Skip to content

Kid Cudi: Nothing Up His Sleeve

What’s Cleveland ever done for you, right? I mean, Reggie Miller? Thanks for nothing… And Drew Carey? The price aint ever right for him. So thanks for Kid Cudi who on his new album Man On The Moon: End Of The Day seems to be making a claim for a more deeply felt romantic indie pop album with atmospheric backing tracks when he is not inviting Kanye and Common to guest.
It works but not always. “The Pursuit Of Happiness” I’ve written about a number of times by now and it improves with every listen, “Day ‘N’ Nite” is already a hit and with the atmospherics (what the hell is being played on the sample?) is a good primer for the album proper though there is a but less singing than on other songs. “Make Her Say” (With Kanye West) must have cost a fortune, it samples Lady Gaga’s :”Poker face” for no discernible reason but what the hey, one more hit is fine. But after that things get much darker and “Alive (Nightmare)” is a counter to “Pursuit” though as dark as you can imagine and a scary sound with the electro instrumental alt band Ratatat making their second appearance.
All the lonely stoner stuff is both a little silly and a little smart and it when it works, on Kanye’s “Welcome to heartbreak” for instance, it works real well and when it doesn’t on bits and pieces of Moon, it doesn’t because the sound is so samey it can feel as though you are in a loop of ambient moodiness. Cudi is such a fragile soul you worry for him but fragility in pop has got to be hiding something else (and vice versa): cupidity, emotional blackmail, depression, insecurities, this sorta stuff, is exceedingly difficult to pull off in hip hop (in anything, really) and what he needs to do is “Straw Dog” it a bit: let his real feelings be the backbone for some tough (or at least tougher) rhymes.
To put it bluntly: Moon can get a bit boring. Comparisons to 808s and Heartbreaks are not inaccurate except West cuts deeper and with the exception of “Pursuit’ there is no song as strong as, say, “Heartless” here and though Cudi has the thrill of the new it isn’t IN ITSELF enough to pull this album through. His rapping is OK and not remotely in the same league as Kanye Wests or Jay-Z, he disappeared last Friday at MSG. Drake is better, hell Flo Rida is better. But Cudi can do other things as well: the backing tracks are not backing tracks as we know, they are often live bands and except for the “Poker Face” sample Moon is a million miles away from Life After Death and east Coast sample as song as propagated by Diddy. These are hip hop songs as caterpillars, as larvae, in the process of metamorphising to a new form of pop. At least that’s the promise.
The only thing up Kid Cudi’s sleeve is love but, as Conor wondered many years ago, will that be enough?

Leave a Comment


Support Let Me Help Inc by shopping at

Cyborg Drummer/DJ DRMAGDN Headlining Montauk Music Fest

By admin | April 9, 2024 |

Major Label BMG Records Artist & Producer DRMAGDN Cyborg Drummer / DJ will be making his Montauk Music Fest debut this year in May. DRMAGDN will be the Official Host & MC of The Montauk Music Fest plus play headlining sets on Friday 5/17 and Saturday 5/18 from 10pm-12am at Gurney’s Montauk Resort (290 Old…

RED CARPET EVENT @ Chelsea Table & Stage 4/12/24 Featuring THE AMERICAN RELICS & DRMAGDN

By admin | March 25, 2024 |

On Friday April 12th, 2024 beginning at 6:30 pm ET  there will be a Red Carpet event pre-show sponsored by Tribeca Records at the trendy nightspot Chelsea Table and Stage located in the heart of Chelsea at 152 west 26th street (inside the Hilton Fashion Hotel) in NYC. The Red Carpet will be followed by…

Live Review: Composer Randy Edelman Live at Chelsea T&S “2nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Massacre” 03/16/24 and Record Release in NYC

By admin | March 17, 2024 |

There was an infinite vitality of velvet green flowing deliciously through the air as Composer Randy Edelman presented his 2nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Massacre at the trendy new nightspot Chelsea Table & Stage in the heart of NYC on March 16, 2024….. a vivacious close to the spirited Irish Parade. His music is the…

DRMAGDN: Cyborg Drummer/DJ Debuts @ Chelsea T&S With Retro 80’s Party & Red Carpet Event 4/12/24

By admin | February 29, 2024 |

BMG recording artist, producer and World renowned, Global Touring Electrifying Powerhouse, DRMAGDN: Cyborg Drummer and DJ will make his debut at the popular, trendy night spot Chelsea Table & Stage (located at 152 west 26th street inside the Hilton Hotel) on  Friday April 12, 2024 @ 9:00PM. DRMAGDN will be celebrating his high energy brand of Electronic Dance Music (EDM)…

Going Steady: New Singles 2-23-24- 2-29-24 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | February 26, 2024 |

dance pop, gooey confection

US Top Ten Albums Tracking 2-16-24 – 2-22-24

By Iman Lababedi | February 26, 2024 |

75K EAUs is abysmal

Our Friend Tony Orlando’s Farewell Tour

By admin | February 25, 2024 |

“I still hit the ball, I just can’t run the bases!!!”

Sneak Peaks: New Album releases 3-1-24 – 3-7-24

By Iman Lababedi | February 25, 2024 |

contenders for the best punk rock around

Child Bite, Lamb Of God, Pantera At Madison Square Garden, Thursday, February 22nd, 2024, Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | February 25, 2024 |

A three hours of hard rock, metal not metal, swift, loud, egoless pure metal

UK Top 10 Albums 2-23-24 – 2-29-24

By Iman Lababedi | February 24, 2024 |

worse than I remembered it being

Scroll To Top