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
Length 4:56
Label GOOD Music, Universal Motown
Writer(s) Scott Mescudi, Emile Haynie, Dion Wilson
Producer(s) Emile
Kid Cudi singles chronology
"Erase Me"
(2010)
"Mr. Rager"
(2010)
"Just What I Am
(2012)
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, 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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