Kid Cudi's 'Entergalactic' Is a Trippy, Star-Studded Delight

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Photo credit: Netflix
Photo credit: Netflix

The great Kid Cudi took the idea of a visual album to the next level with Entergalactic, an animated Netflix special released on the same day as his tenth studio LP of the same name. The artist has spent his career making out-of-this-world music on influential albums like Indicud and the Man on the Moon trilogy, but now, Cudi takes his talents to voice acting.

Set in bustling New York City, Entergalactic features Cudi as an up-and-coming graffiti artist named Jabari. As seen in the new trailer released by Netflix, Jabari is fresh off of a breakup when he meets a photographer named Meadow (Jessica Williams), even though he still harbors some feelings for his recent ex-girlfriend, Carmen (Laura Harrier). Jabari's problems finding love are also be juggled with an opportunity for real success in the art world, intertwined with moments from Cudi's upcoming new album. The animated special features an impressive supporting cast, including Timothée Chalamet as Jimmy, Jabari’s weed dealer, as well as Ty Dolla $ign as Ky, Jabari’s off-the-wall buddy. The voices of Vanessa Hudgens, Christopher Abbott, 070 Shake, Jaden Smith, Keith David, Teyana Taylor, Arturo Castro, and Macaulay Culkin are also featured in Entergalactic's animated love story.

In Esquire's new cover story featuring Cudi, the man himself revealed that the special is intended to be his statement as both a producer and a creator. For Entergalactic, Cudi teamed up with Black-ish creator Kenya Barris, who serves as executive producer. He was even the one who convinced Cudi to turn his initial idea for a series of vignettes into an animated "television event." The late Off-White designer Virgil Abloh also designed some of the outfits his characters wear. "Love is the answer. It is gonna hurt you at times, but it’ll heal you, too," Cudi said about his inspiration for the album and its accompanying Netflix special. "It’s one hell of a ride when you’re in it with someone, especially what they’re experiencing in Entergalactic... It’s fucking magic."

Entergalactic dropped on Friday, September 30, along with Cudi's animated Netflix special featuring songs from the album. Check out the latest trailer below and watch Entergalactic on Netflix now.

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