi
6. My World ~ Kid Cudi
7. Day N Nite (Nightmare) ~ Kid Cudi
8. Sky Might Fall ~ Kid Cudi
9. Enter Galactic [Love Connection, Pt. 1] ~ Kid Cudi
10. Alive (Nightmare) - (featuring Ratatat) ~ Kid Cudi
11. Cudi Zone ~ Kid Cudi
12. Make Her Say - (featuring Common/Kanye West) ~ Kid Cudi
13. Pursuit of Happiness (Nightmare) - (featuring MGMT/Ratatat) ~ Kid Cudi
14. Hyyerr - (featuring Chip Tha Ripper) ~ Kid Cudi
15. Up Up & Away ~ Kid Cudi
Track Listing
1. In My Dreams [Cudder Anthem]
2. Soundtrack 2 My Life
3. Simple As...
4. Solo Dolo [Nightmare]
5. Heart of a Lion [KiD CuDi Theme Music]
6. My World
7. Day N Nite [Nightmare]
8. Sky Might Fall
9. Enter Galactic [Love Connection Part 1]
10. Alive [Nightmare] (Featuring Ratatat)
11. Cudi Zone
12. Make Her Say (Featuring Kanye West)
13. Pursuit of Happiness [Nightmare] (Featuring Ratatat)
14. Hyyear (Featuring Chip Tha Ripper)
15. Up Up & Away

"The music is engrossing and Cudi's angst genuine...  Jody Rosen, Rolling Stone Magazine

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Andrew VanWyngarden, Ben Goldwasser (vocals); Alain Whyte (guitar); Larry Gold (strings); Jeff Bhasker (keyboards, background vocals).
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Manny Marroquin.
Muze PNote Recording information: Avex Studios, Honolulu, HI; Chung King Studios, New York, NY; Jim Henson Studios, Hollywood, CA; Record Plant, Hollywood, CA; The Broski Room, New York, NY.
Muze PNote Director: Scott Mescudi.
Muze PNote Illustrator: Bill Sienkiewicz.
Muze PNote Kid Cudi is a fascinating rapper, claimed by the backpackers for his work with Kanye West on 808s & HEARTBREAK but equally loved by the mash-up club kids who went ape for his "Day N Nite" single, especially in its nu-disco remix from Crookers. His debut album was deep in the category of "much anticipated" as soon as it was announced, but when the promised game changer finally arrived, it became obvious that Cudi had already changed the game. With its narration from Common and a track list broken into five "acts," MAN ON THE MOON: THE END OF DAY is almost as conceptual as its name implies, kicking off with a spaced-out slow roller coated in strings while Cudi states "Welcome, you're in my dream now." What follows is Pink Floyd-styled story where the real world pain of "Soundtrack 2 My Life" mutates into sci-fi fantasies from the dark side of the moon. Along the way, brilliant samples--like a bit of OMD's esoteric album DAZZLE SHIPS--and innovative sounds from Cudi and special guests Emile, Ratatat, and MGMT slowly shuffle the listener through the man's spliff-fueled exploration of space. This first official release is a soul searcher and may require more patience than your everyday debut. Still, the chilly, complicated MAN ON THE MOON perfects the futuristic bleak-beat hip-hop Kanye purposed a year earlier, and rewards the listener with every tripped-out return.

Producer: Matthew Friedman; Emile Haynie; Patrick "Plain Pat" Reynolds; Kanye West; Jeff Bhasker

Engineer: Anthony Kilhoffer; Ryan West; Andrew Dawson; Emile Haynie; Evan Mast

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Bily Cravens
Muze Guest Artist Ratatat
Muze Guest Artist Common
Muze Guest Artist Kanye West
Muze Guest Artist MGMT
Muze Guest Artist Chip Tha Chip The Ripper

Artist Overview

The Ohio-born, Brooklyn-based hip-hop artist known as Kid Cudi debuted in 2008 with the online mixtape A KID NAMED CUDI. Blending elements of alternative rock, traditional boom bap, trip-hop, soul, and contemporary R&B, Kid Cudi's unique sound turned ears in both mainstream and underground circles. A KID NAMED CUDI's unusual production sound also caught the attention of Kanye West who enlisted Cudi to appear on his album 808S & HEARTBREAK later that year. "Day & Nite," aided by a sleek remix from the Crookers, would become one of the biggest pop and dance hits of 2009, lifting his career to a new level.

