Like the music videos below, it's also been a big week of new song releases as well in the past few days. Above, a new Drake verse was released just this afternoon on the hotly-anticipated remix of Future's street anthem "Shit". He sub-disses someone, and many speculate it's Kendrick Lamar he's aiming at, as TDE's CEO laughs it off on Twitter shortly after its release. What do you guys think?
Other big-name singles come courtesy of Kid Cudi's first preview of his upcoming EP (my favorite of this batch too), Mike Posner's new one featuring his longtime D-Town homie Big Sean, Chris Brown with Lil Wayne & French Montana, Sir Michael Rocks' first single off Banco, and a Chi-Town independent spotlight on Martin $ky's impressive first offering for his 2014 project. See what you like, above and below!
Cud drops the first preview of his upcoming EP, Satellite Flight: The Journey to Mother Moon, with this title track of sorts that I summed up in that one word above. Tune in with the headphones on at max. volume for the full experience. Cudi harmonizes over an eclectic spacey production akin to the feel of Indicud and some MOTM classics. I also love the twist in the production when Cudi announces the 'raw ass vibe sesh' about two-thirds of the way through. So basically, I know what I'll have on repeat the rest of the night. Enjoy!
Kid Cudi announces a new EP on Twitter this morning: Satellite Flight: The Journey to Mother Moon!
This is a pleasant surprise, yet not really a surprise since Cudi revealed a month ago that he'd be dropping a prelude EP. He mentioned then that when he gave us a release date, it'd be 24 hours before it was released.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine has been, by far, my favorite new show this Fall. Andy Samberg is phenomenal as main character and detective Jake Peralta (hilarious, akin to his lead in my favorite funny movie: Hot Rod) and the supporting cast around him are all unique and comedic in their own way.
So you can imagine my pleasant surprise that within minutes of last night's all-new episode, Kid Cudi was the guest star! The premise: Detective Peralta arrests a newly released from prison Cudi (not playing himself, obviously) after a robbery happens just like his M.O.. Peralta has 48 hours to find the evidence to keep Peralta in custody and the ensuing events are wildly entertaining.
Both clips above and below feature Cudi with Samberg bringing the laughs. My only wish was for Cudi to taunt him even more, ha!
One more Gambinotidbit today — and this one's about the upcoming music, namely a collab with Kid Cudi! Glover confirms that the two are working together after releasing this hypnotic GIF of them vibing out recently. Will it make Because The Internet? That's remained to be seen. Glover says he's not looking to rush a collab just to have "so-and-so" on the album. It's got to fit the story of what he's trying to convey, to paraphrase.
A couple last notes from this interview with Shade45 above are that he's still putting final, last-minute touches on the album and he gets asked about the not-much yet known about acting project Reawakening. This is a quick 1.5 minute watch so press play and if you have more time, hit the link below for a couple more must-see interviews with Donald Glover.
Last night, Big Sean was joined by Kid Cudi on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to perform one of the standout jams from Hall of Fame "First Chain". They were also backed by The Roots, and the only icing on the cake would have been if Nas were available to spit his verse too. But no biggie, seeing Sean and Cudi perform together on national TV is a treat in itself. And both of them didn't miss a word. I can imagine a casual viewer stumbling upon this and being impressed with both Sean and Cud's raps. If you know the song, you know they're goin pretty fast and in this performance they spit each word with max. clarity. Real dope performance of one of my favorite three tracks on the album as well. Watch and enjoy above ICYMI.
In the clip, Hoffman and Kid Cudi’s characters talk about his possibly shady past working as a “private contractor” in Lebanon and the skills he learned from that, while Grenier and McKenzie disagree about the stakes of the situation at hand.
Get a new glimpse of Kid Cudi's newest acting endeavor as he shows off his hacking skills in the Adrian Grenier (Vinny Chase!) movie Goodbye World that premieres in a couple of days. Ha! Not a stretch to see Cudi playing with gadgets after performing the past couple of months in a space suit, right?
Kid Cudi makes the announcement in Dallas at the Cud Life Tour
A NEW Kid Cudi EP? Yessurr.
And it will be cool how he releases it:
"When I give you the release date, it will be 24 hours before it’s released."
- Kid Cudi
He further stated that the EP will drop within the next three months and will bridge the storyline between Indicud and Man On The Moon 3, which will see a 2015 release (dang, that's over a year tho). Close collaborators King Chip & Dot Da Genius will be a part of the EP too.
If the production are the same previews that Cud played on tour, then whoop! We're in for a treat. As anyone else who's been to the tour so far can attest, those beats are hot.
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Kid Cudi is on the road right now with the Cud Life Tour featuring Big Sean, Tyler The Creator, and Logic and what has undoubtededly raised the eyebrows of many tour goers thus far is Cudi's attire. That's nothing new, but what is new is Cud's attire: a space suit.
In a new interview with Complex's Joe La Puma this week, Kid Cudi explains how the custom space suit came about and the inspiration behind it. Simply put, this is all pretty bad ass. One of my largest irks of hip hop is the lack of originality in live visual art. It's 2013! We should be evolved beyond standing in one place kickin' rhymes, much less with all your homies on stage too. Thankfully, there are leaders like Kid Cudi who are carrying the flag. Can't wait for the Cud Life Tour to stop in the Chi next week!
C: What made you decide that this tour was the right time to have a customized spacesuit? KC: Well, when I look back at the Indicud album coming out, I realize that it was a big transition for me as an artist. I wanted to absorb the music and take my live show to the next level.
With that train of thought, I took a step back and started to think about ways I could bring an experience to the kids at the show. Leading up to the storyline of Man on the Moon III, I feel like everything that’s happening up to now is the prelude. With the way Indicud left off, it was like I went back to the moon to gain some peace of mind. I jumped back in my ship and left Earth after I was resurrected from the death of Mr. Rager in Man on the Moon II.
C: So this is part of the warm-up for Man on the Moon III?
KC: This is me thinking about the trilogy and the theme of the story to show what Man on the Moon III is going to be, subject-matter wise. I thought it would be cool to give people some type of Moon Man visual, which I’ve never done before. It’s always been metaphorical, but coming up with the suit idea just hit me.
The full interview, revealing the designer and how the collab came about (plus a hilarious secret compartment to the suit), can be read here.