Kid Cudi To Retire After First Album

Rap longevity apparently isn’t on Kid Cudi’s 10-year plan. Per a blog entry written on kidcudi.com, the New York-based rapper (by way of Cleveland) will call it quits after his first album drops. A part of Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music family, CuDi appeared on Yeezy’s 808s & Heartbreak, has been touring with the superstar and recently released a video for his smash hit, “Day ‘N’ Nite.” But Cudi’s current success has apparently taken as toll on him.

“After the release of my first LP this summer, I am not making any more solo albums,” he wrote in all caps. “I am falling back on being an artist. The drama that comes with it is more overwhelming than the shit I was dealing with when I was piss poor broke.”

“My friends get mad at me, say I’ve changed,” he continued. “One of the only homies I got in this game, Wale, is worried about me ’cause of shit he hears. Like, WTF? Who can say I’m being Hollywood? I’m not around anyone but Plain Pat and Emile. Who can say that shit? Motherfuckas talkin’ shit here and there, spreadin’ rumors, makin’ jokes, tryin’ to judge me, and for what?”

Cudi, who recently signed with Universal Motown, plans to drop the mic to focus on his acting career. He’s already set to star in How to Make It in America, an HBO comedy pilot following three twentysomethings trying to make it in the big apple. Shooting for the series, which will be executive produced by Mark Wahlberg, starts in August. There’s no word on when Cudi’s solo debut, Man on the Moon: The Guardians, will hit stores. - Marvin Brandon

  • cold

    please retire before the first album

    • http://noneofurbuisness cheese gradder

      yo this nigga has flow and is lyrically better then all the rappers now a days talkin money cars and girls cudi raps about wat he feels about wats real and that deserves the highest respect its hard to put ur feelings out there to the whole world

  • cold

    yeah

  • DV8

    good because that Day & Nite shit is depressing

  • yoprince

    rap about it nigga. quit blogging.. telling us your feelings in all caps n shit.

    these niggas make you wish they retired after one SONG.

  • ee-city

    Like camron said in that song from his mixtape double album “YOURE NOT F*CKING FIT FOR THE GRIND”

    Ive told mad people that not everyone is cut out for that sh*t

  • m tizzy

    Thanx my dude..I just wish more wack so called “rappers” would quit….

    I mean this niggas hip hop? Day and night is a hip hop song?

    Fuck outta here

    • RDS

      You’re an expert in what is hip-hop? Must be nice…

  • ant87

    WTF to the people above me. SERIOUSLY????? you are the bloggers that everybody hates and raps about in their songs. If you don’t like the dude, fine. DON’T COMMENT and go read something else. It’s a FREE INTERNET and there is no damn reason for you to sit here and spread your hate on dude.

    People like you remind me of Bill O’reilley.

    • http://xxlmag.com International

      ant87 says: “Waaaah!! Stop it guys ok?! That shits not cool!”…………Rappers rap about bloggers?!

  • SOUTHSIDE A-TOWN

    u rite dude. its not even worth it.so please go ahead n do us the favor.

  • http://xxlmag.com the brown

    Yo! So I’m checkin out some of this dudes songs and damn this shit is wack!! Yo Cudi, PLEASE stick to your word cuz you don’t sound like you want it any way. I’m all for the genre of space oddessy n shit cause I’m from somewhere else, too, but I would be a straight up hater if your shit started playin on the radio.

  • fhdasurehjfkas

    Cudi DID NOT sign a 1-album deal so there’s no way he can do this anyway.

  • sc21eptx

    Wow apperently you guys have never heard A Kid Named Cudi. Im gonna have to say that Kid Cudi is one of the top 3 up and coming rappers (Cudi B.o.B and Wale not in that order) and you guys want him to quit after one album? you have to stop judging people by just one song Listen to the Mixtape before you judge the artist, trust me A Kid Named Cudi was the best mixtape of 2008

    • KSA1001

      you left out Joell Ortiz

  • te noh

    One wack rapper down, 9 billion to go. Cudi sucks, his mixtape sucked (the idea his mixtape was the best last year is laughable, at best).

    ant87: hating on haters, the lowest form of hate. Cudi sucks, and the peanut gallery agrees. Go cry somewhere else, with that “Leave Kid Cudi aloooonnnneee!” Britney stan bullshit.

