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Man On The Moon: The End Of Day (Intl Deluxe Digital)

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Kid Cudi is a fascinating rapper, claimed by the backpackers for his work with Kanye West on 808s & Heartbreak but equally loved by the mash-up club kids who went ape for his "Day N Nite" single, especially in its nu-disco remix from Crookers. His debut album was deep in the category of "much anticipated" as soon as it was announced, but when the promised game changer finally arrived, it became obvious that Cudi had already changed the game, and maybe debut albums aren't what they used to be. With its narration from Common and a track list broken into five "acts," Man on the Moon: The End of Day is almost as conceptual as its name implies, kicking off with a spaced-out slow roller coated in strings while Cudi states "Welcome, you're in my dream now." You most certainly are. What follows is Pink Floyd-styled story where the real world pain of "Soundtrack 2 My Life" mutates into sci-fi fantasies from the dark side of the moon. Along the way, brilliant samples -- like a bit of OMD's esoteric album Dazzle Ships -- and innovative sounds from Cudi and special guests Emile, Ratatat, and MGMT slowly shuffle the listener through the man's spliff-fueled exploration of space, a place where the artsy escape ridicule but fall prey to crushing isolation. With its bleeps, the hooky "Day N Nite" belongs, but the follow-up single, "Make Her Say," is a glorious mix of glitz and vulgarity with Kanye and Cudi twisting a Lady GaGa sample from "Poker Face" into "Poke Her Face." While it lightens the mood just before things turn ponderous, it barely fits. If it wasn't for the song, it would be as if Cudi launched his career with his own 808s, and therefore anyone looking for a more gripping kickoff should seek out either of his widely available mixtapes (A Kid Named Cudi or Dat Kid from Cleveland). This first official release is a soul searcher and may require more patience than your everyday debut. Still, the chilly, complicated Man on the Moon perfects the futuristic bleak-beat hip-hop Kanye purposed a year earlier, and rewards the listener with every tripped-out return.
© David Jeffries /TiVo

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1
In My Dreams (Cudder Anthem) (Album Version (Explicit))
Kid Cudi
00:03:19

Scott Mescudi, ComposerLyricist - Emile Haynie, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - MANNY MARROQUIN, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Christian Plata, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Erik Madrid, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Kid Cudi, MainArtist - Ryan West, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Common, Unknown, Other - E. Haynie, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2009 UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
Soundtrack 2 My Life (Album Version (Explicit))
Kid Cudi
00:03:55

Scott Mescudi, ComposerLyricist - Emile Haynie, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - MANNY MARROQUIN, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Christian Plata, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Erik Madrid, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Kid Cudi, MainArtist

℗ 2009 UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Simple As... (Album Version (Explicit))
Kid Cudi
00:02:31

Scott Mescudi, ComposerLyricist - P. Reynolds, ComposerLyricist - MANNY MARROQUIN, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Kid Cudi, MainArtist - Anthony Kilhoffer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ryan West, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Common, Unknown, Other - A. McCluskey, ComposerLyricist - P. Humphreys, ComposerLyricist - Patrick Reynolds, Producer

℗ 2009 UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
Solo Dolo (Nightmare) (Album Version (Explicit))
Kid Cudi
00:04:26

Scott Mescudi, ComposerLyricist - Emile Haynie, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - MANNY MARROQUIN, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Christian Plata, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Erik Madrid, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Kid Cudi, MainArtist - T. Brenneck, ComposerLyricist - D. Guy, ComposerLyricist - L. Michels, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2009 UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
Heart Of A Lion (Kid Cudi Theme Music) (Album Version (Explicit))
Kid Cudi
00:04:21

Scott Mescudi, ComposerLyricist - MANNY MARROQUIN, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Christian Plata, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Erik Madrid, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Kid Cudi, MainArtist - Andrew Dawson, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Anthony Kilhoffer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ryan West, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - A.J. Baptiste-Caselle, ComposerLyricist - M. McHenry, ComposerLyricist - Free School, Producer

℗ 2009 UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
My World (Album Version (Explicit))
Kid Cudi
00:04:02