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations 808's & Heartbreak
Muze Music Compilations Ultra Dance 10
Muze Music Compilations Now That's What I Call Club Hits
Muze Music Compilations Blueprint 3(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Blueprint 3
Muze Music Compilations She Wolf
Muze Music Compilations Sex Therapy(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Sex Therapy:session
Muze Music Compilations Sex Therapy:experience(Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations Sex Therapy(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Ultra Weekend 6
Muze Music Compilations No Mercy(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations No Mercy(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Now 36
Muze Music Compilations Tbd
Muze Music Compilations My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (Explicit Version) (Deluxe Version)
Muze Music Compilations Ultra Dance 12
Muze Music Compilations Give The Drummer Some(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Ambition(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Amibition
Muze Music Compilations Tbd
Muze Music Compilations Wonderland
Muze Music Compilations Hunger Games: Songs From District 12 and Beyond
Muze Music Compilations Benny Benassi Presents Cavo Paradiso
Muze Music Compilations Ultra Dubstep
Muze Music Compilations Good Music Cruel Summer(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Hall Of Fame(Explicit Version)

Associated Artists and Works


Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 09/15/2009
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2009
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : BOO13195
Music Label Name Label : Motown
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00602527127521

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (p.96)
- 3 stars out of 5 -- "The music is engrossing and Cudi's angst genuine..."

Spin (p.88)
- "Scott Ramon Seguro Mescudi is a quirky, singing rapper with a nice, effortless stoner drawl....He's more concerned with melody and emotion than lyrical terror."

Entertainment Weekly (p.129)
- "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." -- Grade: A-

Entertainment Weekly (p.102)
- Included in Entertainment Weekly's 'The Best Albums of 2009' -- "Exposing his own ambitions and anxieties over trippy beats one moment, collaborating with left-fielders like indie-rock bands Ratatat and MGMT the next..."

Billboard (p.52)
- "The rapper's delivery is confident in a poetic and artful way, channeled through a theatrical set of songs..."

Q (Magazine)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "'Pursuit Of Happiness,' a psychedelic wash of piano riffs and lush harmonies courtesy of MGMT, has shades of The Flaming Lips."

Slant Magazine 8 of 10
Kid Cudi doesn't want you to take him seriously. On his debut album, Man on the Moon: The End of Day, he says, "I got 99 problems, and they all bitches/Wish I was Jigga, man, carefree living/But I'm not Sean or Martin Louie/I'm the Cleveland n***a rolling with them Brooklyn boys." The rest of the album, like the rapper's year-old mixtape, A Kid Named Cudi, is full of those kinds of flippant one-liners ("It's all said and done, and my c**k's been sucked"), but like his Midwestern brethren the Cool Kids, who share a juvenile moniker as well as a taste for retro hip-hop, Cudi genuinely seems to just be having fun...It wasn't very ambitious, but Kid Named Cudi announced one of the most promising, likeable new sounds in hip-hop. He can switch from rap to soul as easily as he can crack a joke: In his memorable tribute to marijuana, "Maui Wowie," he says he's "on a mission to get lifted like John Legend and shit." But from its bombastic title to Common's annoying narration, Man on the Moon vies for both a bigger pop platform and indie credibility. Unfortunately, the much-ballyhooed collaboration with MGMT and Ratatat, "Pursuit of Happiness," is exactly the kind of overproduced rock-rap ballad that will no doubt invite the disdain of the Pitchfork tastemakers that Cudi has been courting. The drippy lyrics describe a stoner's inner torment, but it's hard to believe Cudi is very tormented, especially when he's toking up...Tellingly, the best song on the album is actually an extended joke: the Kanye-produced "Make Her Say," in which both rappers and Common riff on the coded sexual messages of Lady Gaga's "Poker Face." "I make her say 'oh' when I poke her face," might be the most audaciously crude chorus of the year, but the sparse production and Cudi's dexterous rhyming are too good to ignore. As long as you don't take them too seriously. - Paul Schrodt


Kid Cudi

Kid Cudi is a Brooklyn-based rapper from Cleveland whose debut single, "Day 'n' Nite," became an online favorite in 2008. Born Scott Ramon Seguro Mescudi in suburban Cleveland, his career took off after he moved to Brooklyn and became affiliated with Fool's Gold, the label of DJs A-Trak and Nick Catchdubs. The label released the Day 'n' Nite EP in February 2008 and circulated a Crookers remix around the blogosphere, drumming up a good deal of buzz in the process. It didn't hurt that Kid Cudi began to receive increasing press attention, including a nod from Rolling Stone (which touted him among the magazine's Top Five best indie hip-hop artists of 2008). Not long after the release of "Day 'n' Nite," Kid Cudi began touring with the Fool's Gold collective, which performed at a South by Southwest showcase and subsequently joined forces with Steve Aoki and his Dim Mak collective for a North American tour. As the remixed version of "Day 'n' Nite" climbed the U.K. singles charts, Kid Cudi readied the release of his full-length album debut for summer 2009.

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Kid Cudi
Product attributeLabel:   Universal Music Group
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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