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Kid Cudi is back on the moon for the third time and we are glad he fulfilled on his promise 10 years later.
Kid Cudi has released Man on the Moon III: The Chosen. It’s the final instalment in the Man on the Moon trilogy.
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It’s release on 11th of December, 2020 makes it a decade since the release of the 2nd instalment, Man on the moon II.
The 18-track album was produced by Cudi, Dot da Genius, Plain Pat, Emile Haynie and Mike Dean, all of whom contributed on the preceding Man on the moon albums.
Getting all the collaborators together to close the trilogy presented the opportunity to build on the promise of Cudi’s Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’ of 2016.
The project caps off a prolific 2020 for Cudi; the 36-year old featured on THE SCOTTS by Travis Scott and The Adventures of Moon Man & Slim Shady by Eminem.
With a track time totalling at 58 minutes and 37 seconds, it is a rich mix of Hip hop, rap, psychedelia and trap music.
The project is divided up into four distinct parts: Act 1: Return 2 Madness; Act 2: The Rager, The Menace; Act 3: Heart of Rose Gold; and Act 4: Powers.
Like Man on the Moon: The End of Day and Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr Rager, The Chosen centres around the mental health struggles of Cudi as he slowly descends into madness and his slow road to recovery.
It portrays Cudi in an internal struggle against his evil alter ego, Mr Rager, fighting for his ‘soul’ (his sanity and joy).
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It’s a surprise that he spends the majority of the project going it alone. There are features but they are few and far between.
Features on the album include Phoebe Bridges( On Lovin’ me), Pop Smoke and Skepta (both on Show Out) and Trippie Redd (on Rockstar Knights).
The Phoebe Bridges feature is a pleasant surprise. The mashup of U.K drill and B.K on Show out doesn’t quite deliver though. There’s something intangible missing in that song.
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Lastly, the team up with Trippie Redd honestly leaves one wanting more. The idea of a collaborative project in the future is a tantalizing prospect.
On Act 1, it’s easy to hear the Travis Scott influence. Working with Travis Scott has inspired Cudi to improve as a lyricist, which is ironic in itself considering how much of an influence Cudi has been to Travis’ music.
A standout verse on Tequila Shots goes: “(Yeah) Standin’ on the cliff right off Mulholland Drive/(Yeah) Back up on my late-night session remedy/(Oh) Something ’bout the night that keeps me safe and warm/Just me, the universe, and everything I think/Lotta shit is weighin’ on me, it’s a storm/Never thought I would be back here bleeding/I’m not just some sad dude/You can see my life, how I grew, I want serenity.”
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This is a fitting end to the trilogy. There’s some obvious continuation from the previous two albums.
One problem about the album though is the somewhat cliché nature of the album.
We have become somewhat used to the arc of his sinking into darkness and him overcoming this darkness.
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We had hoped to see a little bit more arc development on this project and frankly, we didn’t see it.
Still, it’s a solid album musically and there’s notable improvement lyrically, from his previous works. This album is a 7.8/10.