Scott Mescudi, ComposerLyricist - P. Reynolds, ComposerLyricist - MANNY MARROQUIN, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Christian Plata, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Erik Madrid, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Vlado Meller, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kid Cudi, MainArtist - Jeff Bhasker, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Andrew Dawson, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Anthony Kilhoffer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Billy Craven, FeaturedArtist - Claude Puterflam, ComposerLyricist - Christian Padovan, ComposerLyricist - Gerard Kawczynski, ComposerLyricist - Patrick Reynolds, Producer

℗ 2009 UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
Day 'N' Nite (Nightmare) (Original)
Kid Cudi
00:03:41

Scott Mescudi, ComposerLyricist - O. Omishore, ComposerLyricist - Kid Cudi, Producer, Co-Producer, MainArtist - Dot Da Genius, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2009 UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Sky Might Fall (Album Version (Explicit))
Kid Cudi
00:03:40

Scott Mescudi, ComposerLyricist - K. West, ComposerLyricist - Emile Haynie, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - MANNY MARROQUIN, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Christian Plata, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Erik Madrid, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Kanye West, Producer - Kid Cudi, Producer, Co-Producer, MainArtist - Andrew Dawson, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Anthony Kilhoffer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2009 UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
Enter Galactic (Love Connection Part I) (Album Version (Explicit))
Kid Cudi
00:04:20

Scott Mescudi, ComposerLyricist - Emile Haynie, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - MANNY MARROQUIN, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Christian Plata, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Erik Madrid, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Kid Cudi, MainArtist - Ryan West, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Common, Unknown, Other - M. Friedman, ComposerLyricist - Matt Friedman, Producer

℗ 2009 UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
Alive (Nightmare) (Album Version (Explicit))
Kid Cudi
00:04:06

Scott Mescudi, ComposerLyricist - MANNY MARROQUIN, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Christian Plata, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Erik Madrid, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Kid Cudi, MainArtist - E. Mast, ComposerLyricist - M. Stroud, ComposerLyricist - Ratatat, Producer, FeaturedArtist - Evan Mast, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ari “R.E Thuggz” Raskin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2009 UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
Cudi Zone (Album Version (Explicit))
Kid Cudi
00:04:19

Scott Mescudi, ComposerLyricist - Emile Haynie, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - MANNY MARROQUIN, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Christian Plata, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Erik Madrid, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Kid Cudi, MainArtist - E. Haynie, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2009 UMG Recordings, Inc.

12
Make Her Say (Album Version (Explicit))
Common
00:03:57

Terius Nash, ComposerLyricist - Scott Mescudi, ComposerLyricist - L. Lynn, ComposerLyricist - Christopher Henderson, ComposerLyricist - Breyon Prescott, ComposerLyricist - JAMES BROWN, ComposerLyricist - Nadir Khayat, ComposerLyricist - MANNY MARROQUIN, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Kanye West, Producer, FeaturedArtist, ComposerLyricist - Andrew Dawson, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Anthony Kilhoffer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Common, MainArtist, FeaturedArtist - Jamie Foxx, ComposerLyricist - Stefani Germanotta, ComposerLyricist - Brandon Melancon, ComposerLyricist - Nathan Walker, ComposerLyricist - Rasheed Faheem, ComposerLyricist - John Conte, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2009 Universal Motown Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

13
Pursuit Of Happiness (Nightmare) (Album Version (Explicit))
Kid Cudi
00:04:55

Scott Mescudi, ComposerLyricist - MANNY MARROQUIN, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Christian Plata, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Erik Madrid, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Kid Cudi, MainArtist - Ryan West, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - MGMT, FeaturedArtist - Ratatat, Producer, FeaturedArtist - Evan Mast, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Mike Stroud, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2009 UMG Recordings, Inc.

