Kid Cudi Talks With John David Washington For Our Winter 2020 Issue

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Speaking to John David Washington, Kid Cudi reflects on the expansive world he's built across music and film, and how he's still growing within it.
KID CUDI

Speaking to John David Washington, he reflects on the expansive world he's built across music and film, and how he's still growing within it.

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Coat by WHO DECIDES WAR, denim by GCDS and talent's own jewellery.

Taken from the Winter 2020 issue. Pre-order your copy now. 11 years ago, the world was formally introduced to Kid Cudi with his debut album, Man on the Moon: The End of Day. While there was already a buzz building around him — both for his first mixtape A Kid Named Cudi and his work on Kanye West's 808s & Heartbreak — no one had foretold the disruptive impact the record would have. Living up to its grandiose title, Man on the Moon established Scott Mescudi's own psychedelic space in the music industry and, retrospectively, reshaped the perimeters of rap. Merging haunting melodies with trippy samples and experimental production, Mescudi's sound was innovative and immersive, challenging the standard of hip-hop that had dominated the 00s. Lyrically he pushed boundaries too, with unfiltered introspection that dealt honestly, but optimistically, with themes from isolation and alienation to insecurity and rage. After kickstarting the decade with follow-up album Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager, over the past 10 years we've got to know Mescudi as a multifaceted artist outside of his output as Kid Cudi. Musically, he's evolved his sound across a number of records and joined forces with friends and collaborators, forming rock-leaning band WZRD with Dot da Genius in 2010, Kids See Ghosts with Kanye West in 2018 and THE SCOTTS with Travis Scott this year — whose eponymous debut track gave the artist his first No. 1 single.

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