Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager

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Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager
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Studio album by Kid Cudi
Released November 9, 2010
Recorded 2009–2010
Genre
Length 62:06
Label
Producer
Kid Cudi chronology
Man on the Moon: The End of Day
(2009)Man on the Moon: The End of Day2009
Man On The Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager
(2010)
Indicud
(2013)Indicud2013
Singles from Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager
  1. "Erase Me"
    Released: August 17, 2010
  2. "Mr. Rager"
    Released: October 25, 2010

Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager is the second studio album by American rapper Kid Cudi. It was released on November 9, 2010, by GOOD Music and Universal Motown Records.[1][2] The album was supported by two singles: "Erase Me" and "Mr. Rager".

Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager debuted at number three on the US Billboard 200, selling 169,000 copies during its first week of release.[3] The album received generally positive reviews from critics. On March 27, 2018, the album was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), for shipments of 1,000,000 copies in the United States.[4]

Recording and production[edit]

Jim Jonsin, who produced the album's first single compared Cudi's blending of sounds to B.o.B's genre-bending album The Adventures of Bobby Ray, stating "It's a mix. It's kind of some club stuff, some hip-hop traditional rap stuff, and then some rock-pop stuff. He's goin' everywhere."[5] Cudi later said that Jonsin had misinformed fans about the new album, "I got mad love for Jim but he was misinformed. There is no Kanye & Kid Cudi Duran Duran song, I'd sample a 90s record before a 80s record anyday and when I worked with Jim, I hadn't even started sessions with Plain Pat and Emile yet so the direction of my album was yet to be determined."[6]

In a September 2010 interview with Spike TV, Cudi spoke on the album's guest appearances: "Man, when it comes to features, I kinda just stick to my homies. My peoples Chip tha Ripper, GLC [who is] a GOOD Music affiliate. Got my boy Cage over there, and Mary J. Blige on the album. We got Cee-Lo on the album. It's just really taking off where we last stopped."[7]

Music[edit]

Cudi stated that "Man On The Moon II is dark by nature and instead of bringing you into my dreams like my first album, I'm bringing you into my reality, good and bad. It will explain more of who I am as well as pushing the envelope musically."[2] Cudi also stated he has scrapped the collaborative theme of Cudder for a project that is more personal.[2] He also discusses his former cocaine addiction on the album.[8] Music critic Matthew Cole, noted elements of rock music on the album and wrote that it "finds Cudi burrowing deeper into the black hole of spacey psychedelia, fusing the clinical, synthetic hip-hop of 808s & Heartbreak with rock sounds derived from Hendrix, Pink Floyd and Zappa."[9]

Singles[edit]

The album's first official single, titled "Erase Me" featuring Kanye West, was debuted on a Cleveland radio station on June 30, 2010, and it was officially released to Rhythm / Crossover radio on August 17, 2010.[10][11][12] On August 24, 2010, the song "Erase Me" was released digitally on iTunes.[13] On October 25, 2010, the song "Mr. Rager" was released digitally via iTunes as the album's second single.[14]

Promotional singles[edit]

The album's first promotional single, titled "Revofev", which stands for "Revolution of Evolution", was released through Kid Cudi's website on June 17, 2010. The song was produced by Plain Pat.[15]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?6.6/10[16]
Metacritic69/100[17]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[18]
The A.V. ClubC[19]
Chicago Tribune3.5/4 stars[20]
Entertainment WeeklyA–[21]
NME9/10[22]
Pitchfork6.7/10[23]
Q4/5 stars[24]
Rolling Stone2.5/5 stars[25]
Slant Magazine3.5/5 stars[9]
Spin8/10[26]

Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager received generally positive reviews from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 69, based on 20 reviews.[17] Entertainment Weekly's Simon Vozick-Levinson called it "a cohesively constructed concept album that will reward repeat listens."[21] Chicago Tribune writer Greg Kot complimented Cudi's themes of "the stoned-and-alone rapper" and stated, "the music is as consuming and intoxicating as the lifestyle Cudi describes."[20] Charles Aaron of Spin commended it for "boldly reshaping Cudi's sound – with vivid production" and stated "The dizzy friction between rap's grasping for control and rock's desire to lose it entirely give Cudi's confessions a dicey, volatile edge."[26] AllMusic writer David Jeffries said that, "just like on his debut, the soundscape is spacy and far-reaching, making this interstellar therapy session a much more interesting transmission. At its best, it's fascinating."[18] Slant Magazine's Matthew Cole expressed that "the hybrid production style proves an atmospheric and eerie delight" and commended Cudi for his unconventional musical approach, writing in conclusion, "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] Mark Beaumont of NME called it "a grungy, filthy record full of angels and demons."[22] Pitchfork's Jayson Greene called Man on the Moon II "a bumpy listen", but found it "more fully realized" than Cudi's debut album.[23]

