#TBT: Mixtape Kid Cudi
Kid Cudi has a record coming out tomorrow called Speedin' Bullet 2 Heaven, and apparently it's almost completely void of rap music. While we obviously respect Cudi's artistic decision to do whatever the fuck he desires, we like to remember Cudi back in his mixtape prime. He was a brainy oddball, known for taking non-rap sounds and bringing them into the hip hop world. His debut mixtape, 2008's A Kid Named Cudi, was heralded for doing just that.
Kid Cudi Says Beyoncé Gave Him Confidence In Releasing "Satellite Flight"
As soon as Kid Cudi surprise-released his new album Satellite Flight, people started saying he'd "pulled a Beyoncé", something that was also said the Air Yeezys dropped, so it's only a matter of time before Beyoncé just becomes a synonym for "surprise". Whether or not Cudi did take a note from Bey was a valid question however, and it's one he addressed in his recent interview with Complex.
Kid Cudi Teases Pharrell Collaboration, Says Album Coming "Very Soon"
Kid Cudi revealed last night that he has a collaboration in the works with Pharrell and assured that fans that new music would be on the way shortly. "Got some magic from Pharrell lastnite. New collabs, new energy, new frequency," he wrote. "Gonna get a release date for yall in a few weeks. This album and new jams are coming and very very soon."
Kid Cudi Shares New "Especial" Tour Dates
Kid Cudi let down his legion of fans when he cancelled his "Especial" tour days before it was set to kick off in December, citing production issues and personal issues. But it looks like he's going on tour -- forreal this time. Cudi posted tour dates on Twitter this afternoon. 11 dates in total, the rescheduled tour kicks off January 31 in Madison, WI and finishing up on February 14 in Charlotte.
#TBT: Kid Cudi "Man On The Moon" Phase
This may make you feel a little old, but Kid Cudi's career-launching mixtape A Kid Named Cudi is about to turn seven years old. While the "Day 'n' Nite" artist has released much music since then, many fans long for the alternative-minded rap the Cleveland kid layed down on his first two albums.
Kid Cudi & Method Man To Appear In CBS Drama "Scorpion"
As a musician, Kid Cudi's been called a lot of things, but "pop genius" might not be one of them. As an actor, that's a different story entirely, as he's just been tapped to appear as a "brilliant musical prodigy" in the CBS show "Scorpion."
Watch Footage From Kanye West's "808s & Heartbreak" Show Night 2
This weekend, Kanye West performed two back to back shows, both live renditions of his 2008 album 808s & Heartbreak. During both nights, 'Ye brought out a few of the album's original collaborators, including Kid Cudi, Mr. Hudson, and Jeezy. There was an elaborate stage curated just for the show, featuring a step pyramid beneath a giant color-changing moon-like ball. There was also a full orchestral string section, an electronic backing band (with Mike Dean on guitar), and a full cast of costumed dancers and performance artists.
Kid Cudi Plans Short Film For His Song "Balmain Jeans"
After acting in two films this year, "Need For Speed" and "Goodbye World," it seems as if Kid Cudi has caught the Hollywood bug. Today, he took to Twitter to announce a new video, or as he called it, "short film" for Satellite Flight: The Journey To Mother Moon track "Balmain Jeans." Read all of his tweets that pertain to the announcement below. Developing a short film for "Balmain Jeans", a story about a spontaneous electric connection between two strangers. The vibes :)
20 Hip Hop Artists Who Threw Out The Ceremonial First Pitch
The pitcher's mound is a stage, a very different stage from the one rappers and singers are accustomed to standing upon. The ceremonial first pitch is ostensibly a celebration, and throwing the ball 60 feet in a particular direction may not seem like much of a challenge. But much can go wrong. From Kendrick Lamar to Snoop Dogg to MC Hammer to 50 Cent (!), here are 20 hip hop artists who took the mound for the ceremonial first pitch.
Kid Cudi Interviews Pee-wee Herman For Talkhouse Podcast
Rapper, singer, and actor Kid Cudi is a noted film and TV buff, though it's rather surprising too discover he's a devoted fan of Pee-wee Herman, the television, theater, and film character played by Paul Reubens. Herman was immensely popular in the '80s and still retains a widespread following today. For its latest episode, The Talkhouse Film podcast organized a conversation between Reubens and Cudi, which coincides with the recent Netflix premiere of "Pee-wee's Big Holiday," the first Pee-wee Herman film in almost 28 years.
