Surfin' (Kid Cudi song)

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Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin' cover.jpg
Single by Kid Cudi featuring Pharrell Williams
from the album Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin'
ReleasedSeptember 30, 2016 (2016-09-30)
FormatDigital download
GenreHip hop
  • 3:58 (single version)
  • 6:15 (album version)
Producer(s)Pharrell Williams
Kid Cudi singles chronology
Pharrell Williams singles chronology
Music video
"Surfin'" on YouTube

"Surfin'" is a song by American rapper Kid Cudi. It was released on September 30, 2016, as the lead single from his sixth studio album, Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin'. The song contains a sample of "Light My Fire" by The Doors. The music was written and produced by Pharrell Williams, while the lyrics were handled by Kid Cudi.

Release and composition[edit]

The song was released alongside "Frequency", for digital download as dual singles on September 30, 2016.[1] "Surfin'" runs for a duration of three minutes and fifty-eight seconds.[1] The album version of the song runs for a length of six minutes and fifteen seconds. called Pharrell's production "sunny, upbeat electronic brass".[2] The song bears elements of African drums, with a styling of sea shanties.

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song, directed by Cudi himself, premiered on October 31, 2016, via his Vevo.[3] The video features cameo appearances from Jaden Smith, Willow Smith, King Chip, A$AP Nast and A$AP Rocky, among others.[4][5][6]

In other media[edit]

In 2017, "Surfin'" was featured in a television advertisement issued by Adidas.[7] The song was also featured in season three of HBO's series Ballers.[8] It was also featured in the 2017 video games NBA Live Mobile and NBA Live 18 The One. The song was also featured in the TV series Inhumans.


Chart (2016) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[9] 77


  1. ^ a b "Surfin' - Single by Kid Cudi". iTunes. Retrieved November 7, 2016.
  2. ^ "Kid Cudi Couldn't Release His Album in Time, So Please Enjoy 'Surfin Featuring Pharrell Williams".
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  4. ^ Times, Music (1 November 2016). "Kid Cudi Dances With A$AP Rocky, Pharrell, Jaden Smith & More In Trippy 'Surfin' Video".
  5. ^ "Watch Kid Cudi Jam Out With His Crew in New "Surfin'" Video f/ Pharrell".
  6. ^ "Kid Cudi – "Surfin'" Video (Feat. Jaden Smith, Willow Smith, & A$AP Rocky)". 31 October 2016.
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  8. ^ |"Ballers Season 3 Soundtrack". Cassius Life. Retrieved October 1, 2017.
  9. ^ " – Kid Cudi feat. Pharrell Williams – Surfin'". ARIA Top 50 Singles.

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