New Skool Kool: Kid Cudi
Even if we were not fans of How To Make It In America, we would still be doing this feature on Kid Cudi. Both musically and with his style choices, he was one of the first musicians we wanted to do a style profile on.
Kid Cudi portrays a completely non-macho image but he is still ‘urban’ in his style. He favours a fit and cut of clothing that will work anywhere – not in any specific to any particular group of people. This also relates to the music he makes which is hip hop, yet is a new wave of hip hop that is slightly more accessible than the underground nineties scene.
Part of the style of clothing is also down to his frame. He isn’t the most muscular of rappers so he wears what works for him and wears it very well. This means that regular cut jeans and normal fitting sweaters and slimmer fit jackets are seen regularly on Kid Cudi.
Like many rappers, he also has a side line in acting which has worked well for him on How To Make It In America where he played one of the main roles of Domingo, a happy go lucky New York…..drug dealer! So some stereotypes don’t change!
Kid Cudi is part of the relative new school along with Kanye West and Lupe Fiasco (retired?) who are making cool hip hop that can transcend the genre and are challenging rap stereotypes. If you’re a hip hop fan, how do you feel about the new school of hip hop artists? Do they help the genre to progress?
Enjoy Kid Cudi’s massive hit Day ‘N’ Nite, Crookers Remix:
Second photograph by Robbie Fimmano
Fifth photograph by Al Powers