Kid Cudi Covers Complex With Jeremy Piven
As we learned over the weekend, Kid Cudi will be playing assistant to Jeremy Piven's iconic character Ari Gold in the upcoming "Entourage" movie, and today, both dudes are on the cover of Complex discussing the new film. Check out the cover itself in the gallery above, and read some excerpts from the interview below. The two of you make for an odd couple. What was your dynamic like working together?
Kid Cudi & Snoop Dogg To Headline North Coast Music Festival In Chicago
The festival news keeps pouring in. While we learned earlier today that Murs' Paid Dues festival is cancelled this year, North Coast Music Festival in the Chi is going strong on their five-year anniversary. Today North Coast Music Festival, which takes place in Union Park, Chicago, announced their line-up, which includes notable rap acts like Kid Cudi, Snoop Dogg, Riff Raff, Action Bronson, Alex Wiley, and ProbCause. Other acts include DaDa Life, BassNectar, Cashmere Cat, Bad Bad Not Good, SBTRKT, Little Dragon and more.
Kid Cudi Will Be The Regular Co-Host Of Comedy Bang! Bang! This Summer
Kid Cudi is certainly broadening his horizons on 2015. The rapper has already locked in a couple of movie roles for the new year (one of which he's also supplying the soundtrack for), and has announced today that he'll be joining the cast of IFC improv show, Comedy Bang! Bang!
Kid Cudi Covers First Issue Of Fat Magazine
Fat Magazine ("Fat" stands for Fashion, Art, Type) have released their inaugural issue with a very familiar face on the cover. They've nabbed Kid Cudi for the magazine's first issue, and the inside photo shoot not only features Cudder, but A$AP Nast as well.
Rap Industry Recap: April
Business moves quick, and that's no exception for the rap world. From the hottest new signings, to movie deals, to album pushbacks, the industry is constantly in motion. It can be hard to keep up with at times, so we've consolidated all of the must-hear information from the past month, all in one place. Be on the look out for this monthly recap of news-worthy items you may have missed to stay afloat with the industry.
Questlove Is Scoring A Movie Starring Kid Cudi & Zoe Kravitz
Questlove will provide the musical score for the upcoming thriller/romantic drama "Vincent N Roxxy", Rolling Stone reports. Directed by Gary Michael Schultz, "Vincent n Roxxy" follows a "small town loner" played by Emile Hisrch, who runs away with a punk rocker, played by Zoe Kravitz. Kid Cudi makes an appearance as a character named Suga.
Samples Of The Week: March 4
After getting two big albums, Big Sean's Dark Sky Paradise and Chris Brown & Tyga's Fan Of A Fan: The Album, last week, this week has been all about the singles. Everyone from Ludacris to Juicy J to Wale seemed to drop off a new track, and so this edition of Samples Of The Week focuses on three of the best we've heard recently.
Kid Cudi, Rae Sremmurd, & Lil Uzi Vert To Perform At Trillectro Festival
We are living in a golden age of music festivals. With hundreds of new festivals popping up across the globe, Maryland's Trillectro Music Festival is returning for its fifth year this year. The festival has announced its lineup. Kid Cudi is the featured headliner. Also performing: Rae Sremmurd, Goldlink, Lil Uzi Vert, Esta (of Soulection), Cousin Stizz, Jay IDK, and more. YesJulz will host the festivities for the third consecutive year.
Kid Cudi To Join Cast Of "Empire" In Third Season
Kid Cudi is getting back into TV with a new role on the forthcoming season of Fox's popular show "Empire." The rapper previously portrayed roles on "Entourage" and "How to Make It In America" so he's no stranger to the acting game.
Kid Cudi Announces Prelude EP To "Man On The Moon 3"
In recent months Kid Cudi revealed that he'll be dropping a third installment in his Man On The Moon series, however it won't actually arrive until 2015. Cudder isn't making fans wait two years until they get new music though, as he announced during a recent concert stop that he'll be dropping a prelude to MOTM3.