Kid Cudi has lived in every borough in New York City, even Staten Island.
Although his initial introduction to the music world was via his first mixtape, A Kid Named Cudi
, Kid Cudi would garner more and more attention, most notably from Kanye West, who, upon hearing the mixtape, signed him to his own label, GOOD Music. Since then, the two have worked together on many occasions, including on Cudi's singles, "Make Her Say
," and "Erase Me
Due to the enormous pressure of being a successful musician, Kid Cudi nearly retired from music in 2009, saying in his blog, "After the release of my first LP this summer, I am not making anymore solo albums. I am falling back on being an artist. The drama that comes with it is more overwhelming than I was dealing with when I was piss-poor broke." Nearly a week later, he changed his tune, saying, "You remember when Spiderman didn't want to be Spiderman no more? I understand that I need y'all and y'all need me, so I can't stop."
In 2011, Kid Cudi split with his label because he felt they had different ideas about how his music should sound. During the split, he contemplated a rock career.
Kid Cudi has listed both Pharcyde and A Tribe Called Quest as major influences in both his sound and lyrical style.
Kid Cudi's father was a WWII Air Force veteran and became a substitute teacher later in life. Cudi's mother is also a teacher. She's a middle school choir teacher at Roxboro Middle School in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.
Kid Cudi has appeared as a guest on various songs by Kanye West, Robin Thicke, Snoop Dog, Cam'ron, John Legend, Lloyd Banks, Common, Solange Knowles and Travis Barker.
Kid Cudi is known for reaching outside the hip hop realm and working with artists like MGMT and the electronic music duo Ratatat. Cudi has also expressed an interest in working with other musicians like Drake, Postal Service, Kings of Leon and Green Day.
Kid Cudi once got expelled from high school for threatening to punch his principal.