The Making of Kid Cudi's "Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager"

Mr. Rager

Produced by: Emile
Emile: “This was done before we went to Hawaii. He called me on the phone from L.A. I think he was in the studio with Snoop Dogg, doing ‘That Tree,’ and I was sitting in the studio by myself making a beat. I was playing it while I was talking to him, which normally drives people crazy, but he was just like, ‘Yo, what the fuck is that? Send it to me.’ I was like, ‘Aight, let me produce it up.’ I’ll tend to completely over-produce shit, and I didn't want to send it to him yet, but he insisted. I did a quick bounce and sent it to him and then he called me back the next day, super-excited, and was like, ‘Yo dude, I just bodied this record. Wait ’til you hear it.’

“In the meantime, I had added a million things since I first sent him the beat, and we were going to Hawaii soon so it was just like, ‘Aight, I’ll see you in Hawaii and we’ll fuck with it.’ We kept working on it in Hawaii; we’d just pull that song up every day and work on it for a little bit. Every time I think of being out in Hawaii, it was always this record that was just so fucking fresh. From my end, that was what led to the sound of this album; it’s a pretty unique sounding record for hip-hop, and it was a different vibe that would be my blueprint for the production on this album. It was the first one that we really nailed.”

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