On this day, September 15, in hip-hop history…
2009: As his career started to bubble, Man On The Moon: The End Of Day, the debut album from Cleveland-native Kid Cudi, was released on September 15, 2009. Cudi had signed to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music imprint after Cudi delivered key contributions to Kanye’s 808′s & Heartbreak a year prior.
Man On The Moon: The End Of Day, the first concept album in a planned trilogy of releases, pushed hip-hop into unique and unexpected directions that made the album an accomplished debut for a relative newcomer. The album experimented with psychedelic sounds, forays into indie pop and featured a loose lyrical structure that made it feel slightly different than anything else on the charts at the time.
The album was a commercial and critical success receiving positive reviews from critics while selling at a steady pace. Man On The Moon would feature three singles to acheive chart success most notably lead single Day ‘N Nite that would top out at number 3 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and would go 2-times platinum in the United States. Meanwhile, MGMT and Ratatat-assisted “Pursuit Of Happiness” would also garner major success as it would platinum, as well. The album itself would be highly successful too as it would eventually be certified as Gold by the RIAA.