Man On The Moon:End Of Day (Explicit Version) CD (2009)

Artist: Kid Cudi

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Product Overview

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


Label Universal Music Group
SKU 211513108
UPC 602527127521
UPC 14 00602527127521
Format CD
Release Date 9/15/2009
Author Kid Cudi
Associated Artist/Work Crookers
Associated Artist/Work Wale
Artist Influence Gnarls Barkley
Artist Influence K.M.D.
Artist Influence Kanye West
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Artist Influence The Neptunes
Artist Contemporary B.o.B
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Artist Contemporary Kanye West
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Artist Contemporary Wale
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Artist Follower Raury
Technical Info
Engineer Anthony Kilhoffer; Ryan West; Andrew Dawson; Emile Haynie; Evan Mast
Producer Matthew Friedman; Emile Haynie; Patrick "Plain Pat" Reynolds; Kanye West; Jeff Bhasker
CatalogID BOO13195
Lable Name Motown
Released 09/15/2009
Original Release 2009
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 58m : 29s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00602527127521
Musical Guests
Bily Cravens
Kanye West
Chip Tha Chip The Ripper
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Andrew VanWyngarden, Ben Goldwasser (vocals); Alain Whyte (guitar); Larry Gold (strings); Jeff Bhasker (keyboards, background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Manny Marroquin.
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.
Director: Scott Mescudi.
Illustrator: Bill Sienkiewicz.
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.
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.
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) (p.120) - 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."
Artist Bio
Kid CudiKid 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.
Disc 1
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, Pt. 1]
10 Alive (Nightmare) - (featuring Ratatat)
11 Cudi Zone
12 Make Her Say - (featuring Common/Kanye West)
13 Pursuit of Happiness (Nightmare) - (featuring MGMT/Ratatat)
14 Hyyerr - (featuring Chip Tha Ripper)
15 Up Up & Away
ReviewSource Slant Magazine
Review 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.
Reviewer Paul Schrodt
ReviewRating 8
Product Attributes
Artist Kid Cudi
Label Universal Music Group
Music Format Compact Disc
Jody Rosen, Rolling Stone Magazine The music is engrossing and Cudi's angst genuine...
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