Man On The Moon III: The Chosen

Kid Cudi - Man On The Moon III: The Chosen
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Based on 14 reviews
2020 Ratings: #634 / 819
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2020 Ratings: #210
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It’s not clear if this is to be the last instalment of the man on the moon franchise, but what is clear is that Kid Cudi is back on track, and with this release, has made his best solo album to date.

Consequence of Sound

With Man on the Moon III: The Chosen, Kid Cudi brings a fitting conclusion to a captivating adventure of a troubled but promising kid who eventually grows into a man.


Man on the Moon III proves that even the most harrowing stories can end on a bright note.

The Line of Best Fit
While it might take a few listens to make sense of the album's seemingly muddled introduction, one thing is clear: by the end of this hour-long journey, Cudi has reached his destination.
‘Man On The Moon III: The Chosen’ is a cinematic masterstroke that electrifies the senses at every turn.

There's nothing Kid Cudi could release in 2020 that actually feels like the album he would have made immediately after The Legend of Mr. Rager, and even if there was, we'd all be talking about how little new ground it breaks. The Chosen then is the perfect middle ground: nostalgic enough, good enough, but also dedicated enough to just being a goddamn album without all the baggage.

The Young Folks

Kid Cudi’s music reflects his personal experience, and the third installment of the Man on the Moon trilogy serves as a proper reprisal for the fans who feel that his soundtrack swings in rhythm with their life as well.

The Needle Drop

The Chosen is Kid Kudi's best solo project since the second Man on the Moon (and it may even have that one beat).


Man on the Moon, Vol 3: The Chosen represents both a return to form for Cudi as much as a distillation of his most successful experiments with genre and delivery.

Loud and Quiet
The album’s best moments are intended as group catharsis between the listener and Cudi himself.
Rolling Stone

We’ve seen it all before. Kid Cudi’s ability to be an avatar for people’s struggles with mental illness has always been central to his appeal. His music might still be relatable, but it has never sounded so cliché.


Even though Cudi’s heart is in the right place, Man on the Moon III is still like when the old rock band reunites and their costumes don’t fit anymore.

#50 of my Top 50 Albums of 2020:

Kid Cudi is one of the most perplexing artists that I would put in my favorite artists of all-time list. He’s probably the only artists I would put in my favorite artists of all-time list who has more albums I think are mid/bad than good. He started off great, releasing an album that I hold incredibly close to my heart; Man on the Moon. It’s an album that helped many ... read more
Meticulously cradled by a high-class production, Man of the Moon III not only managed first to find its place, following 10 years later, but also managed to prolong the adventure in a remarkable way. In its entirety Man of The Moon III is a dose of nostalgia that is pleasant to listen to and particularly solid, showing the great return of an artist who returns from far away, where he was a prisoner of himself.

A myth come true, Man of the Moon has long been a hope for all his fans, but the ... read more
edit: (this is after 5 relistens)

act one and two is
good if you forget who and
what youre listening

offers top notch prod.
but doesn't really sound like
man on the moon 3

trap version of cud
is done more fruitfully on
the track sad people

while on first 8 tracks
cud (kinda) sounds like the fortnite man
this stays true to his's

original sound
re- (in)vention doesnt feel forced
excited for scotts

act three and four still
a ten outta ten and most
probs will stay that way

original ... read more
The third installment of something usually can't live up to the originals, and Man on The Moon III is NOT an example of that.

Kid Cudi is back with a surprise album of "MOTMIII: The Chosen". Leading up to this, he's released 2 albums before it with the same name, and were both great. But everything in between 3 and 2-1 was just either mediocre or bad (excluding KSG). Example being "Speedin' Bullet 2 Heaven". That was not only bad for his standards, but a bad album in ... read more
Man, what a legend!

The spaceman himself Kid Cudi is back with a truly standout record in his discography. Even though its the third installment of his "Man on the Moon" series, the artist feels rejuvenated with a new sense of wisdom, power, and seldom curiosity in genre. For a man just so inspiring and inquisitive, he really knows where to hit your good spot.

This record calls to those who have been long time fans, those who have been banging "Erase Me" since its release. ... read more
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Added on: October 26, 2020