Scott Mescudi, also known as Kid Cudi, is as prolific a musician as they come. He is a talented rapper and producer, but has also dipped his toes in acting, comedy, and fashion. Cudi has been featured in multiple TV shows, movies, and movie soundtracks. He is super friends with Kanye West and has appeared as a co-writer on his records.
Cudi is seemingly influenced by all that is around him, taking rap and hip-hop and fusing it with alternative rock, R&B, and a soulful croon to develop his original style.
The Cleveland born artist is turning 33 on January 30th and, to celebrate his birthday, here are 5 fast facts you need to know about Kid Cudi.
1. Kid Cudi Formed a Rock Band called WZRD
WZRD is a band formed by longtime friends Kid Cudi and producer Dot da Genius. The band formed in 2010, in New York City while both were working on other projects. Dot da Genius worked on Kid Cudi’s earliest work from demos to the mixtape A Kid Named Cudi.
For WZRD, Kid Cudi admitted he was influenced by bands including Nirvana, ELO, Pixies, and Pink Floyd. Australia’s Empire of The Sun made a guest appearance on the record as well. The album dropped in February of 2012 and landed at #3 on the Billboard 200 chart with the hit singles with “Teleport 2 Me, Jamie”, and “Brake.”
WZRD has not recorded a follow-up but the duo has been listed as producers for several Kid Cudi and King Sharp album tracks.
2. He was the Season 4 Bandleader on the IFC Comedy Show Comedy! Bang! Bang!
Kid Cudi has appeared in several TV shows including Entourage , One Tree Hill, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and the HBO series How to Make it in America. But for a time he was on IFC’s Comedy! Bang! Bang! as the bandleader taking over for Reggie Watts. He was able to flex his comedic muscle and fit in nicely before leaving after Season 4.
3. Kid Cudi is Originally from Cleveland, OH
Kid Cudi is originally from Shaker Heights, OH, on the outskirts of Cleveland, where he was born and raised. He always had the itch to perform, but while working in a restaurant on the outskirts of Cleveland, a co-worker at the time told him; “You’re funny and people like you. You need to move the fuck out of Ohio…”
In 2004, he left Cleveland and moved to New York City with his uncle in the South Bronx. Kid Cudi worked at a BAPE store where he met future collaborator Kanye West.
4. Kid Cudi worked with Kanye West on Jay-Z’s The Blueprint 3
Kid Cudi released his first mixtape in 2008 titled A Kid Named Cudi. The mixtape attracted the likes of Kanye West leading him to sign Cudi to his GOOD Music label.
West asked Kid Cudi to reference hooks for Jay-Z’s The Blueprint 3 album. While working on Jay-Z’s album, Cudi and West began working on West’s 2009 record 808s & Heartbreak. Cudi was recognized for his efforts on West’s record with co-writing credits on the tracks “Heartless”, “Welcome to Heartbreak”, “Paranoid”, and “RoboCop.” Cudi was a featured artist on the two singles “Heartless”, and “Paranoid.”
5. Kid Cudi starred in a short film directed by Shia Lebeouf
Kid Cudi starred in a short film called Maniac opposite fellow rapper Cage. The 10 minute film is a documentary-style slasher movie directed by Shia Lebeouf. The movie is about two French-speaking serial killers that are followed around by a camera crew.
LeBeouf had directed Kid Cudi’s video for his single “Marijuana” in 2010. The film was inspired by the song “Maniac” from Cudi’s 2010 album Man on the Moon II; The Legend of Mr. Rager. and is seen as somewhat of an homage to the Belgian comedy Man Bites Dog.