Cudi was promoted as an artist to watch for in media such as Rolling Stone, Vibe, The Source, XXL and BBC News's 2009 Sound of poll.
In late 2008, Cudi was revealed to be included in XXL's 2009 annual Freshman Class.
Kid Cudi was a prominent songwriter and featured artist on 808s & Heartbreak, with "Paranoid" and "Heartless" being released as singles, while "Welcome to Heartbreak" charted as an album cut and peaked at number 87 on the Pop 100.
Kid Cudi's first television appearance was at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards, alongside Travis Barker and DJ AM.
, often stylized Ki D Cu Di), is an American recording artist and actor from Cleveland, Ohio.
Cudi first gained major recognition following the release of his first official full-length project, a mixtape titled A Kid Named Cudi (2008).
Cudi has since appeared in several feature films, including Goodbye World, Need for Speed and Entourage.
Cudi has since gone on to launch his own record label imprints, the now-dissolved Dream On and current independent label, Wicked Awesome Records.I remember working there my first couple of weeks in the same uniform cause I didn’t own anything prior to being hired.So it was a dream come true to be able to work at the store I dreamed of shopping in one day. If he wasn't there to let me stay with him those first few months, there would be no Kid Cudi.On February 25, 2009, Cudi self-leaked a teaser trailer for the upcoming Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen film, using his song "Sky Might Fall" in the background; later he posted that he made the trailer himself and was in talks to possibly making it official. Cudi teamed up with partner and record producer Emile Haynie, to produce an exclusive single titled "Switchin Lanes", for the video game Midnight Club: Los Angeles, part of its "South Central Premium Upgrade" downloadable content (DLC), which came out March 19, 2009, for the Play Station 3 and March 27, 2009, for the Xbox 360.In February 2009, Kid Cudi also made a cameo appearance next to Solange, in the video for her song "T. He has also appeared as a musical guest on the Late Show with David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel Live! In June 2009, he made a cameo in The Black Eyed Peas' video for "I Gotta Feeling", alongside David Guetta, where the two met for the first time and subsequently recorded their international hit "Memories".