Last November Kid Cudi hinted that a short film based on one of his songs was coming and yesterday on Halloween he released it on the ‘Net. The short film, directed by Transfomers star Shia LaBeouf, is titled Maniac and it is “inspired by” the song with the same name featured on Cudder’s sophomore album Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager. The extremely dark, gritty, and violent clip does not play the “Maniac” track behind it, nor does it refer to the lyrics in the song as it plays out like a short film and not a music video. The score that plays in the background is original music produced by Cudi and Wizard collaborator Dot Da Genius. In the nearly ten-minute short, a film crew follows two serial killers (played by Cudi and Chris Palko) documenting their exploits. As made explicit in the post title, this video is NSFW due to graphic violence and gore and in fact it is rated NC-17.
You have been warned. Mash play at your own risk. Happy Halloween!
Update: Cudder sat down with Complex and shared some insight into the making of the Maniac video. In it he talks about working with Shia LaBeouf, the character he played in the video, funding the film, and he explains why the characters speak in French. Read the choice quotes over at Complex.
Cudder continues to support his now nine-month old sophomore release Man on the Moon II with the music video for his anthem “Mr. Rager.” The clip is directed by Jérémie Rozan, founder of the high-end fashion brand Surface to Air. Cudi collaborated with Rozan to design an exclusive limited line of leather jackets. The jackets (which are featured in the video) are now on sale at the flagship Surface to Air retail shop that just opened in NYC’s trendy section Soho. To celebrate Fashion’s Night Out, Razon (and perhaps Cudi) will be on hand at the grand opening of the store tonight where the music video will be screened for those in attendance.
DatNewCudi has the scoop: “The limited edition “thriller” style jackets retail for $1,200 and feature red quilted shoulder pads, internal red pockets, quilted lining, Surface to Air logo on buttons, zips, hot stamped logo on the leather and Red quilted shoulder pads and of course is 100% leather.” Two different vairents called “Fire Jacket” and “Champ Jacket” are part of the initial release. See pics below. And don’t pass over the violent music video above; in it Cudi takes on a fashionable gang. There’s a twist ending and a super cool blink-and-you-miss-it cameo to boot!
Update: Turns out Cudi did show up at Surface to Air last night! Hear him talk about the importance of visuals attached to his music after the break.
This latest video from the lonely stoner is a cut off his sophomore record Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager. “Marijuana” was directed, shot and edited by Transformers star Shia LaBeouf and produced by Lorenzo Eduardo. Tour Amsterdam with Cudi and his crew in the video floating above. And remember kids, despite how cool Cudder makes it all look, smoking is bad for you.
Update: Cudi updated his fans concerning the “MANIAC” short film. On his Tumblr he shared, “MANIAC is a short film inspired by the song. It is not a music video and it has no reference to the song content. It will be scored by Dot and I as a film with all new music. Directed By Shia LaBeouf for Grassy Slope and Ragin4Dayz Productions.” A short teaser is embedded after the break; expect the short to hit the ‘Net this Halloween. (Click here for more…)
Watch Cudder perform the catchy anthem off his sophomore hit album Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager. It’s definitely one of his best performances to date; I’ve never seen him so happy and full of joy before and its totally infectious through his crooning chorus. (Yep, that’s collaborator Dot Da Genius on the keys.)
Kid Cudi’s sophomore record Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager had a terrific first week in sales. It sold 176,298 copies in just seven days! Feel free to compare this to sales from last years debut; MOTM: The End of Day sold 104,000 copies. Cudder’s heading in the right direction, that’s for sure. And here’s a awesome stat for yah: 26,000 copies were preordered on iTunes, making this album one of the fastest selling records for Universal Music before it even released! Speaking of iTunes, 55,000 copies of the album were purchased on iTunes on day one. Quite impressive, young Mescudi. If you haven’t got your paws on this runaway hit, only lord knows what you’re waiting for.
The darker, more sinister sequel to Kid Cudi’s Man on the Moon debut is out today. Support the talented and rising rapper and snag a copy.
Cudder roundup: Short film “Maniac” short film, LNWJF perfomance, ‘Wizard’ collab w/ Dot Da Genius, Bape t-shirt
Bunch of Kid Cudi news, so it’s roundup time. First up is news that actor Shia LaBeouf (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, Transformers) is set to direct a short film based on Cudi’s Man on the Moon II track “Maniac.” Cage and St. Vincent are featured on the joint, and according to Rap-Up.com Cage is friends with LaBeouf and asked for his assistence to helm the video. LaBeouf had previously directed Cage’s music video “I Never Knew You” back in 2008. While you’re waiting for this video to drop, jump after the break to watch Cudi perform “Maniac” with The Roots on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. There you’ll also find photographic proof that the Cudi/LaBeuf collab is actually going down.
