Kid Cudi journeys to Mother Moon
It's been a busy year for Kid Cudi, starting with an announcement back in the fall of 2013 that he could be releasing an EP before the next year. Cudi went on to reveal that he would be producing the project alongside Dot da Genius and King Chip.
In promoting the EP Cudi described it as a prelude to his fourth album, "Man on the Moon III," which he slated for release in 2015. He then proceeded to roll out the cuts "Going to the Ceremony," and "Day 'n' Nite" before revealing the title of the EP: "Satellite Flight: The Journey to Mother Moon." The title track was released on December 16, 2013 through SoundCloud.
Roughly a month into 2014, Cudi announced that "Satellite Flight: Journey to Mother Moon" would no longer be an EP, but a full-length album. A month later he called the project his "best work yet" on MTV News. Cudi also noted that "People weren't really expecting [the album]," noting that he'd never done two albums within a year of each other.
On February 25, the new album was released exclusively to digital retailers. It debuted at number four on the Billboard 200 chart, and by April Cudi had landed the cover of the inaugural issue of "Fat Man" magazine. In May he announced he would headline Chicago's North Coast Music Festival, along with Snoop Dogg.
Cudi is currently developing a short film around album cut "Balmain Jeans." It will tell a story about a "spontaneous electric connection between two strangers."
Kid Cudi 'rides' new reality project (Updated 9/27/13)
Kid Cudi is headed to a screen near you. The rapper is set to appear in a new online reality competition about fulfilling stars' tour rider requests, which are the standard list of demands an artist makes and could include everything from preferred alcohol in dressing rooms to a Foosball table.
Along with Fall Out Boy and The Lumineers, Cudi is teaming with concert promoters at Live Nation for the show. The premise is to turn the task of providing musicians with their backstage demands into a fun task for music fans for The Rider Challenge, which will also feature Fitz & The Tantrums and Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros. Six teams of two will race to complete the riders before showtime, with the winning duo scoring unlimited access to the company's concerts for an entire year.
Cudi is also out on the road on his "The Cud Life Tour 2013." The dates include Big Sean, Tyler, The Creator and Logic in various cities, with Cudi, Tyler and Big Sean also set to make an appearance at Rock The Bells. The tour kicked off September 6 in San Diego at the Valley View Casino Center and wraps October 4 in Montreal, Canada at the Bell Centre.
The aforementioned tour is in support of Cudi's latest album, "Indicud," which was released on April 16 and was the first album of Cudi's career to not be an installment of his "Man on the Moon" series. It was preceded by four singles, and debuted at #2 in the US with sales of 140,000 copies.
Cudi a 'tormented soul' (Updated February 6, 2013)
Called one of hip hop's most cerebral artists, Kid Cudi has triumphed through personal and professional issues to become a successful hip-hop artist. That's not to say he's free from his demons, however, as evidenced in a cover story called "Life After Death" for Complex Magazine's February/March 2013 issue. In a candid interview, Cudi (born Scott Mescudi) openly discusses his use of antidepressant medication, saying he tried different pills for five months as the result of an 'emotional breakdown.'
The drug use, as it stands, was addressed in the songs "Dr. Pill" with Dot da Genius in 2012, and "Just What I Am," the lead single from Cudi's upcoming third studio album "Indicud." The project, set to bow in March 2013, was initially going to be the third installment of his "Man on the Moon" series, and includes collaborations with Pusha T, Jaden Smith, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, King Chip and Cage. Cudi has said the overall tone of the album is positive and confident, though it remains to be seen with the other turmoil in Cudi's life.
In early January 2013, Cudi used Twitter to slam his record label, Universal Music, for not getting his work on the radio. With rather colorful language, he expressed that every song is, "A piece of my…tormented soul." The disgruntled artist, who complained that his 'spins' on the radio were not equal to other artists, alluded to the fact that there's "gonna be some problems" if things don't change with the label.
Cudi currently has just two events booked on his 2013 schedule, with back-to-back nights on March 29 and 30 in Illinois. He'll play at the NIU Convocation Center in Dekalb, followed by a night at Assembly Hall in Champaign the next day.
Kid Cudi - Just What I Am
It's been an interesting couple of years to be a Kid Cudi fan as "dat kid named cudi" who gave us the songs 'Mauie Wauie', 'Pursuit of Happiness', 'Hyyerr' and the less euphemistic 'Marijuana' during his Man on the Moon days went on to quit weed, get exposed for a since-solved coke problem, and now is pretty clearly back to being just who he is. The Kid Cudi story has been an interesting one and as a fan, I think he is back to a better place and I look forward to listening to more of his music.
Kid Cudi Tickets - The Rise of a Rap Star
Some rappers put out multiple mixtapes before they even get on the radar, but Cudi came out strong with his first official mixtape 'A Kid Named Cudi' which played like a true album with hits like Down and Out, Man on the Moon, Maui Wowie, Is there Any Love and the hit single Day N' Night. He dropped at the perfect time. Artists like Lupe Fiasco and The Cool Kids had set the stage for the new wave of non-gangsta rap, and Cudi road this wave to near immediate success. Cudi found success touring in smaller venues like the House of Blues, but as club remixes of Day N' Night exposed Cudi to an increasingly diverse audience, the hype machine built and he was poised to drop a full LP
Cudi Finds Stardom
Kid Cudi released his first studio album 'Man on the Moon' and immediately asserted himself as a force to be reckoned with in the rap community. Though some Cudi fans still cling to his original mixtape, no one is going to argue against the success of his major label debut. Starting off with the cerebral, In My Dreams, followed by the depression admitting 'Soundtrack 2 My Life', it is clear from the start that this isn't just another run of the mill sittin' on 22s in a benzo production. The album was real, unique, and interestingly paced with interludes from Common.
The Legend of Mr. Rager...and beyond
Although Cudi's sophomore album was not at the same caliber as MOTM I or A Kid Named Cudi, songs like Erase Me, Maniac and Mojo So Dope, proved that his mojo was indeed still dope, even if it wasn't as flawless as previous efforts.
Kid Cudi Droppin' New Album, Tour to Follow?
Kid Cudi Tour Kid Cudi Concert Tickets 2013 Ticket Price History Videos Kid Cudi Tour Kid Cudi isn't letting a lack of spins on the radio and video airplay get him down. The unique and eclectic artist has announced plans to release his third solo album entitled Indicud on April 23. Featuring the first single…Read more
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