Today in Hip Hop History: September 15, 2009
KiD CuDi released his highly anticipated debut studio album, Man on the Moon: The End of Day, through Dream On, GOOD Music and Universal Motown in 2009. The concept album was a follow-up to CuDi’s acclaimed mixtape A Kid Named Cudi. Production on the album came from CuDi himself in addition to Kanye West, Emile, Plain Pat, Ratatat, Dot Da Genius, No I.D., and more. Man on the Moon featured Kanye West, MGMT, Chip Tha Ripper, Billy Cravens and Common on the narration.
CuDi’s debut album was picked up by major labels after his credits on four songs from Kanye’s 2008 album 808’s & Heartbreaks, for which he helped write and perform. Man on the Moon is a semi auto-biographical concept album about a lonely guy dreaming to make it to the top, and what his struggles and life consisted of daily. The album speaks significantly on breaking free from his harsh reality by use of drugs, women, and several other vices.
The original single, “Day N Nite,” was a commercial phenomenon. It essentially introduced the depressed MC to the world and became RIAA Certified Platinum. The following singles, “Make Her Say” and “Pursuit of Happiness” continued the success of the former with significant sales and radio play.
Man on the Moon was followed up by the second installment in 2010, and CuDi has continually hinted at his conception of a third one since then. The original album peaked at #4 on both the U.S. Top Rap Albums Chart and Billboard 200. The album received above average critical reviews. CuDi was named one of Entertainment Weekly’s five breakout stars of 2009. Man on the Moon was Complex’s best album of 2009 and he was nominated for two Grammy Awards, two BET Hip Hop Awards and one Urban Music Award. Man on the Moon is arguably the best “emo” hip hop album of all time, and a solid release in KiD CuDi’s music career.