| July 17, 2008|
17 July 2008
Dat Kid Cudi
| Man on the Moon The End of Day
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Alternative rock
Dot da Genius, Emile Haynie, Nosaj Thing, Plain Pat
Kid Cudi albums, Hip hop music albums
A Kid Named Cudi is the debut mixtape by American recording hip hop recording artist Kid Cudi, released by New York City street wear brand 10.Deep, on July 17, 2008. The mixtape marked Cudi's first official release. Production was handled by Plain Pat and Emile; samples range from the likes of Outkast to Paul Simon and N.E.R.D to Band of Horses. The mixtape allowed a new progression of Kid Cudi with the release catching the eye of Kanye West, founder of GOOD Music. Cudi would ultimately be signed to GOOD Music later that year. Notably the album contains the song "Day 'n' Nite", Kid Cudi's commercial debut single, which reached number three on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Rapreviews wrote: "We've already learned from Lil Wayne and Kanye West that the public is willing to embrace the martian—if accordingly entertaining. Fortunately, Kid Cudi isn't short in that respect, and will no doubt only improve upon his stellar debut given proper management and artistic liberation.". Pinpoint Music wrote "A Kid Named Cudi blends styles, beats and even genres. From a Mims-esque 'This Is Why I'm Hot' beat in the single 'Day ‘N’ Night', to the slowed down tracks 'Man on the Moon' and '50 Ways to Make a Record' that will remind you of something by Gym Class Heroes. Heavy-hitting tracks 'T.G.I.F.' and 'Cleveland Is the Reason' finish the mixtape strong with clear influences from Mr. West on both tracks." Ian A. of Teen Ink wrote "His work has changed my persona on rap music greatly. Everyone out there who thinks rap is stupid, just listen to some of Kid Cudi’s music and hopefully you will change your mind." In a 2013 article for The BoomBox, the author wrote: "On [A Kid Named Cudi], Cudi raps and croons over samples and interpolations of Gnarls Barkley, Paul Simon, Band of Horses, J Dilla, Nosaj Thing, N.E.R.D. and Outkast. He melded indie rock, electronica and dubstep seamlessly with hip-hop without pandering or reaching. Before Drake broke through with 2009’s So Far Gone, rapping and singing over Swedish indie poppers Lykke Li and Peter Bjorn and John, Cudi tweaked with multi-genre covers and seamless transitions between singing and rapping."Sample credits
"Down & Out" samples "Chonkyfire" by Outkast.
"Cudi Get" samples "Wild" by J Dilla.
"Man on the Moon (The Anthem)" samples "Aquarium" by Nosaj Thing.
"The Prayer" samples "The Funeral" by Band of Horses.
"Maui Wowie" samples "I'm So High" by Grind Mode.
"50 Ways to Make a Record" samples "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover" by Paul Simon.
"Whenever" samples "Pink & Blue" by Outkast.
"Pillow Talk" samples "Happy" by Surface.
"Save My Soul (The Cudi Confession)" samples "Who's Gonna Save My Soul Tonight" by Gnarls Barkley.
"Cudi Spazzin'" samples "Spaz" by N.E.R.D.
"Heaven at Nite" samples by "Tacobel Cannon" by Ratatat.
Credits for A Kid Named Cudi adapted from AllMusic.
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