    • sc21eptx

      LAUGHABLE?? What are you talking about? He could have passed that as a legit album and i would have bought it. That mixtape was a better version of 808s and Heartbreak. Not saying that was a good album, because it wasnt, but if there had to be an album like that kid cudi did it. If A Kid Named Cudi wasnt a good mixtape wasnt the mixtape then what was? The only one i can think of would be Viva La Hova.

  • Avenger XL

    Who cares this just proves he doesn’t give a shit about Hip-hop anyways. Who ever heard of someone quiting based on your friends saying you changed. If you get a decent job and move out the hood folks will say you have changed. Dude is a perfect example of the loser/superstar mindstate.

  • http://www.myspace.com/1djallday dj all day

    WOOOOW NOW LET ME JUS START BY SAYIN I AM NOT HATING ON HOMIE BUT IF U WANT 2 RETIRE AFTER UR FIRST ALBUM Y R U EVEN TRYIN 2 GET IN THA RAP GAME FIRST OFF “DAY AND NIGHT” IS NOT A HIP HOP SONG THAT IS A POP SONG PPL NOW A DAYZ NEED 2 GET THIS SHYT CLEARED UP HALF THA SHYT WE LISTEN 2 ON THA RADIO IS NOT HIP HOP SHYT IS POP OR PART OF SOME OTHER GENRE AND YES JUS CUZ THEY R RHYMING DOESNT MEAN ITS CONSIDERED HIP HOP….SO HONESTLY I HOPE THIS KID DOES WAT HE WANTS IN LIFE SO IF THIS GAME IS 2 TUFF 4 U THEN GET THA FUCK OUT CUZ SERIOUSLY IF U GONNA CRY BOUT PPL TALKIN SHYT AND THIS AND THAT WE DONT WANT U IN THIS GAME ANYWAY….THATS LIFE SON GET USE 2 IT WE ALL GET PICKED ON AND SHITTED ON AND DEAL WIT HARD TIMES…..LOOK AT ALL THA VETS IN THA GAME NOW U DONT THINK THEY GOT HATED ON?? GROW THA FUCK UP AND GET THIS EMOTIONAL ASS NIGGA OUTTA HEA…SHOUT OUT 2 MY DUDE WHO SAID BOUT THAT KILLA COMMENT CUZ MOST NIGGAZ IN THIS GAME R NOT FIT 4 THA GRIND PREACH!…….100

    • ANGRY RADIO DJ

      Word up “dj all day” this mothafucker aint no rapper/mc/singer..another cookie cutter hip pop kat…THIS IS NOT HIP HOP!!! any djs remember the group “2 in a room” thats what his wack talking style reminds me of.

  • $ykotic

    Obviously if you see a guy like Cudi, who has every outlet to be successful in this game and want out, it tells you that the behind the scenes action is all f*cked up.

    It’s screaming “I’m working too hard and not getting paid…”

  • Harmen

    woooow, what a fag lol

    • KSA1001

      woooow, what an intelligent comment.

  • http://www.myspace.com/7cityspitta T.W.I.C.E.

    ….more room for me….

  • The Fattest Skinny Man

    I’m waiting for Charles Hamilton and his Boyfriend Music to go ahead and abandon ship and get the fuck outta here too…lol

  • LB

    Everybody need to take heed to this cat’s article; especially those who currently want to be career artists. Being an artist is tough, whether you’re a musical artist or a graphic artist; especially when you have good talent that you’re offering up for exploitation. I think its good that he has taken advantage of the situation with a seemingly level head. He’s going to do well in entertainment.

  • Emperor Doom

    Get him the fuck out of here anyway. He is trash

    Day and Night? Ok…

  • http://xxlmag.com $hawty Reg

    FUCK THAT! Let me take on them same problems he got. I LOVE HIP HOP and all the bullshit that comes with the industry. Real niggaz feel me.

    New Orleans is in the mutha-fuckin-buildin!! YA HEARD MMEEEEEEEE…….

    The Real CIRCLE Entertainment…..Google Us!!

  • Mutada al sader the king

    Cry us a river you weird, mohawk wearing, pink and purple clothes wearing, tight jeans promoting, Kanye downlow partner ass nigga.

    Hurry up and quit !! Let someone else in who wants it.

  • http://xxlmag.com $hawty Reg

    Day n Night
    Blah Blah B-Blaaaaah
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    Blah Blah B-Blaaaah
    Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah B-Blah

  • Yayza

    So let me get this straight. Dude is quitting music because of the drama, only to go into a career with potential for even more drama? Music is an audio-only medium, people don’t see your face whenever they listen to your songs. Imagine what happens when your ass is on a TV show once a week. The drama aint gonna stop son. Bad choice.

