Man on the Moon: The End of Day

Common Sense Media says

Hypnotic beats mix deep thoughts with strong language.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Trying to turn pain and sorrow into something positive is a big theme of the album. "Everything turns out in my dreams." Although there are sexual references, Cudi does sing: "It's not just about sex, my heart you can collect."

Positive role models

Kid Cudi sends mixed signals, smoking and referencing getting high sometimes and then moving into deep discussions of depression and loneliness. "I got some issues that no one else can see."

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Only a few songs reference sex. "Make Her Say" includes the chorus from Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" sample: "I make her say oh, ah, oh oh, oh, when I 'ppppoker face'." This song also includes the lines "girl got a fat ol' a--..f--k them other bitches, 'cause she down for the stickin'." "Soundtrack to My Life" includes the line "my c--k's been sucked."


Lots of "f--k," "s--t" and "bitch" scattered throughout the album. The "N" word is also used repeatedly.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Kid Cudi is shown smoking in the bonus documentary videos included with this album and the song "Hyyer" makes references to "getting high" and mentions "weed" once. On "Day and Night" Cudi raps about being a "lonely stoner."

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know although Kid Cudi sings mellow, thought-provoking rhymes, there's too much profanity and sexual references to make this album OK for kids. Talk of pot-smoking and women's bodies, plus lots of the "N" word make this album a no-no for young listeners. To Cudi's credit, he does offer up positive messages about working through emotions and doesn't delve into violence.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Kid Cudi launches his debut album MAN ON THE MOON: THE END OF DAY, an experimental, alternative hip-hop release filled with hypnotic raps and images of dreams and nightmares. The album includes nearly an hour of video footage, from music videos to behind-the-scenes clips and also features many guest appearances, from Kanye West and Common to MGMT and Billy Cravens. The album has gained attention for the success of two of its singles: "Day 'n' Night" and "I Make Her Say," the latter sporting an acoustic sampling of Lady Gaga's "Poker Face."

Is it any good?


Kid Cudi's premiere album is appropriately-titled Man on the Moon. With it, Cudi takes listeners into unexplored territory, creating a surprisingly new sound that combines rap, R&B, psychedelic rock, and ambient melodies. The rapper crosses new ground in his concept album that moves through his psyche and uncovers the dreams and nightmares lurking within. At the same time, Cudi appears to be an astute observer of today's hip-hop scene, dropping lines from popular rap songs and morphing them for his own benefit. With this debut, Kid Cudi raises the creative bar for rappers who thought they could get away with just a tough swagger and Auto-tune samples.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about lyrics that aren't appropriate for younger ears. Sometimes lyrics can be hard for parents to decode. Do you think slang words are used so only a certain group or generation can know their meanings?

  • One song on the album takes a tame popular song and reinterprets it to make it sexually charged. What are your family's guidelines about racy lyrics?

  • Families can talk about hip-hop music and age-appropriate messages. If an album isn't violent or mean-spirited, but still includes lots of profanity and mature messages, should it still be off limits? Why do you think rappers usually include bad language in their music? Do you think they would be labeled "uncool" if they didn't?

Music details

Artist:Kid Cudi
Release date:September 15, 2009
Label:Universal Motown
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Teen, 14 years old Written byeliman3 May 22, 2011

Fun to Listen to

Kid Cudi raps about drugs and drinking but besides that and language the only song inappropriate for sexuality is Make Her Say. His songs are about being happy a lot of the time and his beats are mellow and the cd tells a story. I would recommend this album to any teen 14 and up.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 13 years old Written bymarcanthony86 March 18, 2011

Awesome Rapper and Singer

Great music any Kid would love it!!!
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Great messages
Teen, 15 years old Written bybrizzydvarsitycb August 4, 2010

love it

this music is hot helps u chill down after a tough lost in a football game u know and if u do sum herbs weed or maiujanina (which isnt a drug anymore thnks 2 cali :).. its great!! lol :)
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models


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