Kid Cudi has launched the final installment of his acclaimed Man on the Moon trilogy of albums: Man on the Moon III: The Chosen.
The 18-track record features collaborations with the late Pop Smoke, Skepta, Trippie Redd, and somewhat unexpectedly, indie rock artist Phoebe Bridgers.
Cudi kicks off the album with melodic, gospel-esque crooning over mellow opener “Beautiful Trip,” before showcasing his signature hard-hitting delivery on tracks like “Tequila Shots.” Skepta and Pop Smoke lend their trademark explosiveness to “Show Out,” while Bridgers provides a breath of fresh air with her husky, dulcet vocals on “Lovin’ Me.” Finally, Trippie Redd lends his harmonies on the smooth, rhythmic “Rockstar Knights,” and the album comes back down to earth with the subdued synth sounds of “Lord I Know.”
Man on the Moon III: The Chosen, which was teased in October, comes a decade after the series’ second installment Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager. It caps off a long-running project that began with the three-time Grammy-nominated Man on the Moon: The End of Day in 2009.
Earlier this year, Cudi made his long-awaited return with several solo projects, including the single “Leader of the Delinquents” and a planned podcast series. He also appeared on various high-profile collaborations, including “The Adventures of Moon Man & Slim Shady” with Eminem and “The Scotts” alongside Travis Scott. Also in the works are a new album and companion Netflix series of the same name, Entergalactic, which he has teased with snippets of album cuts such as “Do What I Want.”
Stream Man on the Moon III: The Chosen below: