A Kid Named Cudi

A Kid Named Cudi is the debut mixtape by American rapper Kid Cudi, released by New York City street wear brand 10.Deep, in conjunction with independent record label Fool's Gold Records on July 17, 2008.[2][3][4] The mixtape marked Cudi's first official release.

A Kid Named Cudi
Mixtape by
ReleasedJuly 17, 2008
Kid Cudi chronology
A Kid Named Cudi
Man on the Moon: The End of Day
Singles from A Kid Named Cudi
  1. "Day 'n' Nite"
    Released: February 5, 2008

Production was handled by Plain Pat and Emile; samples range from the likes of Outkast to Paul Simon and N.E.R.D to Band of Horses. The mixtape allowed a new progression of Kid Cudi with the release catching the eye of Kanye West, founder of GOOD Music. Cudi would ultimately be signed to GOOD Music later that year. Notably the album contains the song "Day 'n' Nite", Kid Cudi's commercial debut single, which reached number three on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.


  • Rapreviews wrote: "We've already learned from Lil Wayne and Kanye West that the public is willing to embrace the martian—if accordingly entertaining. Fortunately, Kid Cudi isn't short in that respect, and will no doubt only improve upon his stellar debut given proper management and artistic liberation."[5]
  • Pinpoint Music wrote "A Kid Named Cudi blends styles, beats and even genres. From a Mims-esque 'This Is Why I'm Hot' beat in the single 'Day ‘N’ Night', to the slowed down tracks 'Man on the Moon' and '50 Ways to Make a Record' that will remind you of something by Gym Class Heroes. Heavy-hitting tracks 'T.G.I.F.' and 'Cleveland Is the Reason' finish the mixtape strong with clear influences from Mr. West on both tracks."[6]
  • Ian A. of Teen Ink wrote "His work has changed my persona on rap music greatly. Everyone out there who thinks rap is stupid, just listen to some of Kid Cudi’s music and hopefully you will change your mind."[7]
  • In a 2013 article for The BoomBox, the author wrote: "On [A Kid Named Cudi], Cudi raps and croons over samples and interpolations of Gnarls Barkley, Paul Simon, Band of Horses, J Dilla, Nosaj Thing, N.E.R.D. and Outkast. He melded indie rock, electronica and dubstep seamlessly with hip-hop without pandering or reaching. Before Drake broke through with 2009’s So Far Gone, rapping and singing over Swedish indie poppers Lykke Li and Peter Bjorn and John, Cudi tweaked with multi-genre covers and seamless transitions between singing and rapping."[8]


In 2021, Cudi revealed plans to upload the mixtape on to streaming services in the US.[9] The early 2020s saw several mixtapes from the late 2000s be reissued on platforms such as Spotify and Apple Music, including Cudi's Republic Records label-mates Lil Wayne with No Ceilings and Nicki Minaj with Beam Me Up Scotty.[10] In January 2022, Cudi gave an update on the process citing sample clearance issues.[11] On March 9, 2022, during a performance on Encore, the virtual concert app Cudi launched earlier in February, Cudi announced that the mixtape would be coming to streaming platforms “very soon” and would also receive a vinyl release.[12]

Track listingEdit

1."Intro"Plain Pat & Emile0:50
2."Down & Out"OutKast4:09
3."Is There Any Love?" (featuring Wale)Emile Haynie3:31
4."CuDi Get"J Dilla2:20
5."Man on the Moon (The Anthem)"Nosaj Thing3:27
6."The Prayer"Plain Pat3:39
7."Day 'n' Nite"Dot da Genius2:48
8."Embrace the Martian"Crookers3:26
9."Maui Wowie"Grind Mode2:24
10."50 Ways to Make a Record"Plain Pat & Emile2:55
11."Whenever"André 30002:04
12."Pillow Talk"Bernard Jackson3:24
13."Save My Soul (The CuDi Confession)"Danger Mouse2:03
14."T.G.I.F." (featuring Chip tha Ripper)The Kickdrums2:23
15."CuDi Spazzin'"The Neptunes3:06
16."Cleveland Is the Reason"Dot da Genius3:46
17."Heaven at Nite"Ratatat3:17
Sample credits


Credits for A Kid Named Cudi adapted from AllMusic.[13]

  • Chip tha Ripper – featured artist
  • Crookers – producer
  • Dot da Genius – engineer, mixing, producer
  • Emile Haynie – engineer, executive producer, keyboards, producer, synthesizer
  • The Kickdrums – Producer
  • Kid Cudi – vocals, art direction, design, director, executive producer
  • Patrick "Plain Pat" Reynolds – executive producer
  • Wale – featured artist


  1. ^ ""A Kid Named Cudi" Mixtape Trailer". 15 May 2008.
  2. ^ "A Kid Named Cudi – Kid Cudi". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved September 21, 2012.
  3. ^ Shamz (July 17, 2008). "A Kid Named Cudi (Mixtape), Free Download". Okayplayer. Retrieved September 21, 2012.
  4. ^ "Revisiting A Kid Named Cudi". The Boombox. Retrieved 2018-08-11.
  5. ^ "Kid CuDi :: A KiD Named CuDi :: 10.Deep". www.rapreviews.com. Retrieved 6 July 2017.
  6. ^ "Kid CuDi :: A KiD Named CuDi – RapReviews".
  7. ^ "A Kid Named Cudi/The Prayer by Kid Cudi - Teen Music Review of rap/hip-hop". www.teenink.com. Retrieved 6 July 2017.
  8. ^ boombox-staff (29 August 2013). "Revisiting A Kid Named Cudi". The Boombox.
  9. ^ "Kid Cudi Announces "A Kid Named Cudi" is Being Added to Streaming Services". HNHH. 15 March 2021.
  10. ^ "Another Lil Wayne Mixtape is Coming to Streaming Platforms in January". Billboard. 10 November 2021.
  11. ^ @KidCudi (7 January 2022). "Workin on it!! Havin some issues w clearances. Im on it tho brother!!" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  12. ^ "Kid Cudi's 'A Kid Named Cudi' is Coming to Streaming Services "Very Soon"". 9 March 2022.
  13. ^ "A Kid Named Cudi - Kid Cudi - Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 6 July 2017.

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