You know how sometimes you go back to music you used to listen to and you remember all the good times you had listening to that music? Sure, it's not your favorite music anymore, but you remember why you liked it when it came out. That happened to me today. I was looking through my Pandora stations and landed on Kid Cudi, an artist I listened to a lot between 2008 and 2010. His album cover was wild and colorful, so I figured it'd be a nice change for my Daily Doodle while I listened to my change of music.
Scott Ramon Seguro Mescudi was born January 30, 1984 in Cleveland, Ohio to Elsie Harriet (Banks), a middle-school choir teacher at Roxboro Middle School in Cleveland, Ohio, and to Lindberg Styles Mescudi, a World War II Air Force veteran who worked as a house painter, and substitute teacher. Kid Cudi first began rapping towards the end of his high school career, inspired by alternative hip-hop groups. He ended up dropping out of high school and earned his GED before moving to New York to pursue music.
Kid Cudi first gained his major recognition upon the release of his first official full-length project, a mixtape titled A Kid Named Cudi in 2008. The mixtape caught the attention of Kanye West, who signed Cudi to his GOOD Music label imprint in late 2008.
In 2008 his debut single "Day 'n' Nite" reached the top five on the Billboard charts. Kid Cudi's debut album Man on the Moon: The End of Day was released in 2009. This album was later certified two-times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
Initially a rapper, Kid Cudi has since added singer, songwriter, record producer, guitarist, music video director and film composer to his repertoire.