For months Ive been referring to Ohio artist Kid Cudi as "Kid Coo-di"... damn Aussie-vernacular - all 'U' sounds become "ooh"
Since Cudi (pron. like "cut" for the Aussies in the audience) released his Day N Night 12" a few months back the world has been going a little insane for his wonderfully crafted lyrical rap. The thing I love about him (apart from his tunes and the fact that he is GORGEOUS of course) is that he has this aura of fame and status, and hasn't even released an album yet! And good on him, I say. Rather than proving himself within the industry, he knows he's good and doesn't feel he needs to convince anyone of it.
Check out the promo video for his latest mix tape A Kid Named Cudi at the Fools Gold Blog - it should be dropping in the next few weeks (but if you search beyond movestill you'll find singles and previews all over the net)
There is also a short feature of Kid in the most recent issue of The Fader
And while I'm here I have to say (despite my love of her work in Stiffed and as Santogold) I am tired of Santi White claiming music journos are "racist" for comparing her stuff to R&B records. Surely the hip hop references stem from her involvement with Switch, Disco D, Spankrock and Diplo? And, perhaps, the fact that there ARE notes of r&b through the record... Shes probably joking, well I hope she is anyway!