Kid Cudi Announces 'The Cud Life' Tour

Ohio-bred emcee Kid Cudi has announced plans to embark on his own headlining tour later this year.

Kicking off this September with a date in San Diego, “The Cud Life Tour” will bring Kid Cudi to the stage with support from hip-hop heavyweights Big Sean, Tyler, The Creator, and Logic. The tour will run just over a month and snake throughout the United States. You can view the full itinerary below.

Kid Cudi’s latest album, Indicud, is available now wherever urban music is sold. (more…)

Kid Cudi Releases 'Indicud' A Week Early; Climbs Digital Charts

Five years ago, if you were a major label artist and your record leaked ahead of its intended release date there was very little you could do outside of crying foul and complaining online. With time comes wisdom, however, and now the majors are starting to figure out new ways to curve the hurt that comes with big releases getting out early.

It may seem like the obvious move, but the latest development from labels facing major leaks is to turn around and legitimately release the album earlier than anticipated. The theory here is that everyone will hop online to find the leak and will be persuaded to instead purchase it if they see it is already available for sale. (more…)

Kid Cudi Releases "King Wizard" Video

It has been a minute since we heard from Kid Cudi, but he’s returned to the spotlight once again with a brand new video for the masses.

Earlier today Cudi released the official video for his latest street single, “King Wizard.” The video follows a similar photo frame concept as his self-directed “Just What I Am” clip and leans heavily on performance footage to flesh out the visuals. It’s not complex, but anything new from Cudi is welcome in our opinion. You can view the video for “King Wizard” below.

Cudi’s new album, Indicud, should arrive in 2013. Stay tuned.

If you enjoy Kid Cudi, be sure to check out OS artist NoTiQ.

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"Watch This!" Wednesday: Mumford & Sons, Kid Cudi & Swizz Beatz

We love passing new music videos around the OurStage office, and now we’re going to be sharing our finds with you. Here’s this week’s freshest new clips!

Mumford & Sons – “Lover Of The Light”

It’s hard to tell exactly what Idris Elba is thinking in this video, but it sure is nice to look at. The clip shows a blind man (Elba) who is seemingly thrilled by the sunrise, talking to himself at breakfast, and almost running to his death off the cliffs of Wales. Elba co-directed the intimate video, and does a great job telling a somber story backed by an uplifting song.

Kid Cudi – “Just What I Am” (feat. King Chip)

Don’t be fooled by the frame: This video isn’t quite fine art. Cudi claims “all my videos will be in a baroque frame. I create art, so it will be presented as such. ART IN MOTION.” Um, okay. Unfortunately for Cudi, the visual companion to “Just What I Am” is nothing we haven’t seen a million times before – red solo cups, crowded party, toasting to the good life. Oh well, the song’s not bad.

Swizz Beatz – “Everyday Birthday” (feat. Chris Brown & Ludacris)

Chris Brown wakes up in bed with a “crazy” girl, Luda wakes up in a shower, Swizz is chillin’ on a yacht in Cannes. So begins “Everyday Birthday,” a whirlwind visual feast of bottles poppin’, club hoppin’, and some very evil French girls.

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Kid Cudi And King Chip Release "Just What I Am" Music Video

Kid Cudi has released the official music video for his King Chip assisted single, “Just What I Am.” The video, which serves as Cudi’s directorial debut, features the pair performing their stoner anthem in various locations with a twist of psychedelic reality thrown in for fun. You can view the video below.

Cudi is due to release his new album, Indicud, sometime in the near future. We will bring you details on the his release plans as soon as information begins to surface.

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New Release Roundup: The Week of September 18th

Today’s new albums are an eclectic batch in the world of pop! Looks like female vocalists are taking over this week.

The Killers – Battle Born (9/17)
The band’s fourth LP after their year-and-a-half hiatus.

Carly Rae Jepsen – Kiss (9/18)

The Canadian popstar’s sophomore album after skyrocketing to fame earlier this year with her smash hit of the summer “Call Me Maybe.”


Soundcheck: Who Is Hit Boy?

Pharell tried it.  Timbaland took a stab too.  Kanye perfected it.  Hit Boy will continue the trend.  The transition from super-producer toartist is no easy trek.

Chauncey Hollis, the man behind the beats, is ready to leave the boards behind and embark on his own journey toward rap superstardom. Fresh off his über-successful hit, Niggas In Paris Hit Boy made it clear he was ready to show the world he can rap too.

Last week, he dropped his free debut offering, HITstory, from his new label home on his House Of Hits website.

The producer-turned rapper signed to Kanye’s label, G.O.O.D. Music in May. “I’m just making music with them, so stuff will end up where it is supposed to,” he told MTV News. “That’s family and they’re the best in the world in my opinion, so I can’t lose. Being able to get advice from those guys is priceless.”

The 11-track EP features collaboration with label-mates, Big Sean and John Legend as well as Bun B, among others. His first single, Jay-Z Interview dropped in June and let fans know he wasn’t fooling around. Yeah, the sh– I spit like/ ‘What the f— has gotten into you?’/ I got ’em tuned in like a Jay-Z interview.”

On the album, he displays a broad range of content and creativity; depicting a life of big dreams, big disappointments, and bigger determination. I knew what I wanted before I had it/ but I always had it I was an addict/ And this room is feelin’ just like an attic/making 10 beats a day and going at it¦ God damn I was just home/ now I’m number 3 on The Throne/ I had so many emotions, that I had to make it into a song, he rhymes.  (more…)

Soundcheck: Hot Summer Hip-Hop

The 2012 BET Awards were held Sunday night in Los Angeles, setting the tone for a sizzling summer of new music from some of hip-hop’s biggest names. Beyoncé took home the trophy for Best Female R&B Artist while Nicki Minaj nabbed Best Female Hip Hop Artist for the third year in a row.

Whitney Houston was given one final farewell from a group of very talented loved ones including her mother, Cissy Houston, who sang Bridge Over Troubled Water to a sobbing crowd. Mariah Carey and Angela Bassett, along with the rest of Houston’s Waiting To Exhale cast mates, also delivered heartfelt tributes.

Performances from Chris Brown, D’Angelo, and Kanye West provided previews for some of this season’s most anticipated releases. Brown’s album, Fortune, was just released on July 3.  Last weekend, Brown was honored at the 2012 BET Awards winning Best Male R&B Artist after he gave a power-packed performance of Turn Up The Music and Don’t Wake Me Up to a turned up crowd who can’t help but be mesmerized by his unrivaled dance moves and brightly painted bare chest. His newest singles dropped last week and included one Drake diss and two crazy collaborations; Mirage featuring Nas and Get Down featuring B.o.B., as well as one stellar solo offering, Trumpet Lights.  (more…)

Soundcheck: New Music Previews: Diggy, Wiz, Cudi, Tech & More

Spring has almost sprung and with it comes a fresh crop of new music from the likes of Kid Cudi, Wiz Khalifa, Diggy Simmons and Tech N9ne among others.

Cudi‘s latest project first caused a stir when the rapper complained his label under shipped the rock-heavy EP, WZRD. In it’s first week, the album took the No. 1 spot on iTunes and sold over 70,000 copies.  Cudi’s current single is heating up radio charts as well, setting him up for a stellar rock tour this summer.


Wednesday, February 29th, 2012