Speaking of collabs, Cudi has publically announced that he is forming a rock band with close friend and producer Dot Da Genius. They are calling themselves ‘Wizard.’ When Cudi picked up the guitar for the very first time he became fascinated with the instrument and surprised himself by how quickly he picked up on playing chords. He says that three songs for the album have been completed, and he’ll continue to record more songs on the tour bus as he and Dot make “college runs.”
Last, but certainly not least.. To celebrate the release of his sophomore album Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager, Cudi has teamed up with Bape again to sell a BAPE x Kid Cudi Rager t-shirt. The tee will sell in black and white variants and like always will be limited in quantity. If you want one plan on camping outside the Soho Bape store in NYC on November 9, the same day the album hits stores. And who knows, maybe Cudi will swing by and make an appearence.
Cudder is continuing the cinematic theme with the release of his sophomore album. Just like he did with the first Man on the Moon album, Kid Cudi has put together a short trailer to promote his music (that is organized by scene, mind you). There really isn’t much to it, unfortunately. There’s some shreaking and nicely cut shots, and now we know where those posters originate from. Look after the break for 3 “deluxe” trailers; they are 30 second spots from the DVD documentary “Journey of Mr. Rager” Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager drops November 9. Preorder now.
Cudder’s sophomore slam is nearly here. Want a peek at the 17 song ’scenelist’ for Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager? Force your eyeballs slightly downwards.
Act 1: The World I Am Ruling
1. Scott Mescudi Vs The World feat. Cee-Lo (Producted by Emile)
2. REVOFEV (Producted by Plain Pat)
ACT 2: A Stronger Trip
3. Don’t Play This Song feat. Mary J. Blige (Producted by Emile)
4. We Aite (Wake Your Mind Up) (Producted by Emile)
5. Marijuana (Producted by Dot Da Genius)
6. Mojo So Dope (Producted by Emile)
Act 3; Party On
7. Ashin’ Kusher (Producted by Chuck English)
8. Erase Me feat. Kanye West (Producted by Jim Jonsin)
9. Wild’n Cuz Im Young (Producted by Plain Pat)
10. The Mood (Producted by Emile)
Act 4: The Transformation
11. MANIAC feat. Cage & St. Vincent (Producted by Anthony Killhoffer)
12. Mr. Rager (Producted by Emile)
13. These Worries feat. Mary J. Blige (Producted by Emile)
14. The End feat. GLC, Chip Tha Ripper & Nicole Wray (Produced by Blended Babies)
Act 5: You Live & You Learn
15. All Along (Producted by Emile)
16. GHOST! (Producted by Emile)
17. Trapped In My Mind (Producted by Dot Da Genius)
As you can see, Cudi organized the tracklist here the same way he did for the original MOTM; it flows more like a “scenelist” where the tracks are bunched into individial scenes and they bleed into each other very much like a movie. Cudi managed to scoop up some impressive featured artists; there’s Cee-Lo, Mary J. Blige, Kanye West, Cage, St. Vincent, GLC, Chip Tha Ripper, and Nicole Wray. Dot Da Genius, Emile, and Plain Pat return as producers along with new recruits Jim Jonsin, Chuck English, Anthony Killhoffer, and Blended Babies.
You’ve already seen the album cover for the regular and deluxe versions, so how about we detail how they differentiate. The regular version comes complete with all 17 tracks; the final song “Maybe” is an iTunes bonus track (produced by Dot Da Genius and Rami Beatz). The deluxe versions comes with all 17 songs plus the “Erase Me” music video and a 30 minute documentary titled “Journey of Mr. Rager.” If you want that bonus track, preorder MOTM2 in iTunes: standard / deluxe. And if you preorder today, you will instantly receive a copy of single #3 that is “Mr. Rager.” Prefer a physical copy? Amazon’s got you covered: standard / deluxe.
Curious about the movie poster hanging above? (Click here for more…)
And here it is! Definitely not as racy and bizarre as Kanye West’s George Condo piece, but it doesn’t have to be. There’s the signature dark overtone Cudder brings to the table with his music, and in the torn image he’s sitting on a stool in front of a picture of a colorful night sky looking at an empty shot glass. Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager drops November 9. Get psyched.
