Status 10: Mr. Day N Nite

By: Aisha Brown


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Cleveland’s own Kid Cudi has been creating buzz ever since the release of his debut mixtape A Kid Named Cudi.  His raw talent caught the attention of Kanye West, which lead to the signing of GOOD Music.  The new contender brought a new flare to hip-hop game, with the combination of  hip-hop and alternative rock acoustics sounds during  his first single “Day N Nite”, the midwest native marked his stamp in the industry as a trendsetter and innovator. His great musical ability landed “Day N Nite” on the top ten of the  Billboard Hot 100 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop songs chart. 

Cudi’s next single off his debut album Man on the Moon: The End of Day, “Make Her Say” featured pop star Lady Gaga was one of hottest songs of the summer. R&B and Hip-Hop stations throughout the nation kept the single in heavy rotation. 

What makes Kid Cudi so different? His ability to combine various genres of music and make it appeal to the hip-hop demographic. The combination of alternative rock, hip-hop and electro pop has helped Cudi stand out compared to the rest of his counterparts. Even hip-hop mogul, Jay-Z noticed Cudi’s talent and had him featured on his Blueprint 3 album on the song “Already Home.”

Throughout his album, Cudi made sure his fans would get a taste of reality.  “People like records they can relate to, even if you can’t relate to something I speak about, you’ll at least understand my mind, I won’t lose anyone. Even if they haven’t walked in my shoes, they’ll feel me for me.

As the newbie to the game, he has definitely left his mark and will have fans waiting for more.

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