Kid Cudi: Revealed, Revamped,Recharged

Carlos Hernandez | 6/30/2011, 2:58 p.m.
"Wake up, I heard they found a solution. Where will you be for the revolution?"...
Kid Cudi will perform on July 2 at Merriweather Post in Columbia, Md. (Courtesy Photo)

"Wake up, I heard they found a solution. Where will you be for the revolution?" That's the tag line for KID CuDi's CD, "Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager."

Somehow this line holds true for Cudi (born Scott Mescudi) who is currently working on his next album, except he is not alone. Cudi recently founded a rock band with Dot Da Genius, c alled "2 Be Continuum." They just released their first single, "Perfect is the Word." The song is appropriately titled and very close to perfection -- especially for those music lovers who welcome a new sound. This song is also very much rock, infused with electro and psychedelic influences.

By the end of the first chorus, listeners' will be in full motion, and they can expect more mind-blowing works from the new album, as the Cleveland, Ohio, native doesn't stray from what he feels in his heart.

However, the road has been nowhere near simple for the 27-year-old Cudi. At the age of 11, he had to deal with his father's death from cancer - and anyone who listens to his music knows that the loss of Cudi's father plays a great role in his music.

As the years passed, Cudi came under the influence of marijuana. He remembers it all starting with Black and Milds. Then things just got out of control, and it became a part of him. He eventually tried his hand at film, studying at the University of Toledo, but eventually dropped out.

That's when Cudi changed gears, drawing ever closer to his musical career and launched his debut mix tape, "A Kid Named Cudi," which quickly caused a stir. The project also drew attention from Chicago rapper Kanye West.

Cudi collaborated on the mix tape with certain up-and-coming artists like D.C. rapper Wale and fellow Cleveland native Chip Tha Ripper. Cudi slowly but surely picked up more steam as he helped pen a few chart-topping songs with West, such as "Heartless," and "Paranoid."

With diligence and drive, Cudi was eventually signed to West's label, G.O.O.D. (Getting Out Our Dreams) Music. That's when Cudi released "Day N' Nite," the first single off his debut album, which was met with great adoration -- while peaking at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The album skyrocketed, also debuting at No. 4 on the Billboard 200, selling 104,000 copies in its first week. The year 2009 was a hugely successful period for Cudi and after a short disappearance from the forefront, he rebounded with a new sound which led to "Man on the Moon." By this time, Cudi had been widely embraced, with his magnetic "stoner charm" and unique sound.

Cudi is currently on the "Cud Life "our, and is slated to appear in concert on July 2 at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Md., with Chip Tha Ripper at his side.

All the true Cudi fans already have tickets in hand, awaiting the moment he hits the stage, so they can "Embrace the Martian." Whether you're a fan -- or even if you've never heard Cudi's raw emotion laying over his tracks, this is one concert you probably don't want to miss.