Hip Hop sensation Kid Cudi is hitting the road this summer with The Cud Life Tour. He’ll be making a stop at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Friday, June 24 and will be joined by special guest Chip Tha Ripper. Tickets go on sale this Saturday at noon.
Cudi’s first hit “Day N Nite” was inspired by the passing of his uncle and changed his life forever. Recorded in a pitch-black room, Cudi put his heart into the gloomy pop-hit. After posting it on his MySpace, the song started racking up hits and eventually caught the attention of A-Trak, Kanye West’s former tour DJ.
A-Trak fell in love with song, and Cudi ended up signing a single deal on the DJ’s “Fool’s Gold” label. A critically-acclaimed mixtape, presented by Pat and Emile and co-branded with NYC streetwear label 10 Deep called “A KiD Named CuDi” was the MC’s first full body of work, and released on July 17, 2008 . Things were looking up, but the game truly changed when A-Trak played “Day N Nite” at Kanye West’s “Stronger” premiere party. West loved the song,and saw enough potential in Cudi that he flew him out to Hawaii to do reference hooks for Jay-Z’s The Blueprint 3. Soon, ‘Ye and Cudi started work on Kanye’s 808s & Heartbreak album. Cudi’s sing-songy, eclectic style was the perfect match for 808s, and the up-and-comer ended up writing four songs (“Heartless,” “Paranoid,” “Welcome To Heartbreak,” and “Robocop”). With hype (and Kanye) behind him and a Billboard hit with “Day N Nite,” Cudi inked a deal with Kanye’s G.O.O.D music label. Soon after, he parlayed that into a major deal with Universal Motown.
On September 15, 2009, Kid Cudi released his debut album Man On The Moon: The End Of Day, a genre-bending concept album that took people through Scott Mescudi’s, aka Kid Cudi, dreams, nightmares, and unique views of the world. The album—which featured production from Emile, Plain Pat, RATATAT, MGMT and Kanye West—sold 104,419 copies its first week, good enough for #4 on the Billboard chart. The album’s reception, both critical and commercial, proved Universal Motown President Sylvia Rhone’s assertion that Cudi was a “game-changer in hip-hop”. To date he’s sold over 4.6 million digital singles, 1.3 million mobiletones, and according to The Hype Machine, he is among the top ten most blogged about artists of all-time.
Cudi released his sophomore album, Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager, in 2010. The album featured Kanye West, Mary J. Blige and GLC, with production from Emile, Plain Pat, Jim Jonsin, Diplo, Dot Da Genius and others.
Tickets, starting at $39.50 (plus applicable service fees), will be available Saturday at noon at the Hard Rock Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, online at Ticketmaster.com or charge-by-phone at 800-745-3000.