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.