Kid Cudi Covers Complex, Gets Movie Role In 'Need For Speed'

By Maurice Bobb

Kid Cudi may feel like he doesn’t get enough play on the radio, but come this time next year, he’ll be getting plenty of play on the big screen. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the G.O.O.D. Music rapper/producer just signed on the star alongside “Breaking Bad” star Aaron Paul in the Dreamworks adaptation of the video game, “Need for Speed.”

In the film, which is slated to hit theaters in February 2014, the Ohioan will play a member of Paul’s crew. Paul will play a small-time street racer who is framed for an auto racing accident that takes his best friend’s life. After serving time, he signs up for a New York-to-Los Angeles race to get sweet revenge on the people that framed him.

Cudi’s movie news comes on the same day that his latest cover for Complex was revealed. Complex usually does a two-sided cover for each issue. Yesterday, Rihanna’s seven covers were revealed for the February/March 2013 issue. Today, Cudi’s cover shows him in a clear coffin soaking in what appears to be blood with the headline, “Kid Cudi, Born to Die.” In the accompanying article, the artist legally known as Scott Mescudi talks about shaking prescription drugs, getting over breakup depression, therapy, his father’s death and what completing his upcoming fourth album, Indicud, means to him.

“I win. That’s what it means,” Cudi told Complex. “I already ran laps around my peers. [Laughs.] Nah, I’m joking. It was never a competition with us, that whole movement when we first came out. Everyone had their own flavor. Everybody wanted to have their place. We made it a competition but nobody told each other. Looking back, it was silly. I still feel like I’m not going to be a nigga with 10 albums. I don’t want to be that guy. Once I accomplish one thing and I’m satisfied, I try something else. I may be 50 and doing something totally outside of music and acting. Maybe I’ll become a kindergarten teacher. Then I could be like, “Man when I was 20, I was a rapper,” and still have all these dope-ass jams, mackin’ on all the hot teachers in the school. I could be the school rock star.”

Additionally, the "Day N Nite" MC talked about how he views himself as a hip-hop villain.

“There are so many dynamics to a villain,” Cudi said. “Who are we to say they’re villains? They’re just people who see things in a different way and go to the extreme to show us how things should be. Hip-hop needs a wake-up call. I don’t think hip-hop is terrible, or it’s dead and all that bullshit. It’s better than it’s been in a long time. It’s just some industry shit. It’s super weak. Nobody’s authentic.”

This is Cudi’s fourth cover for the mag. Read more of Cudi’s interview here.