  • KSA1001

    It never ceases to amaze me how much hate peopel receive for being unique/different. Why are people only checking for dudes that sound like everyone else and/or past greats? I can only hear so much about how much drugs you sold or who you shot/gonna shoot. Not everyone is from the hood, and not every grew up on just hip-hop/rap.

  • LB

    Yayza…You’re right man, the drama is amplified in the acting sector. But, he may just be more of a actor than he is a musical artist and will have more passion to keep him goin in that arena. Either way, his prior involvement in the overall music and entertainment industry will have doors already cracked open for him to walk through. It’s good that he put it on blast rather than fade into oblivion; that way, he can feed off a lil bit of controversy if he does decide to stay in after the album. By the way, it’s the label’s fault for puttin that Day and Nite mess out there as his callin card. That fucked him waaay up with traditional Hip Hop fans.

  • LB

    KSA1001…You’re right bruh, “Not everyone is from the hood, and not every(one) grew up on just hip-hop/rap.” But this is XXL and the topic is more than likely goin to be Hip Hop related and rap artists, no matter what new shit they’re comin with, should always come with bona fide Hip Hop. Period.

    • KSA1001

      Ok then i guess my question would be what is bona fide hip hop? B/c most stuff out today straddles multiple genres, but i wouldn’t say it’s not hip-hop per se. Lord knows Lil’ Wayne and Wu-Tang have been mixing in rock/guitar influences in their music. T.I.’s album while hot, has mostly pop leaning songs/colabos [whatever you like/live your life/dead and gone]. Everyone wants to sing using auto-tune..so where is the line drawn?

      • LB

        Bona Fide hip hop always uses rap (whether good or bad rap) as the main mode of oral communication, and almost always utilizes certain percussions and drums in the music itself (the keys, strings, etc. are almost a matter of choice or taste; thus, genre). And using that framework, the plite or the height of a culture is told through several different means. The line is drawn when you have a guy playin somethin that’s bona fide rock like Led Zepplin, or bona fide bubble gum pop like Backstreet Boyz, and stampin a Hip Hop label on it just because the people so happen to wear some baggy jeans or have a few references to hip hop. That “Day and Nite” was more of a bad mix of R&B and Hip Hop. He should’ve had a broad sing on it.

  • latino heat

    yeah right. the same way Lupe Fiasco said he was gonna retire after his 3rd album right? nobody believed him either and of course he ain’t saying that shit no more either.

  • Gerv

    That’s just life man when you doing big shit people gonna talk shit about you.You gotta be stronger than to let the haters make you quit b4 you begin!

  • Jhon da Analyst

    KSA 1001………..I totally agree. Some cats need to expand their mind. If not that shit could implode. I consider myself a fan of hardcore hip-hop. Yet when I was younger, my sister put me on to A Flock of Seagulls, Duran Duran & U2. I’m so glad she did that shit!!! And Day n Nite is nice as hell!!!!

  • Beast McCoy

    I AM SICK AND TIRED OF RAPPERS TALKING ABOUT RETIRING WHEN IN MOST CASES THEY DON’T. TO USE THE WORD RETIREMENT MEANS [BY MY DEFINITION] THAT YOU ARE FINISHING A LONG CAREER IN A FIELD. I AM JUST WAITING FOR A 18YR OLD KID TO SAY “MAN, AFTER I FINISH THESE FRIES AND FLIP THESE LAST TWO FLAME-BROILED PATTIES, I AM GOING TO RETIRE FROM THIS FAST FOOD.” JUST BE HONEST AND SAY THAT THE STRAINS OF MAKING MUSIC IS TOO MUCH FOR ME AND THIS IS NOT SOMETHING I WANT TO PURSUE. MASE, $HORT, JAY AND NOW IT SEEMS EVERYBODY ELSE WANTS TO SAY THIS LIKE IT’S SOME BIG EVENT. GUESS WHAT? IT’S NOT! THERE IS NO ONE CURRENTLY RAPPING OR NO LONGER RAPPING THAT I WOULD GIVE A HALF A F@CK IF THEY NO LONGER MADE MUSIC. ALL THESE DRAMA QUEENS SHOULD TAKE THIS AS LESSON WITH THEM – “IF YOU ARE NO LONGER INTERESTED IN RECORDING MUSIC THEN JUST DON’T AND SIMPLY WALK AWAY, GET A 9-5 THAT YOU CAN HANDLE, STOP CRYING, MAN UP AND STOP ACTING LIKE YOUR LIFE IS AN EPISODE OF “THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS”. STOP SAYING WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO DO AND JUST DO IT.

