NEED FOR SPEED
SCOTT MESCUDI (Benny) grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio. A
multi-talented rapper, singer-songwriter, guitarist,
record producer and actor, he moved to New York City in October 2004. There, he
became heavily involved in
the MC scene until he was inspired to write "Day N Nite." After posting the song
on MySpace, it started racking
up hits and eventually caught the attention of A-Trak, Kanye West's former tour
A-Trak signed Mescudi to a single deal on his Fool's Gold label. A critically
acclaimed mixtape titled "A KiD Named
CuDi," presented by Pat and Emile and co-branded with NYC streetwear label 10
Deep, was released on July
17, 2008. A-Trak played "Day N Nite" at Kanye West's "Stronger" premiere party.
West loved the song, and saw
enough potential in Mescudi that he flew him to Hawaii to do reference hooks for
Jay-Z's "The Blueprint 3."
Mescudi then began working on West's "808s & Heartbreak" album, for which he
wrote four songs ("Heartless,"
"Paranoid," "Welcome to Heartbreak" and "Robocop"). With "Day N Nite" a
Billboard hit, Mescudi signed with
West's G.O.O.D music label. Soon after, he parlayed that into a major deal with
On September 15, 2009, he released his debut album "Man on the Moon: The End
of Day," a genre-bending
concept album that took people through Scott Mescudi's dreams, nightmares and
unique views of the world.
The album — which featured production from Emile, Plain Pat, RATATAT, MGMT and
Kanye West — sold 104,419
copies during its first week, which placed it at #4 on the Billboard charts.
To date, Mescudi has sold over 4.6 million digital singles and 1.3 million
mobile tones. As of August 2013,
Mescudi's videos on VEVO have had over 200 million views. In addition to being
sought after for his music, toptier
companies including Converse and Heineken have hired him to appear in their ad
campaigns for "3 Artists, 1
Song" and "Plug Into Summer."
After his debut album was released, he set off on a sold-out tour with Asher
Roth ("The Great Hangover Tour") and
appeared as the main attraction at festivals including Audiotistic and Bonnaroo,
while simultaneously prepping
his sophomore album, "Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager." The highly
acclaimed album, which was
released November 9, 2010 through G.O.O.D Music and Universal Motown, featured
Kanye West, Mary J. Blige
and GLC, with production from Emile, Plain Pat, Jim Jonsin, Diplo, Dot Da Genius
and others. The album debuted
at #3 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and produced the hit single "Erase Me,"
which features Kanye West. It was
quickly certified gold.
In 2012, Mescudi began his foray into the world of rock music under the
moniker WZRD, a band composed of
him and producer Dot Da Genius. Released to much acclaim in February of that
year, their self-titled album
debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. In April 2013, he released his
highly anticipated third studio album
"Indicud." Released to critical praise, with guest appearances from Kendrick
Lamar, RZA and ASAP Rocky, the
album became his highest charting yet, debuting at #2 on Billboard's Top 200.
Also in 2010, Scott Mescudi began his Hollywood career when he was cast as
Domingo Dean, a young, New York,
street-smart entrepreneur on the acclaimed HBO comedy-drama, "How to Make It in
America." Mescudi also
starred in Denis Hennelly's film "Goodbye World" with Adrian Grenier, Mark
Webber and Gaby Hoffman. The
movie premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival this past summer and will be
distributed by Samuel Goldwyn
and Phase 4 Films. He also has a starring role in the upcoming film "Two Night
Stand," directed by Max Nichols
(son of the legendary Mike Nichols). This comedy also stars Miles Teller,
Analeigh Tipton, Jessica Szohr and Leven
Rambin, and is produced by Ruben Fleischer and Beau Flynn.
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