Kid Cudi is gearing up for the release of his highly-anticipated sophomore effort, Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager, next week. Since Kanye West is his boss and mentor, he’s following in his footsteps … by dropping a short film for his album cut, “MANIAC.”
So, when it came time to choose someone to direct it, Cudder chose actor Shia LeBeouf, whose friends with rapper Cage, who is featured on the Cudi track alongside St. Vincent.
It’s no secret LeBeouf loves hip-hop. Back in 2009, he directed Cage’s music video for “I Never Knew You,” off his Depart From Me album. And, later, the actor revealed that he planned to make a movie/documentary about the underground rapper.
For Cudi’s video, Cage reached out to his buddy/actor, known as the stars of the Transformers movie franchise, who obviously agreed to be a part of the project.
“Yes this is happening!” Cage wrote on Twitter (@CageWM), while “Day ‘N’ Nite” producer Dot Da Genius tweeted (@Dotdagenius) “side project, we do what we want,” which was accompanied by a picture of the rapper holding a folder for the treatment.
“Oh yeah we’re doing a short film,” Cage said in a retweet.
At press time, it was unknown when the short for “MANIAC” was expected to drop.
However, Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager is slated for release November 9, and features guest appearances from Cee-Lo Green, Mary J. Blige, Kanye West, GLC, Chip Tha Ripper, and Nicole Wray, among others.