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Kid Cudi shoots for the moon on sophomore effort

By Ohad Amram

Kid Cudi's highly anticipated second studio album, "Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr.Rager," is nothing short of brilliant.

In this second edition of "Man on the Moon," the 26 year old Ohio-raised rapper reveals a more insightful and intimate Cudi. Through rhythmic tones, club beats and collaborations with artists such as Kanye West, Cee-Lo Green, Mary J. Blige, Chip tha Ripper and several other artists, Cudi's second full length album encompasses intricate themes while allowing his audience to further grasp Cudi's realities. The album, much like Cudi's first full length, is divided into chapters. This second time around, the album is sub-divided into five scenes, all of which define the rap/rock genre in which Cudi has categorized himself. "The Legend of Mr.Rager" is shaped by producers whom Cudi has worked with in the past, Emile and Plain Pat, both of whom appeared on his breakthrough mix tape, "A Kid Named Cudi," the initial rise to fame that brought the MC to where he is today. Another guest producer on the new album is Chuck Inglish, of "The Cool Kids," on track seven titled "Ashin' Kusher," a personal favorite.

  Cudi has already made the video for his first single off of the album, titled "Erase Me." The video stars both Cudi and Kanye, whom Cudi openly admits has been a longtime mentor of his. The video depicts Cudi playing guitar, a passion he has recently pursued just three months ago. In fact, rumor has it that the rapper is planning to begin a rock group by the name of "Wizard."

Whatever the rapper's future endeavors entail, one thing is certain, Cudi has successfully maintained the charisma and tasteful instrumentals that he exhibited in both his mix tape and his first full length album. It is safe to say that "Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr.Rager" is a great investment. This album is sure to fulfill your craving for "good music" regardless of your musical preference.

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