vinyl library #14: kid cudi’s ‘man on the moon: the end of day’

Whew. Following the fiasco that was a repress of Saba’s CARE FOR ME (2018) a week ago today, Vinyl Me Please decided to restock the record on their website today, which started another round of “who’s getting this Saba record and who’s gonna spend the rest of the day crying because it sold out in 2 minutes?” This time, VMP limited the restock to VMP members, meaning that people (who didn’t have one) had to buy a VMP subscription – the cheapest starting at one month, and you have to get a record from the track you start your membership with – to get it (which ran at least another $43 tacked onto the $34 for the record). Because of this, the record didn’t sell out as quickly – but it was still gone within 20 minutes. However, that left folks who didn’t want to pay $77 (plus tax) for one record out of luck. I’d been following a thread in a subreddit and saw a lot of people in that situation. Since I’d bought my record already last week, I was able to help someone out by being their purchase proxy. I figured if I could keep someone from losing out on buying the record, it would really be a blessed experience for me ( acts of service are my primary love language ❤ ). I was hoping to help out a second person, but the record sold out before I was able to buy it for them; they thanked me anyway and commented that more “kind-hearted people like [me]” were needed at times like that. And as much as my heart SANG to be called kind-hearted, it also SUCKED to be once, again faced, with how much of an anomaly it is for people to do things like that. There were a few other folks in the thread who were able to help others out, but not as much as I’d liked to see. And that happens so much in the record collecting community. It was second nature for me to want to help someone, but it a lot of ways – going back to my thoughts on exclusive record releases – that’s antithetical to the hobby.

Anyway….let’s chat about Man on the Moon (2009).

Kid Cudi’s Man on the Moon: The End of Day (2009)

i have the vmp version of the album, which comes on 2 LPs, one in what they describe as “the end of day galaxy” orange and black swirl and one in what is described as “a new beginning galaxy” purple and black swirl. it’s absolutely gorgeous in the sunlight. from what i see on discogs, it looks like there’s also a clear version of the record, as well as a standard black version.

First off, let me just say that I was listening to this project for the first time (as a whole) in a while a week ago, and I just realized that Kid Cudi wasn’t the one doing the narration on this project and it was, in fact, Common the Great???? How did I miss that for over 10 years?????? Like, it’s so clearly Common, but I wasn’t listening to Common like that when I was introduced to this project, so I wouldn’t have had the rap voice reference to know that it was him. And I don’t typically listen to the tracks that have the narration because of my strong dislike for most in-album skits (the ones on this project are an exception), but still. I guess I just assumed it was Cudi. How did I miss that?

Shame aside, I’ve been listening to this album a lot over the past couple of days, and it still hits a special part of my heart like it did when I first heard it. Last week was a week of roller coaster emotions for me (I mean, when am I not having an emotional crisis?), and I started tearing up while listening to “Heart of a Lion.” That song is one of the many on this project that kept me going in high school, and it was, once again, making itself my musical safe blanket years later. Like most people, I was introduced to this album through “Day N Nite” in middle school. It would come on on the radio every once in a while, and I was completely hypnotized by how cosmic and otherworldly the production was; it was like Cudi was calling in to Earth from somewhere on Mars or Jupiter as he rhymes his way through conversations about loneliness and dreams just out of grasp. And it took me to get into my high school years to really understand how deeply Cudi was feeling on this song. I’d dabbled in the album – and other bits of Cudi’s music – throughout middle school, but Cudi’s music became more of a mainstay for me in high school. His music became the soundtrack to my waking moments and daydreams, as I was trying to navigate my early and late teens; I’m not surprised at all to see him as my top artist in 2012 according to Last.FM. I had A Kid Named Cudi (2008) and Man on the Moon II (2010) flowing through my veins and airways. Whenever I was having a bad day, I knew “super-duper Scott” would pull me through – or at least be my background music while I cried lol.

And I think that’s the beautiful thing about projects like this; they have such a profound impact on people’s lives and these artists become such a comforting voice that they live on in people’s lives forever. When people say that Kid Cudi saved their lives, they aren’t joking. Cudi became the big brother to a bunch of sad ass weird kids that were struggling to find themselves and their self-worth. He, himself, was struggling with the same thing, and there was a sonic connection that was formed that has lasted for years. I’ve wanted to get this album for a while, and I’m so glad I was able to get this super cool version from VMP. Sometimes they miss the mark, but they gave us something special with this one.

Cudi said he was working on getting A Kid Named Cudi put on streaming services, and I’m patiently waiting for that day. I’m listening to it right now for the first time in a while, and WOW this mixtape is still so GOOD.

Also RIP to DMX ❤ Truly a fighter until the end.

Lil’ Facts

Officially became a part of the collection on March 30, 2020

Bought from: Vinyl Me Please

Year of Original Album Release: 2009

Runtime: 68 minutes

Discogs Release Page

Jacket Style: Gatefold

Format: 2LP

Record Player Set Up Specs:

Turntable: Audio Technica AT-LP60XBT-BK Automatic Bluetooth Turntable in Black (from Turntable Lab)

Speakers: Edifier R1280DB Powered Speakers in Black (from Turntable Lab)

My Record Collection (via Discogs)


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