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Our March Playlist - Check Out The Best Songs Off The Best Albums This Month

March 31st, 2014 7:00pm EDT
Beck - Morning Phase
March was a rich month for music releases. After listening and reviewing multiple albums, it is always fun to pick out one big time standout. Sometimes it is a difficult choice, while other times it’s the only choice (particularly on a sub-par album). After looking back through my late-February and March reviews, I’ve compiled a playlist of one favorite from each album.



From the album Morning Phase

Note: Morning Phase was a late February release that wasn’t reviewed until March.

Folks, Beck is the man. Morning Phase was yet another stacked album from the hipster w...

Ranking Kid Cudi’s Albums From 2009 – 2014

March 11th, 2014 8:45pm EDT
Kid Cudi
Kid Cudi is one of the most unique artists of recent times. He’s classified as a rapper, but he’s definitely from the left-field breed. Ultimately, Scott Mescudi is incredibly eclectic, and for hardcore fans, they wouldn’t have the artist without his eclectic spirit. Over the course of five years, the Kid has managed to release four studio albums (a fifth as part of WZRD). All four are quite captivating in their own way but let’s face it – they can always be ranked by level of importance, quality, and creativity. Coincidently, personally, I rank Cudi’s four albums in the order they wer...

Review: Kid Cudi, ‘Satellite Flight: Journey to Mother Moon’ - Both Creative and Off-Putting

March 8th, 2014 10:00am EST
Review: Kid Cudi, ‘Satellite Flight: Journey to Mother Moon’ - B
Kid Cudi • Satellite Flight: Journey to Mother Moon • Republic • US Release Date: February 25, 2014

Describing Kid Cudi as merely “one of a kind” might be the biggest understatement ever…change that – it is the biggest understatement ever. Album release by album release, the left-field/alternative rapper (or singer or both) continues to deliver music that is, well, completely different from everybody and everything else out there. Kid Cudi’s surprise fourth album, Satellite Flight: Journey to Mother Moon, is no different from previous Cudi albums in regards to the fact that the artist is...

Kid Cudi Creates Beck's Beer's New Label

June 24th, 2013 2:48pm EDT
Kid Cudi
Kid Cudi has turned artist to design a German beer company's latest label.

The 29 year-old rapper teamed up with bosses at Beck's brewery to create a piece of artwork which will be printed on the range's 12-ounce bottles throughout the summer.

Real name Scott Mescudi, says, "I haven't really done any design work outside of my albums (covers), so I took this opportunity to kind of tap into my creative side and do something cool, you know, that was another expression of me."

His label features a simplified image of the solar system and Mescudi admits the project helped him get back in t...

Kanye West Premieres His New Film 'Cruel Summer' At Cannes

May 24th, 2012 9:39am EDT
Kayne West
Kanye West took over the Cannes Film Festival in France on Wednesday night by screening his new movie at a pop-up pyramid in a parking lot.

The rapper turned director, writer and producer to make Cruel Summer, featuring fellow hip-hop star Kid Cudi, and he chose the famous French film event to show off his work.

West, who has a small part in the movie, debuted the project in a pyramid-shaped tent with seven big screens all showing the film for guests including his girlfriend Kim Kardashian, who led a standing ovation after the screening finished, and his pal and collaborator Jay-Z.


Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Reuniting To Headline Rock The Bells Festival

May 16th, 2012 3:46pm EDT
Bone Thugs N Harmony
Rappers Bone Thugs-N-Harmony are putting their differences aside to reunite and belatedly mark their 20th anniversary at the Rock the Bells festival series this summer.

The Tha Crossroads hit-makers formed in 1991 as a five-piece, but the veteran rappers were reduced to a trio early last year when both Wish Bone and Krayzie Bone walked out of the group to pursue solo endeavors.

Now Krayzie Bone, Wish Bone, Layzie Bone, Bizzy Bone and Flesh-n-Bone are planning to celebrate their career longevity by coming together to headline the 2012 Rock the Bells hip-hop concerts. They will perform t...

'The Voice' Recap: Live Semi-Final Eliminations Find The Final Four

May 2nd, 2012 12:20pm EDT
The Voice Semi-Finals
Some familiar faces joined the new during The Voice’s semi-final eliminations. Host Carson Daly welcomed special guests including Dia Frampton, Beverly McClellan, Vicci Martinez and Javier Colon, all of whom were last year's finalists.

