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Kid Cudi avoids Fame

26 Feb

Early last year, Kid Cudi achieved international fame. To many, that is the dream of a lifetime. But, to Kid Cudi, that just is not his dream. He wants to continue to make music, but he wants to still enjoy the simple things out of life. That is one of the prices when achieving fame. Kid Cudi is passionate about his music, but he never wanted to be famous.

While Kid Cudi did not want to become famous, only months before the release of his second album, he is one of the hottest topics in entertainment. Kid Cudi often makes news because he threatens retirement every other day. If it is not that, he has beaten up someone or has been framed for crimes that he did not commit.

Unexpectedly, Kid Cudi has become one of the central figures in rap music. He has been picked by many as the future of hip hop, whether he likes it or not. Despite all of the attention and the hype that Kid Cudi receives, he never wanted any of it. Recently, he talked about his new found fame and he said that he never wanted to be a “larger than life figure.” All that Kid Cudi ever wanted was to make music.

Kid Cudi plans to release his next album later this year on GOOD Music and Universal Records.

Kid Cudi changes up for New Album

13 Jan

Coming directly after the September release of his debut album, Kid Cudi announced that he was already working on his next album. He was said to be working on this new album with plans of releasing it before the end of 2010. Due to the success that he experienced in 2009, he has the full support of his label, GOOD Music.

Initially, he said that this album would be entitled Cudder. But, as he has recorded more and more material for the album, he has decided that this is no longer a fitting title. Recently, he had a meltdown about the ills of the industry and he sounded off. This happened while he was performing in Myrtle Beach, SC at the House of Blues.

With his new state of mind, Kid Cudi has changed the title of his album from simply Cudder to Cudder and The Evolution of Revolution. The new album does not have a set release date or any promo singles. As the year progresses into February and March, some more details should be released about the album. The only confirmation is a collaboration with Kanye West.

Cudder and The Evolution of Revolution should be released sometime in 2010 on GOOD Music and Universal Motown.

Kid Cudi says that he is Unstoppable

31 Dec

This has been quite a year for Kid Cudi, his mixtape single, “Day ‘n’ Nite,” finally became a radio hit after two years of floating around. Once the single became a hit, Kanye West began taking Kid Cudi seriously and gave him an album release date. All that Cudi needed was a release date because when he recorded his album, it ended up being one of the most-acclaimed releases of the year.

Despite the fact that Kid Cudi achieved such success in a relatively quick manner, he has still had his share of struggles. When Kanye West took his hiatus from making public appearances, he was removed from the Lady GaGa tour. In his place, Kid Cudi was the man who filled his spot. Right after he joined the tour, Cudi made news when he punched a fan for throwing something at him while he was performing.

Initially, Kid Cudi had not been looked at as a symbol of violence in hip hop. Kid Cudi filled the backpacker role in hip hop and his album, Man on the Moon, was the ultimate backpacker album. But, after his fan-punching incident, Kid Cudi was arrested while in Los Angeles on tour with Lady GaGa. He was arrested for burglary, but later it was revealed that he was a victim of mistaken identity.

Now that all of this has taken place, the image that people have had of Kid Cudi has changed. When he used to be looked at as a rapper that takes a comical view on things, he is now looked at as another violent, ignorant rapper. In response to those who feel that way, Cudi has proclaimed himself as the poster boy for realness, honesty, and anarchy. He said that he does not give a f*ck about the industry.

It is apparent that Kid Cudi is upset with the hip hop game, in general. Ever since he rose to success, earlier this year, he has become a punching bag. Most rappers take shots at rappers like Kid Cudi because they know that he will not respond. This has not gone unnoticed by Cudi. He said that he has never taken a shot at any rapper on any of his music. Because of that, he feels that other rappers should respect that and leave him alone.

Not so long ago, Kid Cudi was the average hip hop fan. He would search online, going to the many hip hop websites to get the news about his favorite rappers. When they released a new album, he would be right out there, ready to purchase their latest release. Badly, Kid Cudi wanted to break into the hip hop game to work with some of his favorite artists. Now that he is in the game, Kid Cudi no longer has too many favorite artists.

