[A quick review]
Kid Cudi’s “Man on the Moon II” doesn’t not have the same appeal as his first, official, full length but can still great the listener with some good tracks. The one that caught my attention was Maniac, which he performed on Late Night, with Cage, St. Vincent, and The Roots (as the album version, minus The Roots). There are a couple of other good tracks but personally it takes more of a hit by trying to fill the concept album (of which I normally do enjoy) than his first “Man On The Moon” for the songs to stand on their own. As is my appreciation of contemporary rap is not extreme (Kid Cudi being one of the few I enjoy) I know I’m not the target audience. But, as with his Man On The Moon part one, the nominal sci-fi allusions and musings on dreams, nightmares, and a definite indie-music leaning is enough for me to enjoy it.
(scroll to end of video to see Kid Cudi, Cage, St. Vincent, and The Roots perform “Maniac”)