Kid Cudi Announces Retirement Before Releasing Debut
Cleveland born rapper Kid Cudi is already talking retirement and his first album hasn't even dropped yet. In a recent blog entry, the rapper, who is signed to Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music label, said that the politics of the music industry are just not worth it.
"After the release of my first LP this summer, I am not making any more solo albums. I am falling back on being an artist," he wrote. "The drama that comes with it is more overwhelming than the sh-- I was dealing with when I was piss poor broke."
Cudi gained a steady following after the release of his mixtape 'A Kid Named Cudi.' His underground buzz caught the ear of West who later signed him. Cudi also made an appearance on the Chicago rapper's '808's &Heartbreak' album. But despite his growing popularity, the music industry just isn't doing it for the 24-year-old.
"I don't look at is as quitting. I have already accomplished my goal. I have a solid fan base who truly [appreciate] me and my message through song," he wrote. "I can pay my mom's mortgage and help my sister with my niece and hold my brothers down with whatever they need. That's what I got in this game for, to accomplish all these goals and I have no regrets."
After hanging up the mic, Cudi will focus on acting. This August he will begin shooting the HBO pilot 'How To Make It In America,' a comedy about three 20-something hustlers in New York.
Cudi is set to release his debut full length 'Man on the Moon: The Guardians' this summer.