Published Oct 28, 2010In less than two weeks, Kid Cudi will drop his new album, Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager. Rather than focusing his efforts on promotion, however, the Cleveland, OH-based MC is already looking for a new direction. Following in the dubious footsteps of Lil Wayne, he's planning on putting his rap career on hold to start a rock band.
Speaking of his current lack of interest in rap, Cudi told MTV [via New York Magazine], "I don't get any fulfillment out of it [rapping] anymore."
Citing his recent collaborations with Kanye West as the source of this realization, he said, "I'm just not gonna be rapping on Ye records and getting bodied all the time. I'm more passionate when he's like, 'Yo, Cudi, come up with a hook.' Cause he asks me to put verses down, but I'll try to procrastinate or disappear or something. I just really get more fulfillment out of singing now."
Now that Cudi is tiring of the rap game, he's begun planning a crossover into rock. "I'm teaching myself the guitar, that's my newfound love. I never thought that I could play an instrument. Picked it up, surprised myself."
Just two-and-a-half months since starting to learn guitar, he's already begun working on a rock album. His band will be called Wizard, he says, and producer Dot Da Genius is on board.
Skepticism aside, it's possible that Cudi's rock album might work out better than Lil Wayne's oft-maligned Rebirth. Just check out the recent video for "Erase Me" below, which shows the MC dressed up as Jimi Hendrix, singing over a chugging bass line and distorted guitars.