Kid Cudi Pulls a Beyonce: Hip-Hop Star Releases Surprise Album

Kid Cudi and Beyonce
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Cudi pulled a Yonce! Hip-hop star Kid Cudi shocked fans when the clock hit midnight Tuesday, Feb. 25 after he released his fourth studio album Satellite Flight: The Journey to Mother Moon on iTunes.

"Time to make the world stand still," 30-year-old Cudi (full name is Scott Mescudi) tweeted late Monday evening. "1 hour till launch."

Cudi's latest album is complete with 11 tracks and accompanying digital booklet, all available to download for $9.99. According to the release, the artist has been "secretly preparing his latest work since wrapping up his last tour" following his chart-topping album Indicud.

On Satellite Flight, Cudi remains true to the futuristic theme of his first two Man On The Moon albums with spacey singles like "Satellite Flight," "Copernicus Landing," and "Return of the Moon Man."

Unlike Beyonce, who surprised fans with her self-titled fifth studio album back in December, the hip-hop talent's surprise album has yet to hit the top spot on music charts. Cudi doesn't seem to care too much. Shortly after releasing his latest work, Cudi retweeted fans' reactions and wrote, "Are we enjoying the ride everyone? I am! I love u all so much, I do it all for u, forever. We are one! Cud Fam!!" He continued his Twitter love fest Tuesday afternoon and wrote, "OWN YOUR INNER FREAK!"

The physical version of Satellite Flight will be available April 29. Cudi's third Man on the Moon album will not land until 2015.

The Grammy nominee, meanwhile, is slated to act in the upcoming Entourage movie in which he replaces Lloyd as the new assistant of Ari Gold (played by Jeremy Piven). The Ohio native's acting credits include roles on How to Make It in America, The Cleveland Show, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. He will make his big-screen debut in Need for Speed on Mar. 14.

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