Consequently, Cudi’s music becomes more of a celebration of his experiences, which have made him different, than a litany of reasons why listeners ought to pity the artist, which conveys an authentically emotional ethos, which listeners find entertainingly thought provoking. A second way to evaluate Man on the Moon is to analyze how original it is in comparison with other contemporary mainstream music. The Los Angeles Times album review contends that Kid Cudi is dissimilar to his peers, and even those more established than he, because while they rap about their egos, “gang battles or club-to-crib seductions,” Cudi is inspired by his innermost thoughts and emotions and thus has “made poetry out of being invisible” (Powers). His unique lyrics reflect his beats as well; Kid Cudi was the first mainstream musician to collaborate with House and electronic groups, such as Ratatat, MGMT, and The Crookers, to make for never before heard dance inducing yet thought provoking tracks. Being original in the sense of lyrics and beats correlates to Kid Cudi’s desire to be viewed as an original by employing an individualistic ethos (Mescudi). All of the above mentioned characteristics contribute to Kid Cudi’s fresh perspective on Hip hop and rap; while most of today’s rappers are focusing on their own egos, glorifying their own accomplishments, and employing the same kinds of monotonous beats, Kid Cudi reflects on the albatrosses in his life, mainly dealing with the pain of being an outcast.
The artist’s first single, “Day ‘N’ Night,” had millions of people rocking their bodies while racking their brains. “He’s all alone through the day and night/ The girl he wants don’t seem to want him too” the rapper croons, as a thriving bass and hypnotizing synthesizer bring the track to life, enticing the listener to groove. In another verse, Kid Cudi reflects on the feelings that accompany solace, and explains that he “can’t shake the shade” that these feelings cast on him. I enjoy how the song correlates to Kid Cudi’s message as a loner: that being different ought to be celebrated, not lamented in songs with slow, solemn beats. It is original not only in its message, but it was also the first song in which a mainstream artist collaborated with a House band, The Crookers. As a result, the song catapulted to the number three spot on the Billboard“Hot 100” (Billboard). In awe at what he has accomplished, the artist explains, “this is jus all new to me yall, this life, the attention, the love, the hate, ive spent 25 years of my life jus bein a regular dude,” and when it comes to receiving accolades, he does not know “how to respond sometimes because [he is] not used to” his sudden fame (Mescudi).