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Kid Cudi takes fans on a journey through a decade of creative choices, struggles, and breakthroughs in the candid new Amazon Prime documentary “A Man Named Scott,” which arrived on the streaming platform November 5.
Directed by Robert Alexander, the 95-minute film explores Cudi’s struggle to adjust to fame after the release of his 2009 debut LP “Man on the Moon: The End of Day.” The genre-bending debut album, featuring songs dealing with depression, anxiety, and loneliness, resonated deeply with young listeners and launched Cudi — whose birth name is Scott Mescudi — as a musical star.
Kanye West, Timothée Chalamet, Shia LaBeouf, Willow Smith, Jaden Smith, Lil Yachty, and Pharrell Williams are featured in the documentary.
“A Man Named Scott” has been in the works for a couple of years, Cudi revealed during the film’s premiere at The Billy Wilder Theater at The Hammer Museum in Los Angeles on Wednesday. “The good people at Complex came to us and said they wanted to do something. We felt like something that covers the last 10 years of my life would be dope to do because I haven’t really had that time to tell my story, so it was a great opportunity to do that.”
The film concept evolved over time, according to Alexander. “We had one idea that we wanted to do something around his first album and then it turned into this,” he said at the premiere. “For me personally, it’s an analysis of creativity and the journey of being a culture-shifting artist, what that means, and what’s the sacrifice and the result. And Cudi was on board for that.”
The documentary is streaming exclusively on Prime Video but if you’re not already subscribed, you can join Amazon Prime with a free 30-day trial (the subscription costs $12.99 a month after the trial ends) to stream “A Man Named Scott” for free.
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“A Man Named Cudi” joins a string of Prime Originals which includes music documentaries on Mary J. Blige, P!nk, and Justin Bieber.