Photography by Shane Nash

Who will be hip-hop's rookie of the year in 2009? One artist at the top of everyone's list is Kid Cudi. The Cleveland, Ohio native made a name for himself last year with his hit single "Day N Night" and his mixtape A Kid Named Cudi, but now he's looking to become a household name with the release of his debut album on Kanye's G.O.O.D. Music.

To make Complex's co-sign of this young gunner official, we featured him in the "Upstarts" section in our February/March 2009 issue (click here to read the full magazine article). And for the photo shoot, we took the lonely stoner to a place where he could really come out of his shell: Dave & Buster's in Times Square. Watch the behind the scenes video below...

-Kid Cudi's "Upstarts" Article From Our Feb/March Issue
-November 2008 Interview: Kid Cudi Talks Auto-Tune And '808s & Heartbreak'
-September 2008 Interview: Kid Cudi Discusses The 'Heaven At Night' Video
-Jim Jones Remixes KiD CuDi's 'Day N Nite'