Cudi reveals “Balmain Jeans” short film

Yesterday, I posted on Kid Cudi‘s other film news — he’s set to act in and score the upcoming indie film James White. Concurrently, Cudi tweeted this news about his upcoming Satellite Flight passion project: a short film for the acclaimed “Balmain Jeans”.

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Now that is a concept that’ll definitely work on this song about relationship and sexual chemistry. Cudi not only revealed the details, but said he’ll be writing and directing the treatment. I can imagine this turning out great. In case you’ve been sleeping, here’s the song off my favorite album to drop so far in 2014.

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Stream: Kid Cudi ‘Satellite Flight’

Kid Cudi dropped the surprise on us last week and now, 7 days later, Spotify catches up and puts Satellite Flight: Journey to Mother Moon up for free streaming. This is simply a post to further push you to partake — perhaps Cudi’s best complete work since his Man on the Moon debut. To me, the short, 10 track opus easily plays like a movie — including 4 instrumentals that are like movies themselves (“Return of the Moon Man” — my favorite, and current pump up go-to).

My other top-tier songs of the album: “Too Bad I Have To Destroy You Now”, “Internal Bleeding”, and “Balmain Jeans” with Raphael Saadiq being the perfect lone feature. Tune in, it’s out in the lead as my favorite album of 2014.

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All the Kid Cudi ‘Satellite Flight’ coverage

Kid Cudi Mural in Brooklyn

Street art murals are always wonders to look at, but not always a direct advertisement for a product. When you do see one like that though, and resonate with the advertised product, it was a greater effect than most other forms of advertising. This new art mural for Kid Cudi’s Satellite Flight album this week is one I resonate with, and that was before Cudi shared the sentimental value of its location…

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Very Cool.

ICYMI: Kid Cudi talks new album, sobriety, shares Kanye West feature stories, more | The album is available now!

Kid Cudi talks new album, sobriety, more

Cudi interviews, especially this revealing, are few and far between. Fortunately, and coming with perfect timing, Cud sits down with his Complex pal Joe La Puma for a real-time reflection on his surprise album release just a couple nights ago. But that’s not all: Cudi reveals that he has been sober since going on tour last fall and that Satellite Flight is the first album he’s created completely sober.

Other highlights include Cudi’s detailed discussion of “pulling a Beyonce” for the album’s release, the experimenting and freedom in crafting the album, more on feeling happy being sober and how that’s affected his work, being inspired by Hit-Boy to rap again, feeling alone in the industry (and exposing some of the fakeness he’s experienced — a recurring theme throughout the interview), specific songs on ‘Satellite Flight’, and stories that explain the image of his latest features with Kanye West and the “studio session” with Justin Bieber.

That’s just the summation of the topics in this in-depth read. It’s a must for Cudi fans — really another reminder why we are fans because Cudi just breaks it down 100% real, and it’s all coming from a healthy, level-headed place. Plus, it’s a testament to good journalism as Cudi’s longtime working relationship with La Puma clearly made for an open conversation. Props all around. Here’s the link for the full interview and just a small sampling of quotes below that may further reel you in.

Deciding on 4 instrumentals for the album:

Experimenting. That’s the fun part. I get a lot of joy from being able to have that freedom. It’s never too nerve-wracking either.

On his latest Kanye West features:

Then I started thinking about it more. It was like, Why not call me and have me come in there and give it? Why underuse me? Why put four bars of vocals to coax my fans into thinking this is a legitimate Kid Cudi feature on this song and it isn’t? Same deal with the G.O.O.D. Music album, the compilation. Had I not given Kanye “Creepers” my only presence would’ve been on that one song, that I can’t even remember the title for. [“The Morning” —Ed.] I would’ve barely been on that album.

Reflecting on the journey:

But this industry made me crazy, corrupted my mind a bit. That helped to create this project to get my sound back, to get my subject matter back, to get my confidence as an artist and just discover who I am. And get my mind on the right track, the right track to inner peace and happiness.

Read the Kid Cudi Complex Interview in full here.

ICYMI: Kid Cudi’s new album, Satellite Flight: Journey to Mother Moon

Kid Cudi new album out now

Kid Cudi‘s surprise album release is TONIGHT!

Satellite Flight: The Journey to Mother Moon is out now and you can buy the iTunes only release here 

Note: The iTunes date (scroll below) says April 29th — that’s actually when the physical copies of the album will be released, which will also be the actual explicit version + a bonus track or two.

Last month, Cudi said his Journey to Mother Moon EP was now an album and that it would be out next month (February) and today is that day. We only saw the album art and tracklist last week and a couple of previously released tracks. I was literally thinking today when I was posting Cud’s Reddit AMA that the album has to drop any day now. Super happy it’s today as Satellite Flight was easily the album I was most looking forward to in this first quarter of 2014. Alas, time to press play.

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