Also performs as: Kid Cudi
Scott Ramon Seguro Mescudi (born January 30, 1984), better known by his stage name Kid Cudi (/ˈkɪd ˈkʌdi/ KID KUD-ee, often stylized KiD CuDi), is an American recording artist and actor from Cleveland, Ohio. Cudi first gained major recognition following the release of his first official full-length project, a mixtape titled A Kid Named Cudi (2008). The mixtape caught the attention of American rapper-producer Kanye West, who subsequently signed Cudi to his GOOD Music label imprint in late 2008. Cudi has since gone on to launch his own record label imprints, the now-dissolved Dream On and current independent label, Wicked Awesome Records. Initially a rapper, Cudi has since added singer-songwriter, record producer, guitarist, music video director and film composer, to his repertoire.
As of 2015, Cudi has released four studio albums as a solo artist. His debut single "Day 'n' Nite", led him to prominence, reaching the top five of the Billboard charts. His debut album Man on the Moon: The End of Day (2009) was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). In 2010, Cudi released Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager, which was preceded by "Erase Me" and "Mr. Rager". In April 2013, Cudi released Indicud, which became his highest-charting album on multiple charts. In February 2014, Cudi unexpectedly released his fourth album, Satellite Flight: The Journey to Mother Moon, exclusively to digital retailers with no promotion. In 2010, Cudi formed a rock band, now known as WZRD, with his long-time friend and frequent collaborator Dot da Genius, releasing one eponymous debut album, in early 2012. The album debuted at number one on the Top Rock Albums chart.
Kid Cudi has sold over 5.2 million digital singles and has worked with several prominent artists in the music industry, such as Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige, David Guetta, MGMT, Shakira, Snoop Dogg and Michael Bolton, among others. With his originality and creativity, as well as the emotion he conveys in his music, Cudi has amassed a large cult-like following among high school students, college students and stoners alike. Cudi has appeared in numerous television series and films, such as the HBO series How to Make It in America, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The Cleveland Show, short films, Maniac (2011) and Cruel Summer (2012), and films such as Need for Speed and Entourage. In 2015, he became the co-host on the IFC series, Comedy Bang! Bang!.