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Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager is Kid Cudi’s sophomore album and sequel to Man on the Moon: The End of Day.  The creative Kid Cudi takes you into his world on this highly emotional adventure.  Man on the Moon II was released on Nov. 9th and sold 176,298 copies in its first week.

Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager

1 Scott Mescudi VS the World feat. Cee-Lo
2 REVOFEV
3 Don’t Play This Song feat. Mary J. Blige
4 We Aite (Wake Your Mind Up)
5 Marijuana
6 Mojo So Dope
7 Ashin’ Kusher
8 Erase Me feat. Kanye West
9 Wild’n Cuz Im Young
10 The Mood
11 MANIAC feat. Cage & St. Vincent
12 Mr. Rager
13 These Worries feat. Mary J. Blige
14 The End feat. GLC, Chip Tha Ripper & Nicole Wray
15 All Along
16 GHOST!
17 Trapped In My Mind

(photo courtesy of wegotthiscovered.com)

Many songs from Cudi’s rookie album have become smash hits with mass followings of young people.  Songs like “Soundtrack 2 My Life” and “Pursuit of Happiness” were instant hits for their uplifting vibes.  Man on the Moon 2 is a very dark sounding album, especially in comparison to Man on the Moon I. There are not many pop sounding songs on this album, another stark difference from its predecessor.  Erase Me ft. Kanye West is the closest thing to a radio hit, and its creation was more of a  joke than a thought out single, as Cudi explained in a Complex magazine interview:

“Erase Me” was fun as f*** to make, but it’s just different. It was me f***ing around, just to show people I can do whatever. That’s my main goal now, just to show people no matter what I do, I’m going to make s*** that’s in good taste. Might not be your cup of tea, but it’s going to be authentic, it’s not going to be forced.

Tracks like “Mr. Rager,” “Mojo So Dope,” and “The End” are quality songs that omit that negative outlook on life, as Cudi was going through troubles as he was writing the album.  Sometimes the tracks sound too sad or too depressing for people’s likings.  Hiphopdx’s Edwin Ortiz writes of Cudi’s new album, “A tortured soul, yes, but one with ingenious capabilities, Cudi has taken his progressive style and turned it into a sound that no one would dare replicate”

However, tracks like “Ashin’ Kusher,” “Marijuana,” and “Scott Mecudi Vs. The World” have a more uplifting tone and  are catchy for all listeners.  For avid fans, the album is still phenomenal.  For the average hip hop fan, Man on the Moon II doesn’t quite do it, as Cudi goes a bit too far creatively and doesn’t delivery enough universal singles.

Wegotthiscovered.com gave it 8/10.

Hiphopdx.com gave it a 3.5/5.

I give Man on the Moon II 8/10

Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is being tagged as the album of the year.  Kayne has been all over the place promoting throughout his G.O.O.D. Friday released songs and making TV appearances and headlines.  The album dropped Nov. 22 and in its first week sold an amazing 518,775 copies.  Masterful production, great rapping, and super collaborations make this album truly one of the best of 2010.

My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

1. Dark Fantasy
2. Gorgeous feat. KiD CuDi & Raekwon
3. Power
4. All Of The Lights (Interlude)
5. All Of The Lights
6. Monster feat. Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj & Bon Iver
7. So Appalled feat. Jay-Z, Pusha T, Prynce Cy Hi, Swizz Beatz & The RZA
8. Devil In A New Dress feat. Rick Ross
9. Runaway feat. Pusha T
10. Hell Of A Life
11. Blame Game feat. John Legend
12. Lost In The World
13. Who Will Survive In America

 

All songs are pretty amazing and should be heard.  Several of the song were released through Kanye’s G.O.O.D. Fridays music.  So Appalled is probably the best track.  Blame Game is a softer and piano heavy track which is a classic Kanye relationship song.

Rollingstone.com gave it 5/5 stars.

I give it 9.5/10.  Very worthy as Kanye goes all out

T.I. No Mercy Album Review

Posted: December 16, 2010 in Album Review

T.I.’s No Mercy, his 7th studio album, dropped Tuesday December 7th.  T.I. has been all over the news the past few months with his various legal troubles and the released singles have been smash hits (particularly “All She Wrote” ft. Eminem and “Welcome to the World” ft. Kanye West & Kid Cudi).  This album explores various ranges and topics while boasting about a dozen guest spots.  No Mercy is put together very well was well received by hip hop fans of all types.  It sold 159,000 in its first week, and T.I. thanked fans for support of the “Hustle” via the TrapMuzik website.

