Posts Tagged “kid cudi”

I remember a time when going platinum in the first week was the minimum requirement for success. I was a kid then, but I can remember Best Buy building its empire by practically billing itself to my neighborhood as a cheap place to get CDs. It was nothin’ to go in there and come out with a handful.

Things have changed now though. Most people had their mind made up on what they thought of the Blueprint 3 before it was even officially released.

Last week, Kid CuDi sold about 105k in his first week and by the rest of the media’s standards, that’s a success. And it is. He’s a new artist who had to fight the uphill battle of getting the media to care about him. Mr. West’s co-sign didn’t hurt either of course.

Let’s look back at some of this year’s more anticipated releases to see how CuDi’s 105k stacks up.


Rick Ross - Deeper Than Rap
158,000 in Week 1
With the 50 Cent beef, Officer Ricky had plenty of publicity to have a strong showing. It’s the lowest opening week numbers of his 3 albums though.


Jim Jones - Pray IV Reign
42,818 in Week 1
Jimmy’s efforts to promote this thing on Twitter were admirable, but his major label debut has still yet to hit 100k in sales. Maybe some of that A-rab money should have gone to promo.


Asher Roth - Asleep in the Bread Aisle
65,000 in Week 1
He was essentially the first of the “blog generation” to make the full transition to major label life, and considering the money that must have gone into making that album, I have a feeling the suits weren’t thrilled with these numbers.


Jay-Z - Blueprint 3
476,000 in Week 1
HOV is out from Def Jam’s grip and had a marketing campaign you couldn’t escape. It’s clear that the days of platinum in a week are dwindling (duhh, Mark)…

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I can’t help but laugh.

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KiD CuDi - Dat Kid From Cleveland (Mixtape)

This is mostly stuff you’ve heard if you’re a CuDi fan. That’s usually the case with these mixtapes that kinda come out of no where.

Back cover/track list after the jump

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DOWNLOAD: Old Money x Writer’s Block present “Other Planes of There” (mixtape)

Old Money hit me up with this just in time for the weekend. It’s a mix they assembled after coming to the realization that there’s nothing new under the sun, but also that inspiration in black music hasn’t changed so much over time, and that black musicians looking to outer space and “Other Planes of There” is the common thread in it all. Note: Old Money referenced the article I linked there, they deserve all the credit for these existential musings. I’m merely repeating what they told me.

If you were wondering, Writer’s Block is:

“Writers Block is a Cultural/Arts Movement based in NYC, whose core objective is to expose the general public to a higher quality of Art and Entertainment. For more info, check out this video (HIGHLY recommended viewing), filmed by The New Pop.”

Hit the jump for the tracklisting.

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Yeezy tore it down tonite, until he got a lil too bent and started messin’ lyrics up. It’s okay though because he was still on top of his game.  A tipsy ‘Ye is a funny ‘Ye too.

After forgetting the lyrics to Good Life:
Ye’: It feel like…. Levi’s cuz they payin me!

Here’s one of many videos to come from today at the Fader Fort, and my last day at SXSW.

Once again, filmed by the soon-infamous flipcam.

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Now this a low budget video of the highest quality.

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That’s the real headline here. Fuck the fake Transformers 2 trailer. Wait, that’s where the story is. Yeah, you know that Transformers trailer that featured the Kid Cudi track “Sky Might Fall?” It was a “fake.” He admitted this to MTV News in the video above.

But the dude said in the video that he missed the Super Bowl, and he acted like it was nothing. Sorry, that’s all I care about.

Cool track though.

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I’m not sure why… but the download links around the internet only lasted a couple of hours last night to the full version of this song. Maybe it’s another “Swagga Like Us” cease and desist situation? I don’t know. Here’s the best I can do for you at the moment though; a YouTube stream of the full song. As soon as I can find out what the deal is with the download, and I won’t get a big ole’ fine, I’ll post it.

Thanks to Str8NYC for the video embed.

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Now I’ll be hearing this song on my TV a few times a day, complete with trippy visuals.

That’s not such a bad thing, though.

via OnSMASH

Hit the jump to see KiD CuDi and Kanye on 106 & Park today.

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Kid Cudi - Day N’ Night (Remix ft Jim Jones)

So here ya go. One of the weirder “collabos” you’ll see, Kid Cudi and Jim Jones. The pic above comes via Complex (same with the song), and kinda wraps up how I think a lot of people are feelin’ about it. So how many rappers are going to start singing now?

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