Kid Cudi’s ‘Man on the Moon III: The Chosen’ reaches new heights



This story was originally published in the fourth edition of The Lion’s Tale (February 7, 2021).

On December 11, 2020 rapper, Kid Cudi, released his Man on The Moon III: The Chosen album. I think it’s safe to say that Cudi rarely disappoints and some songs on this album proved me correct. To me I feel like his albums never fail to have that nice balance between pop and rap.

The album begins with a 36 second long intro that smoothly transitions into my personal favorite from the album, Tequila Shots. Like Cudi’s other songs Tequila Shots has a very similar beat and rhythm. For me the beat makes me want to drive down a long road with my friends just vibing. In comparison to other songs written by him I would rate this song specifically a 4 out of 5 depending on the mood I am in. Moving onto the rest of the songs, my second favorite on the album The Void. I think what drew me into this song in particular was the similar aspects between this song and others from previous albums. Like Cudi’s other songs it’s slow yet has this beat that never makes you feel like the song is being completely dragged and drawn out. This song would be rated a 3 out of 5 for me. It’s not something I would add to my everyday playlist or listen to on a daily basis, but if it were to come on then I would enjoy it.

If you are a fan of rapper Trippie Redd, then this next song may be for you. Though I cannot say I’m a total fan, I have my fair share
of songs that I enjoy by him. On this album he was featured in the song Rockstar Knights. I find myself listening to different genres of music, but it’s predominantly rap. This is what caught my attention when hearing it for the first time, it consisted of similar beats that Trippie uses in his music. Rockstar Knights would be rated a 3.5 out of 5 for me. It’s definitely a track I would recommend to anyone remotely into this kind of genre.

What’s interesting about Kid Cudi is how consistent he has been with his style of music. The beats and rhythms that are used for his music are always similar and you don’t really see him branch out into different styles often. Personally I prefer his Man on The Moon: The End of The Day album. That being said my final overall rating on the album itself would be a 3.5 out of 5. I think he has made better content and was not completely blown away by this album, yet it was a fun trip to go down and perfect for a day out with friends, driving down the highway.