Kid Cudi’s ‘Man on the Moon III: The Chosen’

Mentor or apprentice


Let me start right here: really ?? Eleven (!!!) years, Cudi? Eleven goddamn years to end the trilogy? Wouldn’t five have done it?

Jeseesuuuus, there are at least four different phases of myself that I went through during this period.

In 2009, Kid Cudi released his first Man on the Moon: TheEnd of Day. Definitely one of my party highs. I still remember exactly how my friends and I went crazy on Day’n’Nite at the only club in our city. Good old days.


Well, back to Cudi.


Cudi grew up in Cleveland and later moved to New York. In collaboration with the New York label 10. Deep Clothing, he released his first mixtape A KiD Named CuDi in July 2008 as a free download. One of my all time favs rapper Wale was a guest musician. Through the work Kanye West became aware of Kid Cudi and signed him to his label GOOD Music. In his music he especially mixes alternative rock, hip hop and trip hop elements. His second album, Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager, was released onNovember 9, 2010. Kid Cudi then released four more studio albums, including Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’, which was released in 2016.

This year he made us happy and collabs with Travis Scott (THESCOTTS) and EMINEM (TheAdventures of Moon Man & Slim Shady).

There were more and more voices heard that we will be lucky enough to enjoy MOTM III in 2020.


To Cudi’s credit, Man on the Moon III:The Chosen is not a cash grab or a plea for relevance. He’s been doing relatively fine without it. (This year alone, he starred in the new Luca Guadagnino HBO show, appeared in the third Bill and Ted movie, and scored a No. 1single with Travis Scott). But even though Cudi’s heart is in the right place, Man on the Moon III is still like when the old rock band reunites and their costumes don’t fit anymore.


Cudi braved no effort and even brought back his old crew: Dot DaGenius, Mike Dean, Plain Pat, Emile Haynie, and even Evan Mast of Ratatat. For the fresh twist some new faces like Daytrip, the beat-making duo from Atlanta.


But the album still has a slightly bland aftertaste for me.

Let’s start with the positive: the album definitely starts off strong.The tracklist has a little break here and there, where you are not sure whether you are still celebrating the tape. But the end comes very blatantly around the corner. Classic Cudi beats, most of which he helped produce. Strong trappy and trippy harmonies that are very classified for our moonwalker. He also speaks lyrically about problems that are not often heard in Hip Hop. Addiction problems, depression, mental illness and the life after are among his main topics.

My early favs definitely include Damaged, Show Out, Lovin ’Me and Sept. 16. Melodic and rhymes that go straight to your head. That’s my jam.

I also see Dive, Elsie’s Baby boy and Lord I Know as stronger tracks on the album. Elsie’s baby boy in particular is strongly reminiscent of 2008/2009 Kid Cudi.


Let’s get to the not-so-positive. Those who are a little more knowledgeable know that Kid Cudi had a huge impact on Travis Scott’s music.Similar melody, singing techniques and rhythm.

When I did my first laps through MOTM III, I noticed more and more that Cudi sounded more like Travis than Cudi.


During an Apple Music interview, Cudi reflected on the impact of LaFlame’s words of support during “early-on” sessions prior to their”The Scotts” collab unveil.


“Before I started working on this shit I was like, my next shit’s gotta be bars,” Cudi said. “I knew that. I just remember Travis saying something to me about raps. He was just like,’Your raps, man. I love when you rap.’ I kept that in mind. I was like, OK,Travis is saying my raps are good. That must be something that the kids like.I’ll keep that in mind.„


Of course, Travis is currently the voice of the young hip hop lovers, but the line between apprentice and mentor is quickly becoming blurred. Travis development into one of the most important music moguls of the modern era was quick and definitely justified, but Cudi is the voice of a generation and should remain true to his line. La Flame’s influence was particularly audible on tracks like Tequila Shots and The Pale Moonlight.

Still a well-rounded project for me and a pretty good ending to the Man on the Moon series.