“MANIAC” marks the first song in “The Transformation” section of MOTMII. It begins Cudi’s exploration of the darker parts of his personality. Breaking convention, Cudi admits that he’s embraced these aspects of his personality, often choosing seclusion over displaying his true feelings since it’s less difficult to deal with than the real world. It is also argued that this is the first song written after beginning withdrawal from coke.

On October 31st (Halloween) a short movie called “Maniac” with Kid Cudi and Cage acting as serial killers was released. It is not the music video of the song but used themes of it and features new music: