MANIAC featuring Cage, St. Vincent
Label: Kid Cudi/Universal Records
Man on the Moon II doesn't have anything as catchy as "Day 'n' Nite," but it consistently hits the sweet spot with tracks like "Scott Mescudi vs. the World" and "Don't Play This Song." It's moodier than Man on the Moon, too. Throughout, he ruminates over loneliness and fame's toll while fans ask "Can we tag along?/ Can we take the journey?" Kid Cudi clearly has a high opinion of himself, but he seems less of an egoist than his mentor Kanye West (who appears on the divisive "Erase Me"). And with his unique hybrid of emo, hip-hop and contemporary R&B, he truly sounds like no other.