A concept album , narrated by fellow American rapper Common , it follows the release of his first mixtape A Kid Named Cudi To further promote the album, he toured with Asher Roth and Lady Gaga , respectively. The album received generally positive reviews from critics, who praised it for its music composition and different approach to being a hip-hop record. Aside from being included on critics list of the best albums of the year, Man on the Moon: The End of Day received three Grammy Awards nominations. The album debuted at number four on both the Billboard , selling , copies in its first week of release in the United States.
Outside of the US, the album was less commercially successful, generally peaking outside of the top fifty positions of album charts. According to AllMusic , soon after it was announced that Cudi would release this album it became "deep in the category of 'much anticipated'". He said that without those song successes Man on the Moon: The End of Day would not have been picked up by any major labels. Performance artist Andy Kaufman partly inspired the new title.
Before the success of " Day 'n' Nite ", the rapper had said that he would never try to mix politics or jocular things in with his lyrical content. After realizing the power of his voice he then decided to make important and unique songs, focusing on the message, rather than just creating inane music.
He said his mode of operation at that time "was just, 'Hey, I'm making these cool sounding songs and I have little messages in them'", but still had himself in it. He wrote "Day 'n' Nite" after the death of his uncle. The two were not on speaking terms after his uncle forced him out of his home before Cudi could find another living situation. A bitter Cudi never apologized to him before his death, which he now regrets. However, Cudi chose against it since he was not interested in working with people who are in the "same creative realm" as him and because he was in the midst of creating his own works.
He channeled these things into his material. Each song is a message. All the hooks are stadium-worthy, crowd sing-along, powerful joints that I can't wait for people to hear in stadium magnitude. My album definitely needs to be heard loudly, but it's also a great album if you're smoking and you need to go to sleep. So far I have the lineup of how I want the first seven tracks on my album and if I play the first seven from the beginning to the end, I'm zoned out and it's the best trip ever.
You need to be high to appreciate the instrumentation and how everything is put together on the album—but you don't have to be high just to enjoy it in general. Cudi recorded the album from to On Cudi's official blog, he announced three features for the album, the artists were Kanye West, Common , and Snoop Dogg.
In an interview with Joe La Puma from Complex , executive producer Emile Haynie explained the album process and the relationship he had with Cudi prior to the album:. It didn't even have that many plays on MySpace yet.
I don't know how I stumbled across it, but I stumbled across it and heard it. The second I heard it I was like, "Holy shit! So, I hit Pat up and was just like, yo there's this cat with this song that has you as one of his top friends and this song is just like the illest song ever.
Obviously he had started to work with Cudi, and was like, "Yeah, yeah that's my guy we should get up. Later he said:. We didn't get up until a few months after that. I think Pat was doing the Graduation album with Kanye at the time and I was doing this album out in England. Then I think Pat might have hit me up and brought Cudi to the studio. On that first day we cut "Bigger Than You. The artist hears something and they're like, I'm getting in the booth or I'm writing right now. When you're in the studio that either happens or it doesn't.
That wasn't happening and I was just like, fuck it, lets just make something from scratch. And that kinda just sent the tone for how we did everything. The way we did "Bigger Than You," that very first record, it was a sample and we were just listening to records and he was just like, "Yo that's crazy" and we built it up. That's kinda how we did everything from then on. Cudi commented on his Twitter about Cravens that "he world will never know…he wants to keep his identity private…", also gave news that the Clipse and Snoop Dogg records won't be on the album, but will still be made available to fans in some capacity.
The album received positive comparisons in production to West's album. Jeff Giles of Pop Dose stated "It's basically a slightly more sonically expansive cousin, only Cudi doesn't have to rely on Auto-Tune shenanigans to get his point across. It is the embodiment of everything that makes him so unique. Lyrically, Man on the Moon has dark, introspective themes of depression,   anxiety,  and loneliness. A concept album ,  Man on the Moon: The End of Day is an autobiographical track series of moody dark material that is separated into five acts that all surround "Day 'n' Nite" with an arcane account.
He uses drugs to calm his fears and fend off night terrors. He eventually gets recognized as the star he always knew he was, and lives the superstar life… or maybe he's still dreaming about that stage of his life, and we're just witnessing what his dreams sound like.