In a mixed review, Michaelangelo Matos of The A.V. Club found Cudi's delivery insouciant and the music merely "listenable", without "much grasp of any of the styles or modes he tries out."[19] Dave Heaton of PopMatters viewed that its "subject matter" is not "delved into as creatively as on the debut album" and stated "Sometimes [Cudi] seems to be falling into the typical trap of sequels: replicating instead of moving forward."[27] Rolling Stone's Jonah Weiner commended its "dramatic, breathtakingly stark production", but ultimately panned Cudi's performance and stated "he's grown rote in his self-pity and flat as a singer."[25] Jon Pareles of The New York Times viewed that Cudi's rapping "wander[s] away while the track continues without him" and stated "In its utter self-absorption, the album teeters between fascinating and numbing."[28] Nitsuh Abebe of New York called it "a weary and sometimes beautiful catalogue of trying times and overindulgence [...] a melodic take on hip-hop that feels woozy and genuinely passionate, inviting you as deeply into his head as the lyrics. [...] But vulnerability loses its power when it’s calculated to sound dramatic and masculine."[29]

In 2012, Complex named the album one of the classic albums of the last decade.[30]

Commercial performance[edit]

Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager debuted at number three on the US Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 169,000 copies.[3] In its second week, the album has crossed the 200,000 sales mark.[31] As of December 2011, the album had sold 353,000 copies in the United States.[32] On March 27, 2018, the album was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), for selling more than 1,000,000 copies in the United States.[4]

Track listing[edit]

Act I: The World I Am Ruling
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Scott Mescudi vs. the World" (featuring CeeLo Green)Haynie3:55
2."Revofev"Plain Pat3:03
Act II: A Stronger Trip
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
3."Don't Play This Song" (featuring Mary J. Blige)
  • Mescudi
  • Haynie
Haynie3:43
4."We Aite (Wake Your Mind Up)"
  • Mescudi
  • Haynie
Haynie1:27
5."Marijuana"4:20
6."Mojo So Dope"Haynie3:31
Act III: Party On
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
7."Ashin' Kusher"Chuck Inglish3:49
8."Erase Me" (featuring Kanye West)
Jim Jonsin3:13
9."Wild'n Cuz I'm Young"
  • Mescudi
  • Reynolds
Plain Pat4:14
10."The Mood"
  • Mescudi
  • Haynie
Haynie2:36
Act IV: The Transformation
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
11."Maniac" (featuring Cage and St. Vincent)Kilhoffer2:58
12."Mr. Rager"
  • Mescudi
  • Haynie
Haynie4:54
13."These Worries" (featuring Mary J. Blige)
  • Mescudi
  • Haynie
Haynie4:16
14."The End" (featuring GLC, Chip tha Ripper and Nicole Wray)
Blended Babies4:21
Act V: You Live & You Learn
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
15."All Along"
  • Mescudi
  • Haynie
Haynie3:23
16."Ghost!"
  • Mescudi
  • Haynie
  • Rusty Evans
  • V. Pike
  • T. Randazzo
Haynie4:49
17."Trapped in My Mind"
  • Mescudi
  • Omishore
  • Dot da Genius
  • Kid Cudi
3:34

Sample credits

  • "Mojo So Dope" contains a sample of "Claustrophobia", performed by Choir of Young Believers.
  • "Maniac" contains a sample of "The Strangers", performed by St. Vincent.
  • "The End" contains a sample of "I Need Your Love", performed by Skip Mahoney and The Casuals.
  • "Ghost!" embodies a portion of "My Rainbow Life", performed by The Freak Scene.

Personnel[edit]

Credits for Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager adapted from AllMusic.[33]

  • Jennifer Beal – producer
  • Blended Babies – producer
  • Ray Bradley – guitar
  • Sandy Brummels – creative director
  • Chip tha Ripper – engineer
  • Mike Dean – guitar, organ, piano
  • R. Evans – producer
  • Dot da Genius – engineer, mixing, producer
  • Larry Gold – conductor, string arrangements, strings
  • Leonard Harris – engineer
  • Emile Haynie – engineer, executive producer, keyboards, producer, synthesizer
  • Ghazi Hourani – engineer
  • Matt Huber – assistant
  • Chuck Inglish – producer
  • Jim Jonsin – keyboards, producer, programming
  • J.P. Keller – bass, guitar
  • Kid Cudi – art direction, design, director, executive producer
  • Anthony Kilhoffer – engineer, mixing, producer
  • Brent Kolatalo – engineer
  • Anthony Kronfle – engineer
  • Ken Lewis – bass, guitar, keyboards, woodwind
  • Pamela Littky – photography
  • Nigil Mack – A&R
  • Erik Madrid – assistant
  • Robert Marks – mixing
  • Manny Marroquin – mixing
  • Graham Marsh – engineer
  • Sean McCoy – assistant
  • Vlado Meller – mastering
  • Christian Mochizuki – engineer
  • Rich Perry – engineer
  • Christian Plata – assistant
  • Kevin Porter – engineer
  • Patrick "Plain Pat" Reynolds – executive producer
  • Frank Romano – guitar, bass
  • Mark Santangelo – assistant
  • Ryan West – engineer, mixing
  • Jason Wilkie – assistant
  • James Wisner – engineer
  • Andrew Wright – engineer
  • Anthony Wright – engineer
  • Billy Zarro – product manager

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[4] Platinum 1,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

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