Man On The Moon III review


Ella Hunter

Screenshot from Spotify with the album art on Kid Cudis’ recent album.

By Wyatt Tischler

Scott Ramon Seguro Mescudi or better known as his stage name, Kid Cudi, has made an astonishing reappearance. With a hit single with Travis Scott and his newest album, “Man On The Moon III.” After 10 long years, he released his newest addition to his collection only 14 days before Christmas. Somewhat of an early Christmas present. This wonderful piece of work contains 18 songs totaling 58 minutes. Two of the 18 songs contain features, which consists of Skepta, a British Drill artist, and Pop Smoke, an American Drill rapper on “Show Out.” He also features Phoebe Bridges On “Lovin’ Me.” The last feature is Trippie Redd, an American Emo rap artist who appears on “Rockstar Knights.” 

Cudi was maybe a little more natural with this album. 

“I’m just making music, I’m just doing what feels right, but this shit is coming out and it’s things that I probably didn’t pinpoint.” Cudi said on Apple Music’s editor notes on the Album.

The album does not shy away from the style of “Man On the Moon: The End of Day.” By going back to his spiritual space like music and vibes. The use of Vaportrap (a clash between Vaporwave and Trap music) makes this album specifically unique to Cudi, making it an album like no other. The album introduces Cudi’s experimental side as well. His use of the robotic autotunes, the ab libs, along with the use of drill style beats here and there, offers a wonderful variety throughout the album. The top-grossing songs on this album are “Tequila Shots,” “Another Day,” “She Knows This,” “Dive,” and “Show Out.” And each one of these songs definitely deserves to be the top-grossing. Dive, being a personal favorite of mine, would be the best example of what this album has in store. The use of drill trap with the fast-flowing lyricism found in verse to verse. While also using the elongated use of Vaportrap and auto-tuned vocals throughout the chorus.

Cudi brought the old crew back together to produce this album, however mainly the production consisted of Cudi himself and Dot Da Genius. The crew consists of Cudi, Dot da Genius, Plain Pat, Emile Haynie, and Mike Dean. The album was created with studio instruments, all of a software system to create these angelic vapor trap-like beats. One can tell the crew put extra effort and time into making sure this album was the best sounding one yet, and it shows. Songs like “Dive”, “The Void” and “She Knows This” filled my ears and mind with colorful lines and planets, making it feel as if I were levitating off the ground.

This album was no cash grab or attention-seeking album. Cudi made this album because he feels it’s what was needed for him, not for others. He created it to his standards and his likings. The lyrics in this album consist of Cudi simply talking about how he is happy with how life is going for him, which is somewhat of a side step from his borderline Emo rapper phase with Man on the Moon: The End of Day. The album is about Cudi becoming more in touch with his feelings and thoughts, these feelings and thoughts being more positive and uplifting.

At the end of the day, this album greatly impressed me, with the wonderful use of Vaportrap and drill trap, really opened my eyes to the wonderful music and production quality shown throughout this album. Then I put on my headphones, I felt as if I were on the moon in front of a Kid Cudi live performance. However, some students feel that this isn’t his best work.

“It’s good don’t get me wrong, but it definitely isn’t his best work.” Sophomore Tanner Flahaven said.

I would simply disagree with this statement. I feel this is the best use of his style and creativity, expressing a more positive side of him. It leaves you feeling great as if you, yourself were on the moon.