News: Kid Cudi Takes Swizz Beats & Just Blaze To "The Moon"

Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 10:00AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

G.O.O.D. Music artist Scott "Kid Cudi" Mescudi has recruited Swizz Beatz, Just Blaze, Ryan Leslie and more for his debut album Man on the Moon: The Guardian.

Scheduled to drop this August, Cudi is reportedly recording tracks with a star-studded line up of music acts.

Cudi currently has been in the studio with Travis Barker, Ryan Leslie, will.i.am, Swizz Beatz and Just Blaze in a bid to finish his debut album. Cudi's project will likely feature production from labelhead boss Kanye West. The record, which will include hit single "Day 'N' Nite", is said to be put forward for purchase across America on August 25. (Ace Showbiz)

The rapper was officially signed to Universal Motown earlier this month, joining forces with labelmates Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes.

"Kid Cudi is at the vanguard of a game-changing new generation of artists," Universal Motown President Sylvia Rhone said in a statement. "He crosses musical boundaries with an appeal that goes beyond genre, format, race, language, and culture. Cudi lives easily in the hip-hop, indie rock, pop, and R&B worlds...He is a breath of fresh air - a dynamic and important new voice, not only in the next phase of hip-hop, but as a groundbreaking trendsetter who represents the future. I am thrilled to welcome Kid Cudi into the Universal Motown family." (Statement)

He is currently billed to perform alongside Weezy in London this summer.

Adding a second performance to his touring plans after his first July 6th show reportedly sold-out for London's HMV Hammersmith Apollo venue, Wayne is now slated to perform the following day, July 7th, at the popular location with Kid Cudi billed for the first showcase. (Ticketmaster)

Cudi will also hit the stage alongside hip-hop newcomer Asher Roth in June for The Roots' Picnic festival.

TV On The Radio, Public Enemy, Asher Roth, Kid Cudi, the Black Keys and Santigold are among the acts handpicked by The Roots to play the band's second annual hometown "Roots Picnic" on June 6 at Festival Pier in Philadelphia. Public Enemy will perform the classic album "It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back" in its entirety backed by The Roots and Brooklyn-based Afrobeat band Antibalas. The Roots will also play two sets, opening and closing the festivities. The Roots Picnic runs from 2:00 pm to 11:00 pm. (Billboard)

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