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Rising alternative hip-hop artist Kid Cudi to headline UPB Fall Concert

Adam Spektor

Issue date: 9/25/09 Section: Focus
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Despite initial doubts of his availability, the University Program Board was able to secure Kid Cudi for their Fall Concert, hot on the release of his album, Man on the Moon: The End of Day.
Despite initial doubts of his availability, the University Program Board was able to secure Kid Cudi for their Fall Concert, hot on the release of his album, Man on the Moon: The End of Day.
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Last Wednesday, despite stellar performances from Spot Night bands The Neon Tongues and The Antlers, one question unified that night's concertgoers, one whose answer's eventual declaration would provide further incentive for the crowd to stay through the whole show: who will headline this year's fall concert? Barely able to contain himself, UPB Concert Committee co-chair Mallory Factor announced to the anxious crowd that young alternative hip-hop artist Kid Cudi would be performing at the University Program Board's fall concert.

Kid Cudi, given name Scott Ramon Segring Mescudi, was born and raised in Shaker Heights, and his inherent Cleveland connections should provide a personal touch to the event. After dropping out of the University of Toledo, he moved to Brooklyn, hoping to launch a career influenced by classic hip- hop acts like A Tribe Called Quest. In 2008, he released the mixtape,

A Kid Named Cudi, which sampled artists as diverse as J Dilla, Band of Horses ,and Paul Simon, and featured his breakthrough single "Day 'N' Nite," which made it to number three on the U.S. Billboard 100 and number two on the UK Singles Chart.

The single gave Kid Cudi exposure that quickly catapulted the young artist to the hip-hop A-list, landing him a guest spot on Kanye West's "Welcome to Heartbreak." "Day 'n' Nite" has carried over to Kid Cudi's first proper full-length album, Man on the Moon: The End of Day, released on September 15.

The album immediately rose to number four on the Billboard album charts and earned favorable reviews from many critics, including an A- from Entertainment Weekly and four out of four stars from USA Today. It is a surprisingly ambitious work, as it is divided into five acts, uses samples from Lady Gaga and Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, and features Kanye West, Common, and fellow CWRU guests MGMT, among others.
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