When speaking on the actions of some of the artists that he used to look up to, Kid Cudi said that this entire music industry is a business. He said that the power players in the game will try to destroy an artist if they do not comply. This would make most artists nervous, but not Kid Cudi. He feels that he is just fine, as long as he has his fans and they continue to purchase his albums. The Cleveland rapper went on to defend his peace-keeping ways.

Kid Cudi is a victim of Mistaken Identity

24 Dec

Earlier this week, many were shocked to hear about Kid Cudi being arrested for burglary. It is not strange to hear about rappers being arrested for these types of things, but it is for a rapper, such as Kid Cudi. He has branded himself as a different type of rapper. Cudi has admitted that he did not live the gangster lifestyle and did not grow up in the hood.

It would make no sense for Kid Cudi to break into a house and rob a person, anyway. His contract with Universal Records is a pretty good deal. With the money that he will make, he has no reason to rob. The only reason that he was in California was because he was supposed to perform some shows with Lady GaGa. The only problem was the fact that he was cut from the lineup.

After going such a long distance and for nothing, it can be frustrating. That is understandable, but for him to rob someone would just be outrageous. In the end, it was revealed that Kid Cudi was the victim of mistaken identity. All that the Cleveland rapper said was that there was a mix-up and things got out of hand.

Kid Cudi did reveal that he was handcuffed, but everything worked out for the best and he was freed.

Album Review: Kid Cudi’s “Man on the Moon: The End of Day”

21 Sep

Man on the MoonMany credit Kid Cudi to the new life that has been breathed into hip hop as of late. In late 2007, a single entitled “Day ‘n’ Nite” was leaked to the internet.

The song was weird, to say the least and was a part of a mixtape by a rapper from Cleveland. What came next was unexpected. Unexpected to those not named Kanye West and Kid Cudi.

For some time now, Kid Cudi has been in the background as an artist for Kanye West’s GOOD Music. He has watched Common release critically-acclaimed albums, Kanye West become a star, and Consequence even get some shine.

Finally, Kid Cudi has gotten his turn. In 2009, “Day ‘n’ Nite” was re-released to radio and became the surprise hit of early 2009. An album was put together to support the single and Cudi suddenly became a star.

His debut album is Man on the Moon: The End of Day, people are expecting something new from the man that introduced a new sound. This album may be it.

1. In My Dreams (Cudder Anthem) – This song is the perfect opening to an album. The beat is dark and spacey. The album really gives the feeling of being in outer space. Kid Cudi raps from the inside of his mind on the track. Everything he mentions is what goes on in his mind. The slow melody in the background is reminiscent of music in the 1960s. “In My Dreams” is produced by Emile. (6/10)

2. Soundtrack 2 My Life – The second song on the album, “Soundtrack 2 My Life,” opens very explosive. The song brings the pace of the album up a few notches. Kid Cudi’s rap/sing style helps the song. Kid Cudi opens up about his life on the song and it really lives up to its name. This song is one of the more introspectful songs to be released in recent history. (7/10)

3. Simple As… – The track begins with the phrases “ABC” and “1,2,3.” The beat has rock influence and Kid Cudi handles his own on the track. The chorus is great, as is Cudi’s rhyming. On “Simple As…” Kid Cudi has matered the rap/sing concept. (8/10)

4. Solo Dolo (Nightmare) – As the title tells, “Solo Dolo ” is a nightmare that Kid Cudi is having. The song has the beat that is used in most horror movies. On this song, Cudi is reminsicent of Eminem. The song has a great theme, but the music is not quite getting it. Cudi seems a bit more crazy than creative on this one. (4/10)

5. Heart of a Lion (Kid Cudi Theme Music) – “Heart of a Lion” sounds like a song that is better suited for Kanye West. Despite who it may seem better for, Kid Cudi is on it and he makes it work for him. The song has a shifty beat and Cudi’s rhyming is there. Again, he perfects the rap/sing format. (6/10)

6. My World (featuring Billy Cravens) – “My World” continues the great flow of the album. It begins with a soft violin playing in the background before Kid Cudi’s voice emerges. The song is definitely unique and Cudi proves that despite the comparisons, he is unique. He tells of his dreams to make it big, but in a different way, on this song. “My World” is the perfect “I told you so” song. (8/10)

7. Day ‘n’ Nite – Of course, “Day ‘n’ Nite” is the song of 1,000 lives. It was initially panned by fans and critics. After two years of obscurity, the song became a darling by virtually everyone. The song was a favorite earlier this year and it sets the tone for this album. Alone, the track was great and it gets even better when it is a part of this album. (9/10)

8. Sky Might Fall – This Kanye West-produced track just shows of Cudder’s excellence. The song has the futuristic sound of other Kanye songs. Kid Cudi rises to the challenge that this beat displayed. It is not a stretch to say that Cudi has proved that he will be a force within music, overall, based solely off of this song. It is a song with major crossover appeal, something that could be expected from a rock group, but it is coming from a rapper. (10/10)

9. Enter Galactic (Love Connection Part I) – The song has a smooth beat with an uptempo. As the song progresses, it sounds more like a techno song in the same vein as Kanye West’s “Paranoid.” The song is another great track and it fits in well with the sound of the album, the previous two tracks were building up for this climax. The chorus is not exactly memorable, but the song is great. (8/10)

10. Alive (Nightmare) featuring Ratatat – After the climax of “Enter Galactic,” the listener is placed into the valley that is “Alive.” The song is the perfect drop-off. The song has the mid-tempo and is easily a summer anthem for next year. Kid Cudi has a knack for creating great verses on songs with these types of beats. The Ratatat collaboration came at the perfect time to come together for the perfect song. (7/10)

11. Cudi Zone – For “Cudi Zone,” things switch up a bit, but for the most part the song sounds like “Day ‘n’ Nite.” The song would have made a great remix for his lead single, but, it remains another song on the album. It is not great, but it is not bad, either. The song deals with Kid Cudi’s need to escape, but it is really nothing more than another “Day ‘n’ Nite.” The song lacks originality, but it is a good listen. (3/10)

12. Make Her Say (featuring Kanye West and Common) – This is actually the second single off of the album. On this track, Kid Cudi brings in his GOOD Music cohorts, Kanye West and Common. They come together for the hottest hip hop collaboration of 2009. The song almost entirely makes up for the unoriginality of the previous track. It was the perfect choice for the next single and was a perfect fit for the album. (9/10)

13. Pursuit of Happiness (Nightmare) featuring MGMT and Ratatat – The song has a rock feel to it, as much of this album does. Kid Cudi brings Ratatat back for this song, along with introducing MGMT. The song is the ultimate ode to hip hop’s favorite pastime. “Pursuit of Happiness” is another nightmare that Kid Cudi is having on the album and it continues the overall theme of the album. Another awesome melody in the background and Cudi almost seems like a seasoned veteran on this song. (8/10)

14. Hyyerr (featuring Chip tha Ripper) – The beat of the song actually sounds more like Jay-Z on The Blueprint. In spite of the feel, it is definitely Kid Cudi’s song and that is realized once Chip tha Ripper begins his verse. When it is handed over to Cudi, it is clear that this is his song. The song is another ode to getting high and the beat evidences this and the way that Chip and Kid Cudi handle the beat makes this obvious. (6/10)

15. Up, Up, & Away – Continuing the theme of being high, Kid Cudi has finally reached his destination. On a country beat, Cudi sings about his dreams and his imagination. The song proves his versatility and what he is bringing to a struggling hip hop game. It is definitely different than what is considered the norm in hip hop music. Kid Cudi has taken what should be a “white boy song” and he has made it hip hop, which is what the genre is all about. (7/10)

Kid Cudi’s debut album, Man on the Moon: The End of Day, is definitely a creative album. This album has paved the way for what is looking like a long and successful career in hip hop. The album is like nothing before it and probably like everything to come after it.

Cudi is definitely one of the best new rappers in the game, he is putting his city of Cleveland on. The odd thing about Kid Cudi and his rapping is the fact that he sang throughout the album. It is definitely a great album, it is a little above the average because he pushed the creative envelope.

With this album, Kid Cudi has proved that “gangsta” rap is not the only way that the envelope can be pushed. He has worked hard to be different and it is safe to say that his album will not be protested like other albums have been. There are plenty of ways to stick out, Cudi has chosen his overall music instead of the content.

Man on the Moon: The End of Day is definitely one of the best hip hop albums to be released in the year of 2009. The album receives a 7 out of 10 from Hip Hop Vibe. It is something that deserves to be under the Christmas tree for the youngsters that follow hip hop. For the adults, it is also something to vibe to.

Kid Cudi expresses need for Hip Hop Unity

19 Sep

Kid CudiKid Cudi misses the old days of hip hop. Recently, he discussed the old days of hip hop when crews were not going around disrespecting each other.

He referred to the days of Kid N Play, Queen Latifah, and LL Cool J. Despite those artists being from different crews, they all maintained a certain level of respect for each other and they were all friends.

Somewhere between that era and the mid-1990s, that unity theme was lost in hip hop. Most crews even had in-house fights that led to seperation. At one time, Jay-Z and DMX were a part of the same crew, but now DMX is around saying that Jay has no heart.

Kid Cudi is an extended member of Jay-Z’s crew through Kanye West and his GOOD Music label. He hopes to reach out to artists of other crews. Drake is the only other new artist with a fan base to rival that of Kid Cudi’s.

Drake is an artist on Lil Wayne’s Young Money label. Though, Kanye West and Lil Wayne maintain a professional relationship and they are frequent collaborators, they belong to different crews. Kid Cudi understands this and he wants to still unite with Drake on a track for his 2010 debut album.

When asked about Drake, Kid Cudi said that they “definitely have something in the works.” Honestly, Kid Cudi has the right idea because rap has become more like the WWE than an art form.

ALBUM PREVIEW: Kid Cudi’s “Man on the Moon”

13 Sep

Man on the MoonFor some time now, there has been a buzz surrounding Kid Cudi. He was, perhaps, best known as Kanye West’s protege. For years, Cudi was a member of West’s GOOD Music label.

Despite being on Kanye’s label, he was never given a proper album release date. Because of that, Kid Cudi took matters into his own hands, flooding the mixtape scene.

While working on his mixtape, A Kid Named Cudi, a track called “Day ‘n’ Nite” leaked. The track leaked in November 2007, but the mixtape was not released until February 2008. The song built steam over the next year until it was finally officially released to radio in 2009.

The song made Kid Cudi a household name and he gave hip hop the breath of fresh air that it terribly needed. His music was new and creative, much like that of his boss, Kanye West.

His debut release has much hype around it, many are expecting a great album from the Cleveland native.

Track Listing

1. In My Dreams (Cudder Anthem)

2. Soundtrack 2 My Life

3. Simple As…

4. Solo Dolo (Nightmare)

5. Heart Of A Lion (Kid Cudi Theme Music)

6. My World featuring Billy Cravens

7. Day ‘n’ Nite (Nightmare)

8. Sky Might Fall

9. Enter Galactic (Love Connection Part I)

10. Alive (Nightmare) featuring Ratatat

11. Cudi Zone

12. Make Her Say featuring Kanye West and Common

13. Pursuit of Happiness (Nightmare) featuring MGMT and Ratatat

14. Hyyerr featuring Chip tha Ripper

15. Up, Up & Away (The Wake and Bake Song)

Before the release of his album, Kid Cudi has already garnered two hit singles with “Day ‘n’ Nite” and “Make Her Say.” Both songs have a great, new, sound about them that will propel his album if the other tracks reflect this.

Even without an official album release, Kid Cudi has accomplished more than some rap veterans. His album, Man On The Moon: The End of the Day, is the typical backpacker album with crossover appeal.

It would not be too hard to imagine this album becoming the soundtrack of the fall and early winter. Kid Cudi’s debut album, Man On The Moon: The End of the Day, will be released on September 15, 2009 through GOOD Music and Universal Motown.