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Kid Cudi Is Bruno Mars

In 2010, Kid Cudi was famously arrested for possession "liquid cocaine"—which, it turns out, does not exist. Months later, Bruno Mars was famously arrested for possession of normal cocaine in Las Vegas. He smiled for his mug shot and told cops it was his "first time" using the drug—which, it turns out, it wasn't. But all that's in the past. Cudi cleaned up, even quit smoking weed (even his favorite "Maui Wowie," from Bruno Mars' native Hawaii), and managed to get Indicud to the #2 slot on Billboard's albums chart. Bruno Mars once got caught by the police; now he just sounds like Sting.

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