Tuesday (July 17) marked ten years since the world was introduced to one of this generation's most influential artists, Kid Cudi, with his classic A Kid Named Cudi mixtape. The Cleveland native took some time out to thank the collaborators who made the 16-track project possible and reflect on still being a prominent figure in hip-hop a decade later.
"What a hell of a journey so far. Still here creating, makin' what I love, all for you. Thank you to those who have been ridin' w me the whole way on this crazy trip. The mission has been the same all these years. I'm here because of you," Cudi penned on Twitter shortly after midnight Wednesday (July 18).
Cudi's strategic marketing plan took advantage of a burgeoning digital platform online without having a major label behind him. His lyrical content also connected with the younger generation on an emotional level in an unprecedented fashion. The bond with his fans that formed a decade ago remains indestructible to this day.