T.I. – NO MERCY

1. Welcome To The World ft. Kanye West & Kid Cudi

2. How Life Changed ft. Mitchelle’l & Scarface

3. Get Back Up ft. Chris Brown

4. I Can’t Help It ft. Rocko

5. That’s All She Wrote ft. Eminem

6. No Mercy ft. The Dream

7. Big Picture

8. Strip ft. Young Dro and Trey Songz

9. Salute

10. Amazing ft. Pharrell

11. Everything On Me

12. Poppin’ Bottles ft. Drake

13. Lay Me Down ft. Rico Love

14. Castle Walls ft. Christina Aguilera

Listen to the songs online at jushustle.com

Hiphopdx.com gave it 3.5/5 stars, along with an indepth track by track breakdown.

Allhiphop.com gave it 7.5/10 stars.

I give No Mercy an 8.5/10

Hunger For More 2 Album Review

Posted: November 29, 2010 in Album Review

Lloyd Banks’ new album, The Hunger For More 2 , came out on November 22nd and has received overall solid reviews.  The G-Unit rapper promised a strong and true feeling for the album, which, like 2004’s The Hunger For More, was created with little input from the label.

 

H.F.M. 2 Cover

No. Title Length
1. “Take ‘Em To War” (featuring Tony Yayo) 3:29
2. “Unexplainable” (featuring Styles P) 4:12
3. “Payback (P’s and Q’s)” (featuring 50 Cent)
4:12
4. “Home Sweet Home” (featuring Pusha T) 3:59
5. Beamer, Benz, or Bentley” (featuring Juelz Santana) 3:28
6. “So Forgetful” (featuring Ryan Leslie) 3:59
7. “Father Time” 3:25
8. Start It Up” (featuring Kanye WestRyan LeslieSwizz Beatz, & Fabolous) 4:49
9. “Celebrity” (featuring Akon) 3:29
10. “On The Double” 2:49
11. Any Girl” (featuring Lloyd) 3:31
12. “I Don’t Deserve You” (featuring Jeremih) 3:52
13. “Sooner Or Later (Die 1 Day)” (featuring Raekwon) 3:31
Bonus Tracks
No. Title Length
14. “This Is the Life” 3:13
15. “Stuntin'” 3:00
16. “Kill It” (featuring Governor) 3:21
17. “Where I’m At” (featuring Eminem)
5:18

The first track, Take ‘Em To War with fellow G-Unit member Tony Yayo, sets the tone with a heavy but upbeat and catchy drum and synth loaded beat.  Definitely one of the better classic Banks tracks on the album.

Payback (P’s and Q’s) featuring 50 Cent is another one of the best tracks on H.F.M. 2, as 50 contributes to part of the hook saying “my heart’s so cold I dont trust a soul/it’s funny how the bullsh-t goes you never know.” Banks and 50 joints are always fire and this one is no different, as both speak the truth about the game.

Where I’m At featuring Eminem is a can’t miss bonus track.  Em comes in at the end and reiterates Banks’ message of: “I’m moving on, don’t worry about me/ cause I’m gon be just fine without you, you’ll see/there aint no one on this Earth right now I’d much rather be/cause God-dammit I’m glad that I’m me”

Beamer, Benz, or Bentley and Any Girl were previously released, in February and June respectively, and are hits any hip-hop fan has already heard.

50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, and Tony Yayo (photo courtesy of http://50centmusic.gportal.hu)

Overall, the slew of guests, variety of songs, and reassertion into the game for Banks makes the album successful.  It’s a gritty album with Banks spitting straight from the heart while landing his stone cold classic punchlines throughout.

I give it a B+ or about an 8.0/10

HipHopDX.com’s Editor gave H.F.M. 2 a 3.5/5 rating, with an in depth breakdown of the elements.

AllHipHop.com gave it a 7.0/10.

Banks didn’t promote his album nearly as hard as Kanye West and Nikki Minaj did for their November 22nd release date.  It seems like all we’ve heard for months has been about Young Money’s new break-through female rapper and Kanye West going crazy on nationally broadcast interviews and twitter posts.  Banks is more mature and low key.  He’s humble, he’s old school, and he won’t sell out or abandon his roots.  It’s certainly good to have Lloyd Banks’ presence back in the game.