  • http://tonygrands.blogspot.com tony grand$

    It’s not for everybody. He probably built up this imaginary world where a little fame & notoriety would have made everything perfect in his life.

    No dice.

    Who knows how much time & energy he invested into this before he came to a conclusion that could have been reached by paying way more attention to hundreds of songs over the years.

    I’m pretty sure he hasn’t been skipping through life drama-free, so I don’t see why this would be the cause for such a darmatic announcement. Common sense should have told him that this would only magnify what he’s already complaining about.

    Good luck Cudi. Nobody said life was easy. If they did, go demand a refund.

  • TheRefriedMexican

    ARE YOU F@%*$NG KIDDING ME? YOU RETIRE AFTER PUTTING IN YEARS AND DECADES OF WORK. IF YOUR CALLING IT A CAREER AFTER ONE ALBUM THEN YOUR QUITTING NOT RETIRING!

    YOUR QUITTING NOT RETIRING!
    YOUR QUITTING NOT RETIRING!
    YOUR QUITTING NOT RETIRING!
    YOUR QUITTING NOT RETIRING!
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    • El Tico Loco

      Co Sign

      I thought you had to be set for life to be retired, I really doubt he’s set like that. There’s people that deserve to retire and aren’t even considering it, now if he said I quit making music and I’m doing this or that cool but retiring? Negro Please! you don’t make big cash, got a mohawk like a fag compared to Kanye you wack.

  • Teddy

    jeez they jay-z doesnt joke when he starts a trend squashing beef with enemy rappers – t.i. shawty luda game joe, retiring game lupe kudi and just like his trend of not actually retiring i know non of these ppl whos ay they r gonna retire will actually retire shout out to lupe nigga please

  • BGZ

    Fuck all these quitters like Lupe and Cudi; not that I’ll miss their shitty music, but they got a blessing that others are praying for and throwing it away.

    Sure, hip-hop music ain’t as exciting and as financially profitable as it used to be, but why even start then?
    If you invested the same time and energy into something else like learning, you might have got a degree or something by now.

    What happened to the likes of Jay-Z, Twista and DMX who grinded for a decade before they got mainstream recognition?
    These fools had it too easy.

  • Kaiser

    finally, good news

  • IndyKid

    You guys know he’s not gonna quit. He’s just going through a rough time in his career. He’s probably gonna regret saying this stuff later on anyways.
    As for everybody else on here that’s glad he’s leaving, you guys are the reason hip-hop is dying. And I’m being straight up. I mean, I don’t care if you like him or not honestly, but you guys just want him to get out because he’s different. He’s a unique rapper and you don’t like how that sounds. He doesn’t sound like you’re idol Sheek Louch or your favorite rapper Birdman. He’s not talking about pushing drugs (‘pushing’, not doing) or smackin hoes. Just listen to his songs. You are who he’s talking about!
    I’m just trying to show you guys what you’re obviously not seeing. Cudi is just another aspect of hip-hop and you don’t like him because he’s different.

    Fine, let’s just have it your way and we’ll watch hip-hop burn to the ground together…

    Indy

  • FlapJack

    “Who can say I’m being Hollywood? I’m not around anyone but Plain Pat and Emile”

    Is that a shot at Martin Louis King, jr?

    Anyway, I get it. If you hang around hobos like Pat and Emile no one has the right to call you hollywood

    • FlapJack

      He should have brought their pictures just to prove his point, like; Look at these guys! They are piss poor! RA the rugged man is more hollywood than these bitches

  • mannyd

    Whether we like it or not hip hop as “we” (80′s & 90′s niggas) know it is changing. I grew up in the 90′s and in alot of ways I am an illmatic era hip hop purist. I do like Cudi tho, and Wale. Cudi is already feeling burnt out…not a good sign for the winds of change.

  • anutha_level

    ……kid who?

  • Rae Tha Great

    I DON’T KNOW WHAT THE REST OF YALL IS TALKING ABOUT BUT I MESS WITH KID CUDI. I’VE BEEN BANGING “A KID NAMED CUDI” AND BIG SEAN’S “FINALLY FAMOUS VOL.1″ FOR THE PAST TWO MONTHS. CUDI TAKES YOU TO ANOTHER LEVEL WHERE YOU GOTTA LISTEN TO HIS SONGS LIKE 48 TIMES. “SKY MAY FALL” IS THE HOTTEST TRACK OUT NEXT TO JAY-Z “WHEN THE MONEY GOES.” EVERYTHING ELSE IS WHATEVER… G.O.O.D. MUSIC IS PROBALY ONE OF THE BEST LABELS NEXT TO THE ROC. I CAN’T THINK OF ANY OTHER LABELS RIGHT NOW TIME TO GO TO BED. PEACE CHECK OUT MIKE POSNER “A MATTER OF TIME MIXTAPE.”