14
Hyyerr (Album Version (Explicit))
Kid Cudi
00:03:32

Kenneth Gamble, ComposerLyricist - Scott Mescudi, ComposerLyricist - LEON HUFF, ComposerLyricist - MANNY MARROQUIN, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Christian Plata, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Erik Madrid, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Kid Cudi, MainArtist - Ryan West, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chip Tha Ripper, FeaturedArtist, ComposerLyricist - C. Kalla, ComposerLyricist - CRADA, Producer

℗ 2009 UMG Recordings, Inc.

15
Up Up & Away (Album Version (Explicit))
Kid Cudi
00:03:45

Scott Mescudi, ComposerLyricist - MANNY MARROQUIN, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Christian Plata, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Erik Madrid, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Kid Cudi, MainArtist - Andrew Dawson, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Anthony Kilhoffer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ryan West, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Common, Unknown, Other - A.J. Baptiste-Caselle, ComposerLyricist - A. Whyte, ComposerLyricist - M. McHenry, ComposerLyricist - Free School, Producer

℗ 2009 UMG Recordings, Inc.

16
Day 'N' Nite (Crookers Remix)
Kid Cudi
00:04:41

Scott Mescudi, ComposerLyricist - O. Omishore, ComposerLyricist - Kid Cudi, Producer, Co-Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Crookers, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Dot Da Genius, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2009 Universal Motown Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

17
T.G.I.F. (Album Version (Explicit))
Kid Cudi
00:02:29

Scott Mescudi, ComposerLyricist - Emile Haynie, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kid Cudi, MainArtist - Chip Tha Ripper, FeaturedArtist - C. Worth, ComposerLyricist - Kickdrums, Producer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2009 Universal Motown Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

18
Man On The Moon (Album Version (Explicit))
Kid Cudi
00:03:30

Scott Mescudi, ComposerLyricist - Emile Haynie, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kid Cudi, MainArtist - J. Chung, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2009 Universal Motown Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

19
Is There Any Love (Album Version (Explicit))
Kid Cudi
00:03:29

Scott Mescudi, ComposerLyricist - Emile Haynie, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kid Cudi, MainArtist - O. Akintimehin, ComposerLyricist - Wale, FeaturedArtist - E. Haynie, ComposerLyricist - T. Dandy, ComposerLyricist - M. Hasselbach, ComposerLyricist - P. Zara, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2009 Universal Motown Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

Album Description

Kid Cudi is a fascinating rapper, claimed by the backpackers for his work with Kanye West on 808s & Heartbreak but equally loved by the mash-up club kids who went ape for his "Day N Nite" single, especially in its nu-disco remix from Crookers. His debut album was deep in the category of "much anticipated" as soon as it was announced, but when the promised game changer finally arrived, it became obvious that Cudi had already changed the game, and maybe debut albums aren't what they used to be. With its narration from Common and a track list broken into five "acts," Man on the Moon: The End of Day is almost as conceptual as its name implies, kicking off with a spaced-out slow roller coated in strings while Cudi states "Welcome, you're in my dream now." You most certainly are. What follows is Pink Floyd-styled story where the real world pain of "Soundtrack 2 My Life" mutates into sci-fi fantasies from the dark side of the moon. Along the way, brilliant samples -- like a bit of OMD's esoteric album Dazzle Ships -- and innovative sounds from Cudi and special guests Emile, Ratatat, and MGMT slowly shuffle the listener through the man's spliff-fueled exploration of space, a place where the artsy escape ridicule but fall prey to crushing isolation. With its bleeps, the hooky "Day N Nite" belongs, but the follow-up single, "Make Her Say," is a glorious mix of glitz and vulgarity with Kanye and Cudi twisting a Lady GaGa sample from "Poker Face" into "Poke Her Face." While it lightens the mood just before things turn ponderous, it barely fits. If it wasn't for the song, it would be as if Cudi launched his career with his own 808s, and therefore anyone looking for a more gripping kickoff should seek out either of his widely available mixtapes (A Kid Named Cudi or Dat Kid from Cleveland). This first official release is a soul searcher and may require more patience than your everyday debut. Still, the chilly, complicated Man on the Moon perfects the futuristic bleak-beat hip-hop Kanye purposed a year earlier, and rewards the listener with every tripped-out return.
© David Jeffries /TiVo

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