The final installment of the Man on The Moon Trilogy is here. Kid Cudi’s Man on the Moon III: The Chosen is an 18-track project featuring samples from the far corners of pop culture and artists outside of the realm of hip hop. From Phoebe Bridgers’ haunting vocals on “Lovin’ Me” to a sample from the 10-year-old cult classic Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, 36-year-old Scott Mescudi proves again that his musicianship is remarkable; transcending era and genre to produce timeless work. Cudi brings on an all-star roster of tremendous producers for his final installment, curating a project that was definitely worth the wait.
Producers Dot Da Genius and Take A Daytrip lead the way alongside other Lucid Monday friends such as Gravez, WondaGurl, Jenius, and Mike Dean on Man on the Moon III. A grim but reflective track on a fame-filled life, “Rockstar Knights” with Trippie Redd is produced by Jenius, Dot Da Genius, Wondagurl, Take A Daytrip & Mike Dean all together.
Cudi is known for being transparent surrounding his own mental health and advocating for the mental health of others, especially in hip hop. In 2013, while Cudi performed at the University of Illinois, he stopped to tell the crowd that “this is like a big therapy session.” “Can’t stop this war in me,” Cudi repeats in the chorus of the most streamed song on the album so far, “Tequila Shots,” exposing a fact of life he is constantly having to come to terms with. It’s a powerful vulnerability––one that reverberates throughout the project from top to bottom.
WondaGurl joins Dot Da Genius, Take A Daytrip, and Mike Dean in producing “4 Da Kidz,” a song that WondaGurl also helped write. “I know soon, peace will find you,” Cudi sings to a younger generation, telling them that it is going to be alright, eventually.
The Animals’ “House Of The Rising Sun” is sampled in “Elsie’s Baby Boy (flashback),” coinciding gracefully with a beat that takes the mystery out of the original song and introduces a somber feel as Cudi tells a story about a sad and bored little boy––a flashback to his own childhood, as his mother Elsie raised him alongside his siblings after his father died when Cudi was 11. Joining Dot Da Genius on “elsie’s Baby Boy (flashback) is producer Evan Mast of Ratatat, the artist who wrote “Pursuit of Happiness” with Cudi back in 2009. The late Pop Smoke makes an appearance alongside Skepta on “Show Out,” a song co-produced by Gravez and one that Cudi told Zane Lowe would be “unexpected” on his own record.
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