Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Why Kid Cudi's new album will either be amazing or awful

Kid CuDi - "Erase Me" (feat. Kanye West) (CDQ) by Some Kind of Awesome
The first full studio album from Kid Cudi, Man on the Moon: The End of Day, was one of my favorite records of the last year. I'm not usually into rap, but Cudi's songs were emotionally involving and catchy. Cudi has great rhythm, and the narration throughout made the entire experience cohesive. Overall, his album felt like something that was meaningful and different, yet still really fun.
From listening to the first two songs off of his newest album, Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager, which is set for October of this year, I feel Cudi will accomplish several of these things again. Both "REVOFEV" and "Erase Me (feat. Kanye West)" have great beats and practically beg to be sung/rapped along with. It also changes up his formula a bit, with a heavier leaning towards rock-style guitars and slower tempos. Cudi's delivery on the tracks is great also; his rapping has only become better.
However, I am worried that the album won't be as emotionally connective and dark. The End of Day follows the premise of a journey into the depths of the mind of this rapper. It's a look at his addictions, his desires, and his true feelings. This provides the album with a very personal and psychological feeling. But The Legend of Mr. Rager goes in the other direction. Mr. Rager is what the rapper calls his public alter-ego, the man you see on stage, and the man who is now famous. It tells stories from his real life. This is where the album will either fail or succeed. If Cudi can make the tales of Mr. Rager interesting and appeal to emotions, the album will garner the same personality that won me over on the first album. But if that emotion isn't backing the tracks, I'm worried it will be largely boring and just a vehicle for him to deliver radio singles.
Regardless, I'm excited for the album to release.

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