The eight hopefuls, Tony Lucca, Erin Willett, Chris Mann, Jamar Rogers, Jermaine Paul, Katrina Parker, Lindsey Pavao, and Juliet Simms, battled it out on Monday’s episode, and discovered tonight what the coach judges and America thought of their efforts.

The process is a little complicated, involving 100 points for each coach to split between their team mem...

Kid Cudi Trashes Stage Down Under?

January 23rd, 2012 3:39pm EST
Kid Cudi
Rapper Kid Cudi reportedly flew into a rage and knocked over stage equipment at an Australian music festival after organizers cut short his headline set due to time restrictions.

The Day 'N Nite hit-maker was the closing act at The Heatwave Music Festival in Melbourne on Sunday, but the event descended into chaos when he was ordered to call time on his show just halfway through his set list, according to Aussie website

The first acts of the day had been billed to hit the stage at 2.30pm, but reports suggest bad organization resulted in the event kicking off three hours ...

Kanye West Is The 'Most Stylish Celebrity Of 2011'

December 30th, 2011 11:00am EST
Kanye West
Hip-hop superstar Kanye West has been named the "Most Stylish Celebrity of 2011."

The fashion-forward hitmaker beat his rap collaborator Kid Cudi to take the title in the Complex magazine poll, followed by actor Ryan Gosling at three.

The top five picks are rounded out by rap newcomer A$AP Rocky and superproducer Pharrell Williams in fourth and fifth place, respectively.

Others to make it on the "25 Most Stylish Celebrities of 2011" list include: Rick Ross (8), Jay-Z (10), Justin Bieber (14), Justin Timberlake (16), Swizz Beatz (19), Joseph Gordon-Levitt and a slimmed-down Jonah Hill (22...

Shia LaBeouf Directs Kid Cudi's 'Marijuana' Video

June 2nd, 2011 11:47am EDT
Shia LaBeouf
Transformers star Shia LaBeouf has stepped behind the camera to direct the video for Kid Cudi's controversial new song Marijuana.

The actor shot and edited the promo for the rapper's upcoming single, which is all about pot.

The video, which is filmed on a home camera, shows Kid Cudi puffing on spliffs backstage at a concert and at a house party in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, where smoking cannabis is decriminalized.

The Day 'N Nite hit-maker has long been on a mission to work with the actor, previously saying, "I feel like I'm doing the Shia Labeouf in music."

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Kanye West To Release Another New Solo Album This Summer

January 24th, 2011 9:35pm EST
Kanye West
Rapper Kanye West is preparing to release a new solo album this summer, just months after wowing critics with "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy."

The "Stronger" hitmaker's fifth release was named the album of 2010 in a string of end-of-year polls.

West has been recording a joint project, called "Watch The Throne," with his hip-hop pal Jay-Z and the disc is due to hit retailers in March.

But the prolific star isn't stopping there - he has been hard at work on new material for his next solo album.

In a series of posts on his blog, he writes, "I'll be back this SUMMER!!!!!!!!!...

Who Had The Best Album Of 2010?

December 24th, 2010 4:00pm EST
Kanye west
Kanye West's "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" has topped another important end-of-year albums poll after landing the honor from Spin magazine's editors.

The acclaimed album was named the best of 2010 ahead of Deerhunter's "Halcyon Digest" and "The Suburbs" by Arcade Fire.

LCD Soundsystem's "This is Happening" and Jamey Johnson's "The Guitar Song" round out the Spin top five, while albums from M.I.A., Kid Cudi, Janelle Monae, Grinderman and Robyn make the top 10.

Susan Boyle's 'Gift' Tops Album Charts

November 18th, 2010 8:20am EST
Susan Boyle
Scottish singing sensation Susan Boyle has returned to the top of the U.S. album charts with a "Gift."

The hitmaker has debuted her new album at number one with 318,000 sales.

Meanwhile, Darren Criss' "Glee" cover of Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" is expected to take over at the top of the Billboard singles chart on Thursday - thanks mainly to 214,000 digital sales.

Back to the new album countdown, and Taylor Swift's "Speak Now" drops to two with 212,000 in its third week of sales and Kid Cudi debuts "Man on The Moon II" at three.

