Mr. Rager

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"Mr. Rager"
Single by Kid Cudi
from the album Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager
Released October 25, 2010
Format Digital download
Recorded 2010
Genre Alternative hip hop, neo-psychedelia
Length 4:56
Label GOOD Music, Universal Motown
Writer(s) Scott Mescudi, Emile Haynie, Dion Wilson
Producer(s) Emile, No I.D., Jeff Bhasker
Kid Cudi singles chronology
"Erase Me"
(2010)
"Mr. Rager"
(2010)
"Run"
(2011)
Music video
"Mr. Rager" on YouTube

"Mr. Rager" is a song written and recorded by American recording artist Kid Cudi, taken from his second studio album Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager (2010). The song, produced by Emile, No I.D. and Jeff Bhasker, was officially released as a digital download on October 25, 2010.

Background[edit]

In an interview with Complex magazine, Cudi shed light on the song's meaning: "This song is about someone who is fed up with reality, who looks for thrills and excitement by any means. It's just kind of how I was feeling at that point. I was just so angry. Doing coke revived me, and knowing I was so close to death every time intrigued me. I liked the thought of it."[1]

On October 20, 2010, Complex released a video on which he continued to explain the concept of "Mr. Rager": "The whole 'Mr. Rager' thing is not really like a split personality, it is me. However, it's just kinda talking about a certain mind state I was in, a very destructive mind state, where I wasn't thinking clearly.[2]

In December 2011, on one of his viral videos, the late Ben Breedlove, whose videos about his near-death experiences and visions of heaven went viral in 2012 shortly after his death, stated that "Mr. Rager" was his favorite song.[3] A memoir about Ben Breedlove, written by his sister Ally Breedlove, was released in October 2013; the memoir's title was taken from a line in the song, "When Will the Heaven Begin?".[4]

Music video[edit]

Kid Cudi first spoke of the music video on March 5, 2011, via his Twitter feed, when he announced: "[the] maniac horror short will be released on halloween, rager short this summer, marijuana video this spring. i got you guys, no worries."[5]

On September 8, 2011, Cudi released the official music video for "Mr. Rager". The video, directed by Jérémie Rozan from Surface to Air, features a brief cameo appearance from his mentor Kanye West. The plot and concerns of the video have been subject to much debate.

Charts[edit]

Charts Peak
position
US Billboard Hot 100[6] 77

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kid Cudi: Mad Man On The Moon (2010 Cover Story)". Complex. 17 September 2010. Retrieved 2011-10-05. 
  2. ^ "Kid Cudi Talks "Man On The Moon II: The Legend Of Mr. Rager" Album (VIDEO)" (Video), Complex, October 20, 2010, retrieved 2011-10-05 
  3. ^ Venutolo, Anthony (December 29, 2011 (updated January 09, 2012)). "Rapper Kid Cudi acknowledges late teen Ben Breedlove". The Star-Ledger.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. ^ "When Will the Heaven Begin?: This Is Ben Breedlove's Story". Penguingroup.com (Pearson PLC). Retrieved June 13, 2013. 
  5. ^ Mescudi, Scott (5 March 2011). "Tweet". Twitter. maniac horror short will be released on halloween, rager short this summer, marijuana video this spring. i got you guys, no worries 
  6. ^ "Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr.Rager – Billboard Singles". allmusic by Rovi. Retrieved 25 November 2012. 

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