The album's first two songs are a one-two introduction to the rapper and what he is up to. There is a gloomy interior monologue about success, the lack of it, and Cudi's inner conflicts, where he welcomes listeners by saying they are in his dreams. It's a prelude of what's to come: the pain, the loss, the feelings of insignificance, and the boundless introspection. The third track "Simple As", which is part of the second half of the introduction, has an outer-space style, which is due in part to the Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark group sample, and showcases the rapper's readiness to experiment.
Following the opening three-track introduction, there is another three-song section of Man on the Moon: The End of Day where Cudi is confined in his solitary world.
Like his current state, the music is appropriately obscure. References to both drugs are abundant throughout the record, but the latter's part carry "the blind-to-the-world quality of the former.
Characterized by eerie strings, it's a vivid, horror-esque examination of a particularly bleak chapter of his life. Among the brighter songs are "Enter Galactic Love Connection Part 1 ", a "trippy disco anthem " that is inspired by when he and a female friend ate shrooms and listened to music by The Postal Service together. It takes Gaga's naughty, mischievous central hook and turns it around to be an unrefined oral sex reference that makes it a "hyper-catchy, forward-looking single.
The happiness of the track is fleeting, confined within the limits of each high; it's a glimpse into a search that seemingly will never come to an end. Cudi understands that the happiness of each addiction is only temporary and ultimately unsatisfactory, yet he can't manage to break free of the cycle that always seems to end in failure.
He is "perfectly at peace," and content to "move along a bit higher" in an effort to further elude the troubling thoughts that race through his mind.
His realization that people are going to judge him regardless and that he may as well do whatever he pleases is a hopeful conclusion; it also seems to hint that the emotional rollercoaster voyage that he has dreamed of is only beginning.
The first track from the album to be released as a single was "Day 'n' Nite" which was a commercial success, when it debuted at number 88 and peaked at number five on the US Billboard Hot ,  becoming Cudi's highest charting song on that chart. Reaching its highest peak at number two on both the United Kingdom and Belgium charts, "Day 'n' Nite" also found its peak positions within the top ten on the French singles charts, as well as charting in the top twenty positions on Irish, German and Australian charts. When he saw the video for the first time, he claims he provided feedback for it, but was ignored.
The rapper than decided to make another video for the track, which was directed by French artist and director So Me. Initially Cudi stated that he would "lay low until his album drops to avoid unnecessary hype.
An official statement from him read, "Kid Cudi has decided to take an early leave of absence from Lady Gaga's Monster Ball tour, in order to balance his schedule surrounding the recording of his next album and acting commitments.
Cudi does not want to disappoint his fans and will move forward with his individual show dates in December and throughout the month of January. I never did nothing to that girl". Man on the Moon: The End of Day was met with generally positive reviews. At Metacritic , the album received an average score of 71, based on 15 reviews. The Boston Globe praised the experimental quality of the album: "It's spacey, adventurous, and ridiculously intriguing if only because it's so different". Club said that, despite its filler , Cudi's "thick layer of open, intense self-loathing is a clever way of unifying Man on the Moon as pure mood piece, a stream-of-consciousness pop voyage that's more Phil Collins than rap.
In a mixed review, Jody Rosen of Rolling Stone was impressed by its music, but found Cudi's raps "pedestrian". He further wrote that Cudi largely smears his verses with a "flat warble" that is salvaged by Auto-Tune, which he remarked would be "numbing enough on its own" had it not been for the frequent "terrifyingly underwritten lyric to jolt you into sharp pangs of embarrassment. Due to his "key track", "Day 'n' Nite", Cudi was also one of their five breakout stars of the year. Montgomery wrote that the album's collaborations, Commons narration of it and its detailed storytelling as some of the reasons for its inclusion on his list.
Rager After charting on the chart for five consecutive weeks, it fell out of the top two-hundred positions by October Man on the Moon: The End of Day' s influence continues to be felt both in hip hop and in pop culture. Travis Scott's mixtape Owl Pharaoh has been compared to Man on the Moon: The End of Day and considered to have been stylistically influenced by the album. Credits were adapted from the album's liner notes. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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