Kid Cudi’s Man On The Moon III: The Chosen,
Man on the Moon III: The Chosen by American rapper, singer and songwriter Kid Cudi is an album long in the making, coming out four years after his last full-length solo project, titled Passion, Pain and Demon Slayin’, and a whole decade after Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager.
Man on the Moon III: The Chosen shows Kid Cudi at his most comfortable. The album mainly consists of laid back spacey beats where Cudi balances singing and rapping with his trademark lush humming, taking the centre stage throughout this record.
The influence of trap is very prominent on Man on the Moon III. This is something we haven’t seen much from Kid Cudi before; he puts a psychedelic spin on it, which fits his vocals really well. In fact, some of the sounds and beats on the album wouldn’t be out of place on a Travis Scott project, too. The two have worked closely together recently and collaborate often so it’s not hard to see where such an influence comes from.
The most interesting beats on the album, however, appear on tracks ‘She Knows This’ and ‘Elsie’s Baby Boy’, both for different reasons. The former has a driving beat with a deep vibrating bassline mixed with synths, whistling and humming.
The latter, ‘Elsie’s Baby Boy’, uses a guitar sample similar to The Animals’ ‘House of the Rising Sun’—it contrasts the rest of the album and shows the influence of rock on Cudi’s music; we have seen glimpses of this before on his rock project co-produced by Dot da Genius, under the moniker of WZRD.
Kid Cudi uses features sparingly on Man on the Moon III: The Chosen. With Pop Smoke, Skepta, Phoebe Bridgers and Trippie Redd appearing on the project, each feature feels necessary. However, the two most interesting features are Skepta and Phoebe Bridgers.
Some of Skepta’s strongest collaborations are his verses on A$AP Rocky’s ‘Praise Da Lord’ and Playboi Carti’s ‘Lean 4 Real’. ‘Show Out’ off Man on the Moon III: The Chosen is no exception to this greatness; Kid Cudi lets loose with a verse that stands out due to its pure lyricism.
Phoebe Bridgers sounds incredible on ‘Lovin’ Me’, as expected in light of the success of her recent projects.
The main drawback of the album is how laid back most tracks are. They tend to wash over you without leaving a lasting impression. Every track is brilliantly crafted and shows Kid Cudi at his best throughout. Yet a lot of the songs feel a little too safe. It’s missing exceptional tracks like ‘Rose Golden’ or ‘Surfin’’ from Passion, Pain and Demon Slaying.
Man on the Moon III: The Chosen is a good album but, unfortunately, it lacks outstanding moments.