Scott Mescudi is not your average villain. Here at Complex we've been following the rise of the artist who proudly calls himself "the bane of hip-hop" since 2007, and to tell the truth we still haven't fully figured him out. With this fourth solo cover, plus one group cover as well as a digital cover, Kid Cudi now holds the record for the most 'Plex cover appearances. There's something about a guy who doesn't just play by his own rules—he invents his own game, and finds a way to keep winning. Even when he seems to be down and out, this kid from Cleveland is always creeping on a come up.
When we last checked in with Cudi he was rocking with his G.O.O.D. Music family. Before that he was part of the experimental rock duo WZRD. Now he's all about Indicud, his fourth album in five years, for which he is handling most of the production himself. Cudi's also moving on from a tough breakup and a bout with depression that left him all twisted up on prescription meds. Thankfully he's since put down the pills and revitalized himself through the healing power of hip-hop. We enlisted the visionary photographer team JUCO to create a powerful series of images that represent Cudi's rebirth in the most graphic way imaginable. Then our director of content strategy Joe La Puma continued his ongoing dialog with the artist, resulting in one of Cudi's most candid, provocative interviews yet. The magazine goes on sale February 4, but you can read the full cover story right now...
WATCH KID CUDI'S EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW: