Kid Cudi

Kid Cudi
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Mescudi in New York City in 2010
Scott Ramon Seguro Mescudi

(1984-01-30) January 30, 1984 (age 37)
Years active2003–present
AwardsFull list
Musical career
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • bass guitar
Associated acts

Scott Ramon Seguro Mescudi (born January 30, 1984),[1] better known by his stage name Kid Cudi (/ˈkʌdi/; often stylized as KiD CuDi), is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, actor, and record executive. He has widely been recognized as an influence on several contemporary hip hop and alternative acts.[2][3] Cudi's first full-length project, a mixtape titled A Kid Named Cudi (2008) caught the attention of American rapper-producer Kanye West, who signed Cudi to his GOOD Music label imprint in late 2008.

Released in 2008, Cudi's debut single "Day 'n' Nite" was a worldwide hit. His seminal debut studio album Man on the Moon: The End of Day (2009), was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).[4] In 2010, he released his second album Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager, and formed the rock band WZRD with his long-time collaborator Dot da Genius. Their eponymous debut album (2012) debuted at number one on the Billboard Top Rock Albums chart.[5][6] Cudi has since released the solo albums Indicud (2013), Satellite Flight: The Journey to Mother Moon (2014), Speedin' Bullet 2 Heaven (2015), Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin' (2016), and Man on the Moon III: The Chosen (2020). Cudi's joint album with West, under the eponymous name Kids See Ghosts (2018), was met with widespread critical acclaim and was named among the best albums of 2018. In 2020, Cudi earned his first number-one song on the Billboard Hot 100 with "The Scotts", a collaboration with American rapper Travis Scott.

Cudi has sold 16 million certified records in the United States and has won two Grammy Awards. He has worked with numerous prominent artists in the music industry, including Jay-Z, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, David Guetta, MGMT, Shakira, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott, and Michael Bolton.[7][8][9][10] After signing to GOOD Music, Cudi has since gone on to launch his own record label imprints, the now-dissolved Dream On and current independent label Wicked Awesome Records.[11][12] Cudi also ventured into acting when he was cast in the HBO series How to Make It in America. He has appeared in several feature films, including Goodbye World (2013), Need for Speed (2014), Entourage (2015), Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020), and We Are Who We Are (2020). In addition, he has made appearances on television shows such as One Tree Hill, The Cleveland Show, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and Westworld. In 2015, he was the bandleader on the IFC series Comedy Bang! Bang!

  1. ^ Birchmeier, Jason (2009). "Kid Cudi > Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved May 22, 2009.
  2. ^ Wooley, Charlie (July 6, 2015). "KiD CuDi - A Forgotten Influence on Psychedelic Introspection in Hip-Hop". Tremr.
  3. ^ Cite error: The named reference uproxx was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  4. ^ "Gold & Platinum". RIAA. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
  5. ^ "Kid Cudi Ditches Rap For Rock". October 31, 2010. Retrieved April 20, 2013.
  6. ^ Trill, Nadia (October 29, 2010). "Kid Cudi Forms New Rock Band Called 'Wizard'". Archived from the original on September 21, 2013. Retrieved April 20, 2013.
  7. ^ Wolgamott, Kent (July 7, 2011). "What You Need to Know About Kid Cudi". Lincoln Journal Star. Retrieved July 7, 2011.
  8. ^ "Man on the Moon II: The Legend Of Mr. Rager Certified Gold". Dat New 'Cudi'. Archived from the original on March 25, 2014. Retrieved January 9, 2014.
  9. ^ The Chosen One [@KidCudi] (August 5, 2012). "Man on the Moon II The Legend Of Mr Rager is certified gold. Which means, I have 2 gold albums and over 5.2 million digital singles sold" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  10. ^ "Gold & Platinum". RIAA. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  11. ^ "Kid Cudi Splits With Manager, Launching New Label". MTV. February 27, 2011. Archived from the original on January 10, 2012. Retrieved October 17, 2011.
  12. ^ "Kid Cudi Announces New Label & Band Name". Dat New 'Cudi'. April 22, 2011. Archived from the original on April 27, 2012. Retrieved October 11, 2012.

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