(born Scott Mescudi
in Cleveland, Ohio) is a rapper best described as emblematic of hip-hop's newest trend—the laid-back rapper who cares more about marijuana and women than street cred. He sprang onto the scene with the A Kid Named Cudi
mixtape in 2008 and was signed to Kanye West
's G.O.O.D. Music in the same year. A year later he released his debut album, Man on the Moon: The End of Day
to widespread acclaim, with praise coming for the ethereal beats, Cudi's vocals and for putting his personal tastes for indie rock and similar genres to use. This was followed by Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager
Notable songs include "Day 'n Nite", "Make Her Say", "Pursuit Of Happiness", and "Erase Me".
Cudi is also a member of the Dream Pop
duo WZRD, who released their debut-self titled album in February 2012.
Recently made his film debut in Need for Speed
, the film based on the video game series
- Man on the Moon: The End of Day (2009)
- Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager (2010)
- Indicud (2013)
- Satellite Flight: The Journey to Mother Moon (2014)
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