Not the party-rap album of the year, Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager is a continuation of Kid Cudi’s cross-genre brand of deeper, darker hip-hop. On his sophomore release, the Cleveland native plays little with his style, sticking to the melancholy, lonely delivery that gained him popularity on his 2009 debut, with songs such as the major hit “Day ‘n’ Nite.”
With few light moments, listening to the album as a whole causes Kid Cudi’s own somber mood to rub off. That said, though, there are several songs of note, including “Scott Mescudi vs. the World,” featuring Cee-Lo; the title track, “Mr. Rager,” and offical first single “Erase Me,” which has a guest appearance by Kanye West.
But in the future, Kid Cudi might want to remember to include some relief from thoughts of suicide and insanity — his mind seems like too somber a place to be trapped in for a whole album. Out of all the drugs Kid Cudi references, the one he fails to mention is the one he probably needs the most: some sort of antidepressant.
Siren Music Reviewer