The LONELY STONER MC aims to make G.O.O.D. on his promise with an LP this year.By Richard “Treats” Dryden; Photography by Shane Nash
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(LOCATION) DAVE AND BUSTER’S TIMEs SQUARE; (PHOTOS) BERRY, SHANNON, BONE: AP PHOTO; WALZ: EVERETT COLLECTION › WHO Scott Mescudi, 25-year-old Cleveland native who gained cult status and a Kanye co-sign last year with his astronaut anthem “Day N Night”; plans to release debut LP on ’Ye’s G.O.O.D. Music this year.
› HOW: Relocated to New York at the age of 20 carrying a five-song demo. He eventually pushed “Day N Night” as a single via DJ A-Trak’s Fool’s Gold label, following with the celebrated mixtape A Kid Named Cudi.
› OHIO LOVE: “You know what the East Coast sounds like. Ohio doesn’t really have an identity. That’s one of my goals: to establish that Midwest shit. The melodies play a powerful part because they really hit people and give you that catchy feel, like Bone Thugs and Nelly.”
› PRO-TE-’YE: “Protégés are people that are molded by somebody. I was molded by God. Yeah, everybody likes the title: ‘Kanye’s protégé Kid Cudi.’ But what’s cool about working with Kanye is that he understood my shit. He’s not trying to change anything that I have going on.”
› FEAR OF A KID PLANET: “A lot of people are going to be thrown off by my album. You’re going to think I’m a lunatic or a genius; it’s not going to be any in between.”