Update: Look after the break for the deluxe edition album cover. It’s basically the same image except that the picture of the night sky is slightly tweaked. The deluxe edition packs the CD and a DVD featuring a half-hour documentary by Jason Goldwatch/DECON and three music videos (Erase Me, Soundtrack 2 My Life, Cudderisback).
The first official single off Kid Cudi’s sophomore album is “Erase Me” and embedded above is the brand spankin’ new music video for it. In it Cudder channels his inner Jimi Hendrix and is joined on stage by featured guest Kanye West (donning the gold crown from his epic SNL performance) and none other than Christopher Mintz-Plasse (aka McLovin from Superbad). Go on, enjoy. Available for download at iTunes. Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager drops November 9.
I don’t want to start counting how many times Kid Cudi’s forthcoming second studio album, Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager, has been delayed. OK, I think it’s been three times. And you know what? For all we know these changes haven’t been delays, per se; everything is labeled rumor until the record label makes the official call. Although the label didn’t make the call this time around, it is the first time Cudder acknowledged a release date. He sounded pretty confident about a November 9 release date when he announced it during a performance at the University of Buffalo. He explained the push to November saying that he’s being working so hard on the songs that he forgot to put much effort into the “other [important] sh-t”, like the album artwork. He wants to “bring art on all levels…musically and visually with the packaging.” He promises that another movie poster and DVD footage will be included with the album. Regular and deluxe versions will be available to purchase.
Cudi continued the conversation with his fans by revealing that another album is in the works. He will be collaborating with longtime partner Dot Da Genius (Day N Nite) and he plans on releasing it alongside MOTM2 so that we will have “a sh-t ton of Kid Cudi music to listen to” for the foreseeable future. Right on! Lastly he says he’s working on mastering “Dose of Dopeness“, a track that he performed for an audience back in 2008.
Look after the break to hear all this news straight outta Kid Cudi’s mouth.
After dropping “REVOFEV” and “Erase Me” on his blog it turns out rapper Kid Cudi has decided to make the less edgy but more rocker track the official first single off his upcoming album Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager. “Erase Me” (Featuring Kanye West) is now available to download at iTunes. MOTM2 is due out October 26. (And don’t forget another track outted by Cudder called “Mojo So Dope.”)
Ahh yes. Rapper Kid Cudi has brought the goods. Check out the first two singles off his sophomore album Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager. The first is “REVOFEV” (pronounced Rev Of Ev, short for Revolution of Evolution) which is produced by Plain Pat with strings by Larry Gold. Cudder officially released the mastered track on his blog. The second is titled “Erase Me” and it features vocals by Kanye West. The version that’s been let loose into the wild is only a radio rip, but it sounds great for a recording.
In “REVOFEV” Cudi asks, “Where will you be for the revolution?” Yeah, because this album is going to be that good. The track has a slow tempo and reminds me of many songs from MOTM, especially “Solo Dolo”. It’s not nearly as dark but I definitely hear similarities in sound and style. “Erase Me”, on the other hand, is starkly different from anything I’ve heard Cudi produce lately. It’s a very cheery, upbeat song that uses drums, guitars, and echoing vocals that results in an extremely catchy pop-rock vibe. And the fact that Mr. West makes an appearence is just icing on the cake.
MOTMII is expected to drop on G.O.O.D. Music Day, September 14 that is. But for now, take a listen and download the tracks at the links below.
Update: The dirty CDQ version of “Erase Me” is out now. Download it here.
Cudder and the Revolution of Evolution is no more. Sadly. What an awesome title, right? In an unsurprising move, rapper Kid Cudi recently had a change of heart and decided to take a whole new direction with the album. It will be called Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager. He made the announcement on his blog:
i started making this project like a collab album, filled with fun and upbeat records that for the most part left you with jack shit when you were finished listening. i took a step back, went on tour, and realized im where im at because of the type of songs i write. every time i read a comment from someone saying ive touched their lives in some way is what made me want to stop fucking around and continue pouring my life into my music. MOTM2 is dark by nature and instead of bringing you into my dreams like my first album, im bringing you into my reality. good and bad. it will explain more of who iam aswell as pushing the envelope musically. this project will focus on many dark, fun, and ignorant moments in my life since ive been kid cudi in a exciting and cinematic nature continuing the MOTM theme.
Right off the bat, I’m not diggin’ the name change since the first title was so awesome; it just rolls off the tongue, you know? Hopefully he’ll save it for album #3. Anyway, making his sophomore album a sequel to Man on the Moon makes sense due to its content. The first album brought us inside Cudi’s dreams and nightmares. MOTM2 will venture us into his “reality.” If it’s anything like the first go-around, which it promises to exceed, expect greatness.