Hits compilation "Now 36" enters the new chart at four and...

Kid Cudi Gets Community Service

September 27th, 2010 3:37pm EDT
Kid Cudi
Rapper Kid Cudi has been sentenced to two days' community service after pleading guilty to drug possession.

The Day 'N Nite hit-maker, real name Scott Mescudi, was arrested in New York in June after allegedly smashing an ex-girlfriend's cell phone and breaking the door of her apartment off its hinges. He was charged with criminal mischief and possession of a controlled substance after cops found a drug believed to be liquid cocaine on his person.

Cudi entered his plea during a court hearing on Friday and was ordered to undertake the brief community service. He has also been told to sta...

Kid Cudi Is A Dad

September 20th, 2010 4:00pm EDT
Kid Cudi
Rapper Kid Cudi is a first-time father - he welcomed a baby girl into the world earlier this year.

The Day 'N Nite hit-maker, real name Scott Mescudi, makes the revelation in a candid new Complex magazine interview, in which he also reveals the extent of his reliance on hard drugs to deal with the pressures of fame.

He tells the publication, "I started doing cocaine to get through interviews, 'cause people wanted to know a lot about my personal life and I wasn't prepared for a 60 Minutes interview every time. Doing bumps I was able to get through the day, but then I would smoke weed to ...

Kid Cudi: 'I Just Smoke Weed'

July 22nd, 2010 2:33pm EDT
Kid Cudi
Rapper Kid Cudi has quit hard drugs following his arrest last month for possession of a controlled substance.

The Day 'N Nite hitmaker, real name Scott Mescudi, was taken into custody in June after allegedly smashing a woman's cellphone and breaking the door of her apartment off its hinges. Cops found a glass bottle of a controlled substance at the scene and he was charged with the drug count, in addition to felony criminal mischief. Reports suggested the substance was liquid cocaine.

Cudi addressed the controversy during a concert in Brooklyn, New York on Tuesday when he spoke out to c...

Kid Cudi Arrested In New York City

June 12th, 2010 4:23pm EDT
Kid Cudi
Rapper Kid Cudi has been arrested in New York and charged with felony criminal mischief and possession of a controlled substance.

The 24 year old smashed a woman's cellphone and broke the door of her apartment off its hinges, according to

Cops found a glass bottle of a controlled substance at the scene.

Further details of the incident and the arrest were not available as WENN went to press.

Amanda Bynes Wants Kids After She's 30

February 16th, 2010 6:00pm EST
Amanda Bynes Wants Kids After She
Amanda Bynes is refusing to have children until she is in her thirties - because motherhood will take up all her time. The 23-year-old Hairspray star, who has previously brushed off reports she's dating rappers Drake and Kid Cudi, is single after she was dumped last week by a mystery man.

And Bynes is adamant she has a few more years before she considers raising a baby, even if she finds the perfect man to settle down with.

Taking to her page, she writes, "I want to be a mom but not til I'm 30 and even if I get married b4 (before) then I still want to wait to have kids t...

Bryan Greenberg On HBO's New Comedy 'How To Make It In America'

February 12th, 2010 3:38pm EST
HBO might be billing their new original series, How To Make It In America a comedy, but just like it's star Bryan Greenberg's last HBO show, Unscripted, there are elements that are much more melancholy than laugh out loud funny. Greenberg himself calls his new role of Ben Epstein, struggling graphic designer, "a very complicated guy, and he has a lot of demons."

When we first meet Ben, he has just broken up with a girl (Lake Bell) on whom he is still pretty hung up; he is working a dead-end job as a floor salesman at a department store; and he is in debt with a loan from a guy who just ...

Kid Cudi Apologizes For Concert Punch

February 11th, 2010 4:00pm EST
Kid Cudi Apologizes For Concert Punch
Kid Cudi has apologized to a fan for punching him in the head during a concert in Canada in December - reportedly blaming his bad behavior on booze. The rapper - real name Scott Mescudi - was performing at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver when an audience member threw a wallet on stage.

Cudi threw it back but it landed at his feet again, prompting the fuming star to leap down into the crowd and aim a punch at Michael Sharpe. Sharpe later claimed he only threw the item onstage because it didn't belong to him. He refused to press charges over the incident and has now received a telepho...

