- Kanye West, The Pharcyde, David Bowie, A Tribe Called Quest, Dr. Dre, Jay-Z, The Notorious B.I.G., Tupac Shakur, Snoop Dogg, Jimi Hendrix, The Pixies, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Public Enemy, Pink Floyd, LL Cool J, MGMT, N.W.A, Queen Latifah, Electric Light Orchestra, Nirvana, The Postal Service
Scott Ramon Seguro Mescudi (born January 30, 1984), better known by his stage name Kid Cudi (often stylized as KiD CuDi), is an American rapper, singer-songwriter, producer and actor widely credited as an influence on 2010s hip-hop and alternative acts.
Cudi began gaining major recognition in 2008 upon the release of his debut full-length project, the mixtape A Kid Named Cudi. The mixtape notably caught the attention of Kanye West, who signed Cudi to his G.O.O.D. Music label imprint by the end of the same year.
A year later, he released his debut album Man on the Moon: The End of Day to widespread acclaim. Defining traits of the album included its epic conceptual scope, psychedelic aesthetic, and prominent mix of influences from rap, R&B, and rock that made for great crossover appeal. This same cross of genres would resurface in various, more experimental forms throughout his future releases.
Cudi is also a member of several groups: Alternative Rock duo WZRD alongside Dot da Genius, which formed in 2010, released a debut album in 2012 and has been on hiatus since; experimental hip-hop duo Kids See Ghosts alongside Kanye West, which formed and released a self-titled album in 2018; and trap duo The Scotts alongside Travis Scott (an outspoken fan of Cudi's), which formed and released a self-titled single in 2020, with a full album on the way.
Cudi also ventured into acting when he was cast in How to Make It in America. He has since appeared in several films including Goodbye World, Need for Speed, Entourage, Bill & Ted Face the Music, Don't Look Up, House Party (2023), X, and Trolls Band Together. In addition, he has appeared on TV shows such as One Tree Hill, The Cleveland Show, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Westworld, and Young Love.
- 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)
- Speedin' Bullet 2 Heaven (2015)
- Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin (2016)
- Kids See Ghosts with Kanye West (2018)
- Man on the Moon III: The Chosen (2020)
- The Boy Who Flew To The Moon Vol. 1 (2022; compilation album)
- Entergalactic (2022, accompanied by an animated television special released on the same day)
- INSANO (2023)
Tropes related to Kid Cudi include:
- Alternative Hip Hop
- As Himself: He played himself in Bill & Ted Face the Music as one of the historical characters Billie and Thea recruit to start a band.
- The Cameo: Drake cameos in the music video for "Pursuit of Happiness".
- Concept Album: All three Man on the Moon albums.
- Deconstruction: The second Man on the Moon album deconstructs the character described in the first, as well as continuing the story.
- Genre Shift: "Up Up and Away" from Man on the Moon: The End of Day has sort of an indie rock style, after a whole album of rap. On the same album, there's "Pursuit of Happiness", which has influences from late 80's Dream Pop and features indie artists MGMT and Ratatat.
- Marijuana Is LSD: The video for "'Day 'n' Nite" implies that Budi smokes a joint before his night shift in a supermarket and he starts hallucinating the customers dancing in their underwear.
- New Sound Album: Speedin' Bullet 2 Heaven was a complete departure from his hip hop sound in favor of 90s-style alt-rock, indie rock, and grunge. Cudder would later make a return to form with Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin'.
- The Nudifier: Budi can strip women down to their underwear and put their clothes back on by clicking a pen in "Day 'n' Night".
- Pun: the hook of "Make Her Say", based on a sample of the acoustic version of Lady Gaga's "Poker Face", makes the obvious joke:"I make her say/oh oh oh oh/when I/p-p-p-poke her face, p-p-p-poke her face"
- Record Producer:
- Emile and Plain Pat produced a large percent of A Kid Named Cudi and all three Man on the Moon albums
- Dot Da Genius is another producer he's worked with since the beginning of his career. He is also the second half of WZRD and co-produced the self-titled album.
- As of the WZRD album, Cudi's been producing himself, in addition to co-producing that album with the aforementioned Dot Da Genius he produced the entirety of his next solo album Indicud.
- Soul-Sucking Retail Job: The video for the Crookers Remix of "Day 'n' Nite" starts with Cudo getting a severe telling off from his manager before starting his nightshift in a supermarket.
- The Stoner: The man has a song called "Marijuana"! He even lets the track run for a few extra seconds at the end so its length can reach 4:20.
- Kid Cudi has actually stopped using marijuana between Man on the Moon II and WZRD, though this hasn't prevented him from recording and performing songs about getting stoned.