News: Kid Cudi Says Men & Record Labels Lie But Numbers Don't, "There Was A Method To My Madness"
Tuesday, Mar 13, 2012 2:00PM
G.O.O.D. Music's Kid Cudi recently reflected on proving his naysayers and record label, Universal Republic, wrong with an impressive opening week for his WZRD album, saying he knew the joint LP had potential to push out respectable numbers.
Although he realizes the album did not do monster sales, Cudder said he was most impressed by its ability to chart in the Top 5 last week.
"I think it definitely proves a point, that there was a method to my madness, that the kids are out there and they want the music. It's just like a that's-what-I-f---ing thought-type of thing," he said. "Not just to the label or whatever -- I'm not going to say the label had no faith in the project -- just kind of to the naysayers and people that didn't really believe in it. It's not Man on the Moon numbers, but, sh-- man, it's more than we thought. To debut at #3 on the charts, that's dope, that's some Man on the Moon sh--. I debuted #3 last album and #4 on the first album, so, you know, it's dope." (MTV)
A few days ago, Cudi defended his lashing out at Universal Republic over their undershipping of WZRD.
"We were really hoping to have more [promotion], but at this point, it's a dead issue," Cudi said in an interview. "The numbers kind of speak for themselves. It lets people know that I'm not out here taking crazy pills. When I get passionate about something, and people hear me kind of outraged, it's not coming from a place of me being irrational, or being difficult to work with. I believe in something I've created." (Billboard)
In late February, he pointed his finger at Universal Republic's poor album treatment.
"Ok so just a heads up, my weak a** label only shipped 55k physicals cuz they treated this like some indie side project tax right off. So i apologize on behalf of my weak a** major label. And I apologize for the lack of promo, again, my weak a** major label. They tried to rush me thru this so i can just give em another MOTM, but guess what? F*ck that, next album is WZRD. MOTM3 on hold til 2014. who mad??? not me and @DotDaGenius : ) So its def gonna be tough to find one in the stores guys, I'm sorry about that. I gotta go out and find one too, becuz my weak a** label never even gave us a copy of our own album. FAIL!!! Im lettin Universal Republic have it, f*ck it. What they gon' do, spank me?? hahahaha AND Teleport 2 Me, Jamie aint on the radio!!!! like helloooooooooo????? HIT HIT HIT!!! [sic]" (Kid Cudi's Twitter)
Last week, the LP debuted atop its competition at number three.
G.O.O.D. Music rapper Kid Cudi and producer Dot Da Genius' WZRD debuted on the chart this week at No. 3. With seven days in the books, the duo's new joint record has shelled out 66,100 units. (SOHH Sales Wrap)
Check out a recent Kid Cudi interview below: