Scott Mescudi, better known by his stage name Kid Cudi, is an American actor, Grammy Award winning musician and multi-platinum recording artist from Cleveland, Ohio. Cudi first debuted on the music scene in 2008, quickly catching the attention of Kanye West and rising to the top of the Billboard charts. His first studio album Man on the Moon: The End of Day received widespread industry praise and set the stage for his subsequent successful endeavors. Over the course of his musical career, Cudi has made exceptional contributions to the music industry and many prominent artists claim his discography as a significant source of stylistic inspiration. As of 2021, Cudi has released seven studio albums and has sold a combined 22 million records. His most recent album, Man on the Moon III: The Chosen was the final installment of his Man on the Moon trilogy of albums and released in December 2020.
In 2010, Cudi ventured into acting and starred in the critically acclaimed HBO comedy series How to Make it in America. From there, he went on to star in Josh Mond’s James White, Need for Speed (DreamWorks), Entourage (Warner Bros.) and Reed Morano’s Meadowland. He has appeared in HBO’s award-winning series Westworld and recently seen in the HBO limited series We Are Who We Are, created by Luca Guadagnino, the indie film Dreamland staring opposite Gary Oldman and in a supporting role in Bill & Ted Face the Music (MGM).
On the feature side, Cudi could most recently be seen in Adam McKay’s Don’t Look Up which also stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence. He will next be seen as one of the leads of A24’s X, written and directed by TI West and produced by Sam Levinson, and Disney+’s Crater, produced by 21 Laps.
Cudi’s Amazon documentary, A Man Named Scott, recently premiered to great reviews and highlights how he became one of the most influential musicians over the last 15 years shining a light on his influence on hip-hop and culture.
In 2020, Cudi founded the production and music management company, Mad Solar, backed by Bron Studios, which provides corporate back office and production support, including financing, marketing, and sales.
Mad Solar is also producing Cudi’s upcoming Netflix series Entergalactic in which he will create, write, executive produce and star. The adult animated series will showcase music from his next album and follow a young man on his journey to discover love.
To supplement his artistic projects and fuel his longtime interest in fashion, Cudi has notably partnered with Giuseppe Zanotti, Bape and Coach on multiple campaigns and innovative collaborations. Additionally, Cudi’s work as a mental health advocate has cemented his deeply rooted impact on pop culture.
Cudi is currently bi-coastal and resides in both Los Angeles and New York.