Kid Cudi Forms A Band, Says He’s “Over Rapping”

Though Kid Cudi was celebrating the impending release of his sophomore album, Man On The Moon II: The Legend Of Mr. Rager, at his listening party in New York last night, he had his mind on the future. Namely, giving up the rap game to become a rock star. Cudder announced his plans to record a rock album with a newly formed band called Wizards.

The “unfuckwittable” (his words) artist is working with Dot da Genius, who produced his hit “Day N Nite”, and the group has already written three songs together.

“We’re starting to record on the tour bus,” he tells Rap-Up. “We’ll be doing college runs.” Cudder, who will be the band’s frontman, will also play lead guitars, despite the fact he’s still learning how to play. “I never thought I could play an instrument,” he said. “I always downplayed that shit… It was like learning how to read sheet music. Fuck that! That’s like learning how to read again!”

Here is he talking about his new band to MTV, and why he’s no longer interested in rapping:

“I’m just over rapping. I don’t get any fulfillment out of it anymore,” he says. “That’s why you don’t ever hear me on Kanye joints like that… 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. I’m teaching myself the guitar, that’s my new found love.”

We’re intrigued, but dubious. We’re usually always impressed by Cudi’s creative decisions, and we can respect a risk-taker. Plus, we’d refer to Cudi as a rapper without hesitation, but it could be argued that all his rapping is really talk-singing, so thinking of him as the lead singer of a band doesn’t feel out of place to us.

On the other hand, do we really want to hear a rock album featuring a guitar player who is still teaching himself guitar?

What do you think – is this just a phase, or is he done rapping for good? He’ll have to be okay spitting rhymes for awhile, since his album hasn’t even dropped yet and you can be sure he’ll be promoting it with live performances for quite some time.

  • Kyle

    This is the dumbest thing ever.

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  • Ryan

    well if you listen to alot of his stuff its already rock hes got alot of guitar and heavy rock bass and drums in erase me and in the pursuit of happiness theirs even a guitar solo so i dont think its an unusual thing that he picked up guitar but seriously take some time to learn to play before you record an album

  • Ryan

    I think this will be like Lil Wayne’s rock album.

    • Mark

      I think it will be just like that Wayne album, but i don’t EVER want to see that happen, not to Cudi. But maybe it wont be that bad, but seriously how can you take…the Cudi genre of rap and force it into what seems like developing teen years…and try to Do “rock” like dude iv been a fan since the first mix came out and to me this is kind of disappointing.

  • Someone

    It may be a little weird but I believe he can do it. Hid interest in music is very diverse. He’s always wearing band shirts like Pink Floyd and even Anthrax which is a thrash metal band. I think he knows a lot more about the genre of rock than most of you think. With dedication and passion he will most likely perfect playing the guitar. As far as singing in not too sure if his voice will fit the rock scene but he can always change his vocal ranges up.

  • Autumn

    So, personally I think KiD CuDi could pull it off. He has already put a little bit of rock and bass into his previous albums. There has been guitar in his songs. Pursuit of hapiness has a guitar solo. KiD CuDi raps, but his music is on a whole different level. I’m a legit CuDi fan, I will follow him through all music he decides to put out.

  • reilly

    i love cudi no matter what he sings<3

  • Max

    I think Cudi should do it if that’s what he wants. He’s not stupid, he’s a good artist. Now about him starting a rock band when he has only been learning for a few months. I think if he has grasped the main concept and can make it sounds good, then go for it. I’d say go for it anyways if thats what he wants to do.

  • Arider91

    I agree with id pretty dumb.. im thinking that when hes done with his little project.. even though he says its not a side gig or anything.. i think hes gonna realize that he sucks as rock star and is unbelievably AMAZING at being a rapper… hes gonna come back to rapping… im going to support him all the way though

  • anthony

    cudi you are a great rapper you changed my life completly when i heard your song pleaswe dont leave rap .but ill support you and i think you lines are better then kanye west song

  • Joel

    hes a mediocre rapper.. he sings all the time so it makes sense for him to have an actual band

  • Jacob

    Hes a musical genius and just ahead of his time. Hes my favorite artist and will always be.