After hinting at retirement, Kid Cudi has been teasing his final album since last year. While the 39-year-old has held an acclaimed rap career since the release of "Day 'n' Nite" in 2007, he is bidding farewell to his experimental contributions to hip-hop with this upcoming project. Releasing later this year, Cudi has confirmed that the first track of this "powerful" album will drop on June 1st. On an Instagram live this Thursday (March 9), the Ohio native teased his ninth solo album further, noting how "y'all are going to fuck with this shit in such a major way and I'm so fucking excited."
Although Cudi's current work in the studio is fueled by his contractual obligations to Republic Records, he still has put his heart and soul into this final project. "I've never made a project this powerful before in my life. Sitting, listening to these mixes, I just know that this shit is going to move you," he said on IG. Cudi enthusiastically added, "I just wanted to get on here and just let y'all know that I'm not gonna let y'all down. This is gonna be the album of the year right now, I'm not playing. This is not a fucking joke. Tell everybody you fucking know, ok?"
Cudi Describes His Final Studio Effort As "Powerful"
The mastermind behind "Mr. Rager" also took to Twitter on Thursday to drop some more hints about his upcoming work. "Im directing the video for my first single. Shits gonna get wild," he tweeted. Cudi also hinted at a variety of other projects unfolding for him this year, with more time behind the camera coming up in the near future. "I also booked a really cool tv gig that im thoroughly excited about. Very big deal to me. The blessings are overflowin. News about that soon," Cudi announced. In a different tweet, he added, "some movies comin this year as well. Think about 3."
Though Cudi will be stepping away from the studio, he'll be leaving behind a legacy that transcends music, film, and fashion. In an interview with Apple Music's Zane Lowe, the father-of-one disclosed how his retirement was to open up more time to spend with his daughter. As the release date for Cudi's final album approaches, be sure to keep up with HNHH for the latest news on hip-hop.