'Man On The Moon III: The Chosen' Review: Kid Cudi Realizes He's Hip-Hop's Chosen One

Kid Cudi finally arrives to his destination after a decade-long journey. Keeping fans on the edge of their seats, he completes the Man On The Moon trilogy, one that finds himself clashing with the past, the present, and the future.

Fans last heard of "Moon Man" back in 2010 with Man On The Moon Vol II: The Legend Of Mr. Rager, with much anticipation on the long awaited comeback, the moon man is back, revived, and tries to carve a space in a genre that didn't wait for him. 

Immediately, Cudi sets the tone with an introduction with the signature hums on "Beautiful Trip" which seemingly flows into "Tequila Shots" that has him detailing a battle that he's oh so familiar with. The production on the song, much like the rest of the album, is predominantly backed by 808's and predictable trap instrumentals.

"Another Day" introduces Travis Scott-like ad-libs, which he finds himself back into a La Flame like territory with "She Knows This". Which is also apparent on "Damaged" and "Heaven on Earth". Of course, Travis Scott was influenced by Kid Cudi, but such songs sound like outcome of Cudi's notes during his recording sessions with the rapper for their collaborative joint album The Scotts.

Much of the album finds Cudi trying to keep up with the times after polarizing hip-hop fans with continuous left-field albums and sounds in the past. Somehow he seems to be as relevant than ever, and he knows this, so what does he do? Join the current crop of hip-hop rockstars instead of trying to outdo them. You know what they say, if you can't beat them, join them.

Trying to complete the trilogy comes with challenges which is to be expected after abandoning the story for 10 years. With a specific style and sound that has been used to death, something he helped to implode onto the rap scene, Cudi had to find himself again. 

So what does he do, blend the past with the present and the album shines from that point forward. This shift begins with "Mr. Solo Dolo III" and ends with the grand finale, "Lord I Know". 

Ending with the words "to be continued" provides fans with a glimpse of hope, one that (hopefully) hints at more clarity, and a more detailed outlook into the 10 year journey. But for now, Man On The Moon III: The Chosen is Kid Cudi finally realizing he was indeed the chosen one as he sounds natural within the current soundscape of the genre that relied on him the most.  

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