Susan Boyle Hotter Than Rihanna & Lady Gaga? Pussycat Dolls Set To Split, More

December 1st, 2009 10:44am EST
Susan Boyle Hotter Than Rihanna & Lady Gaga
Weekly Music News: Thanksgiving has passed and now it is time to make room for Christmas. While we get ready to bid farewell to yet another year, rapper Lil Wayne is saying hello to another child, congrats. Chris Brown's 20/20 interview, Mariah Carey's new album and Susan Boyle's triumph over Rihanna and Lady Gaga round's out this week's music news.

Chris Brown will appear on 20/20 December 11

Chris Brown is set to appear in yet another interview to discuss his physical altercation with ex-girlfriend Rihanna. Here's why it's interesting, Chris Brown made a promise that he would not be...

DJ A.M., Jay-Z & 93 Exclusive Mixes All Featured In 'DJ Hero'; Win It!

October 15th, 2009 6:30pm EDT
DJ Hero song list
Hailed in the press as one of the most fun, innovative and highly-anticipated games of the year, Activision Publishing Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) recently dropped the needle on DJ Hero's full set list featuring 93 exclusive mixes from the biggest stars in hip hop, R&B, rock, pop and dance and created by some of the greatest DJs of all time.

On October 27th, living room legends and budding superstar DJs alike will start the party off right with an unprecedented array of talent DJs including DJ A.M., Cut Chemist, Grandmaster Flash, DJ Jazzy Jeff, J. Period, DJ Shadow and DJ Z-Trip spinning trac...

The Fray's 'Never Say Never', Kid Cudi's Latest, Nerd Plays 'YYZ', Honeymoon Killers & More (Videos)

July 31st, 2009 1:20pm EDT
The Fray Never Say Never Video, Kid Cudi Make Her Say video, Gui
Today's videos in clude "Never Say Never", the new video from The Fray; Kid Cudi's new video for "Make Her Say", which features Kanye West and Common; YouTube sensation "Simon's Cat"; and a sexy Levis commercial. There's also a total dork ripping up Rush's "YYZ" on Guitar Hero, Check 'em all out!

The Fray recently released their self-titled second album. Check out the video for the single "Never Say Never", which is quickly gaining popularity:

"Never Say Never":

Kid Cudi's video for his second single, "Make Her Say" featuring Kanye West and Common. The video was shot earlie...

Video: The Black Eyed Peas' 'I Gotta Feeling'

June 5th, 2009 4:37pm EDT
Black Eyed Peas
Check out the official version* and premiere of the Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling" music video! No one parties like the Black Eyed Peas! Who else do you know that throws a soiree with beautiful people, glow in the dark body-paint, a cameo from Kid Cudi, and some good ol' fashion nakedness? Check out the party you wish you were at in the brand new video for BEP's "I Gotta Feeling".

Black Eyed Peas - "I Gotta Feeling" (Explicit Version - Brief Nudity)

Check out the Peas' video for "Boom Boom Pow" here!

The new Black Eyed Peas album, "The E.N.D. (En...

Kid Cudi Joins Universal Motown; Debut Due This Summer

May 14th, 2009 12:23am EDT
Kid Cudi
Kid Cudi, whose unique multi-format breakout hit single, "Day 'N' Nite" is a radio and digital smash, is joining the artist roster of Universal Motown, the label recently announced.

"Kid Cudi is at the vanguard of a game-changing new generation of artists," said Universal Motown President Sylvia Rhone. "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 – a diversity that shows in his innovative music and his all-embracing persona. He is a born storyteller who bring...

Interview: Snoop Dogg On The Set Of MTV's 'Dogg After Dark'

March 5th, 2009 3:04pm EST
Snoop Dogg
The President of MTV Networks recently described one superstar artist as "pushing the boundaries of hip-hop with his signature antics, incredible catalogue of music, legendary videos, larger than life personality and even a little controversy."

So, what's this particular artist's 'motherfu*king name'? Hint: He's slim with the tilted brim, frequently has his mind on his money (and yes, his money on his mind) and he's not afraid to drop it like it's hot.

In fact, it's these attributes that compel a group of reporters - yours truly among them - to the upscale Hollywood nightclub The ...