  • http://asianmanflavor@msn.com TOWN BUSINESS

    Rae… you must have a lot a time on your hands to listen to some wack shit and how can you be great until you move from your grandmas basement.

    Kid cudi return after the promo tour.

  • EffYou

    I hate when people play the “different” card..just cuz the shit is different,don’t make it hot..Sure i don’t wanna hear about guns,n drugs all the time either,but that don’t mean i wanna hear some london nightclub type shit either…
    the bottomline is,artists are running away from rappin..When hip hop was @ it’s peak outselling country music,everybody and they mama was dropping verses,grinding trying to get heard..NOW,since hip hop aint @ that level anymore,niggas wanna jump into the “different” category….How are niggas not even rappin on songs considered hip hop ??? This niggas is pop artists…just cuz they black the hip hop ?? if they was white,they wouldn’t be called that..Fuck outta here..If he wants to retire,good…He aint in it for the love anyway

  • EffYou

    Nah,they not even pop artists….they TECHNO artists

  • LB

    EffYou…I agree with your “different” statement. I also think that most of the time “different” is code for wack amongst those who matter, but dope to those who can’t hang with it. There are some truely good music out there that’s different in it’s originality. Then there’s the garbage that’s tailored to be shoved down your throat like it’s the new hot shit, when really it’s someone’s wack ass attempt to add salt to something that’s already well seasoned.

  • http://www.myspace.com/lunasdan1 lunasdan1

    niggas is haters i see cudi album is real shit if you cant seem to comprehend who he is or what his music is about fuck off ur thoughts dont matter cause even if he really was just to quit i give it to him he had a gameplan and goal and he accomplished that shit so big ups to him and the good music keep it coming

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  • http://vibe Hugh Jass

    Mother fuckerz!! u dnt kno hip hop!!
    kid cudi is thee shiit
    now soulja boi n all those stupid muthafuckaz dat r always dancing… now dat aint hip hop
    this foo talks bout shit dats real
    he aint fake..
    hip hop is dead n kid cudi n a FEW other rappers r tryin to revive it!!!
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  • MY TWO CENTS.

    ALL YALL IN THE BEGINNING OF THIS ARTICLE ARE SAD.
    WHY WOULD YOU PUT DOWN A NIGGA THAT’S BRANGIN IN MOER MONEY THAN Y0U.
    PATHETIC.
    THATS WHY YALL BROKE NOW
    FUCK BOYZ. GET MATURE.

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  • youngkizz

    yall are wack as hell. Cudi is the shit. Just because eh doesn’t sound like lil wayne or gucci doesnt mean he’s not raw. He’s bringing something new to the table that none of them have done in years. All their shit is mainstream and all of you are PUSSY Haters

  • anonymous

    idek wtf yall r tlkin bout cudi is real the shit he raps about is real it aint fake half the niggas in the game dont do half the shit they say you have to listen to his music before you criticize it you cant just hear the day n nite beat and say oh hes wack listen to the lyrics this nigga is talkin bout his life his struggle how he made it none of yall niggas done half the shit he has all his shit is dope man foreal jus listen his music takes you on a journey hip hop has just become one thing pple are afraid to explore new shit cudder is jus one of that aint hip hop is fake all together ppl jus rap about what ppl wanna hear instead of how they feel theyre afraid of bein criticised ive been bumpin this niggas shit for a minute now and yeah this comment was like a story but i had to get a point across so props to cudi keep it up dont quit your shit talks to alot of pple

  • Attention Niggers:

    Shut up. Kid Cudi is a good artist with real talent. Also, he is going places, along with Lupe, B.o.B, and Charles Hamilton, for that matter. Most of the shit you listen to has been PLAYED OUUUTTT and involves the same topics. So just stop embarrassing yourselves by bashing these real artists, and shut the fuck up.

  • evin satterfield

    aye Scott (kid cudi) im gonna be honest man im glad u didnt call it quits man like your shit has like for real kept me goin lol you said it in love stoned remix yourr gonna change the game..