KiD CuDi – “Man on the Moon: The End of Day” review

Not too long after the release of his breakout mixtape A KiD Named CuDi, Cleveland rapper KiD CuDi went on to sign with Kanye West’s label GOOD Music & he even co-wrote 4 songs on his mentor’s latest album 808s & Heartbreak (with 1 of the 4 songs having him featured on the hook of it). A year has since passed & after being nominated as a part of the 2009 XXL Freshman Class as well as being featured on the then latest Alchemist & JAY Z albums Chemical Warfare & The Blueprint 3 respectively, he’s finally delivering his full-length commercial debut. If you couldn’t tell by the title of the song “Simple As…”, KiD CuDi is basically & charismatically keeping it simple for all the stupid motherfuckers out there. The production from his then manager Plain Pat has this clever sample of “ABC (Auto-Industry)” by the Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark throughout. The song “Solo Dolo” is dedicated to CuDi’s self-reliance & I like how Emile’s production is mainly somber, but then the string sections near the end make it uplifting. The song “Day ‘n’ Nite” was written right after the death of CuDi’s uncle & it actually happens to be the 7th track from his breakout tape reappearing as the 7th track on here. The spacey production from KiD CuDi’s longtime friend WZRD cohort Dot da Genius is still flawless as is how catchy CuDi himself sounds throughout the song. The next song “Sky Might Fall” is CuDi reassuring both himself & the listener that everything will be alright in the end despite all the downs in life & Kanye’s production has an epic atmosphere throughout. On the album’s sophomore single “Make Her Say (I Poke Her Face)”, CuDi & his mentor get with Common (who also acts as the narrator throughout the entire album) to talk about oral sex over a clever yet hilarious sample of “Poker Face” by Lady Gaga. The song “Pursuit of Happiness” is a party track & while I like the production on here (especially the keys & electric guitar), I actually prefer the Steve Aoki remix of this song a lot more. Mainly because I feel like it enhances the vibe of the song by a dozen notches. The album’s closer “Up Up & Away” is a celebratory wake & bake anthem & I love the guitar work throughout. Honestly, I think this is CuDi’s most ambitious work to date. Mainly because of it’s concept & cohesiveness as well as CuDi’s overall hunger throughout & mainly exemplifying himself as a brand new face in the hip hop game

Score: 4/5

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