A Kid Named Cudi

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A Kid Named Cudi
Mixtape by Kid Cudi
Released July 17, 2008
Recorded 2008
Genre Hip hop, Alternative hip hop
Length 49:35
Label 10.Deep
Producer Crookers, Dot da Genius, Emile, The Kickdrums, Nosaj Thing, Plain Pat
Kid Cudi chronology
A Kid Named Cudi
Man on the Moon: The End of Day

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.[1][2] 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.".[3] 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."[4] 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."[5] 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."[6]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Intro"   0:50
2. "Down & Out"   4:09
3. "Is There Any Love?" (featuring Wale) Emile Haynie 3:31
4. "Cudi Get"   2:20
5. "Man on the Moon (The Anthem)" Nosaj Thing 3:27
6. "The Prayer" Plain Pat 3:39
7. "Day 'n' Nite" Dot da Genius 3:41
8. "Embrace the Martian" Crookers 3:26
9. "Maui Wowie"   2:24
10. "50 Ways to Make a Record"   2:55
11. "Whenever"   2:04
12. "Pillow Talk"   3:24
13. "Save My Soul (The Cudi Confession)"   2:03
14. "T.G.I.F." (featuring Chip Tha Ripper) The Kickdrums 2:23
15. "Cudi Spazzin'"   3:06
16. "Cleveland Is the Reason" Dot da Genius 3:46
17. "Heaven at Nite" Ratatat 3:17
Sample credits


Credits for A Kid Named Cudi adapted from AllMusic.[7]

  • Chip tha Ripper – Featured artist
  • Crookers – Producer
  • Dot da Genius – Engineer, mixing, producer, composer
  • Emile Haynie – Composer, engineer, Executive Producer, keyboards, producer, synthesizer
  • The Kickdrums – Producer
  • Kid Cudi – Primary artist, art direction, design, director, Executive Producer
  • Patrick "Plain Pat" Reynolds – Executive Producer
  • Wale – Featured artist