Kid Cudi Launches Mobile App Encore to Help Artists Monetize Their Connections with Fans

Kid Cudi is keepin’ people connected to their idols…

The 36-year-old half-Mexican American rapper/actor, whose real name is Scott Mescudi, has joined forces with screenwriter Ian Edelman and startup veteran Jonathan Gray to launch Encore, a mobile-based platform to help artists monetize their connections with fans.

Kid Cudi

“The current streaming model puts artists in competition with one another and only rewards the top 1% of artists who collect 90% of the money,” a press release announcing the app explains. “Encore offers an all-new format that encourages collaboration amongst artists and makes it easy for up-and-coming and established artists to manage and grow a direct relationship with their fans. Artists can drop new music, chat with fans and host live shows from anywhere in the world.”

Encore enables live music experiences through smart phones, fan interaction, community centered content and merchandise offerings to give fans new ways to reward the artists they love.

“The energy from a concert is undeniable, both for the fans and artists. I am excited to launch Encore to help bring the live music experience back to our fans. Encore is committed to empowering both established and new artists and delivering the best mobile music experience out there,” Cudi says.

Earlier this year, Encore closed a $2 million seed round led by global investment firm Battery Ventures. General partner Roger Lee will join the board of directors.

Learn more at clapforencore.com.

HBO Releases Trailer for Kid Cudi’s New Series “We Are Who We Are”

Kid Cudi is who he is…

HBO has released the official trailer for new series We Are Who We Are,starring the 36-year-old half-Mexican American rapper/singer, whose real name is Scott Mescudi.

Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi

Directed by Luca Guadagnino, the series follows two teenagers living with their families on a U.S. military base in Italy in the coming-of-age story. The eight-part series will premiere on HBO sometime in September on an unconfirmed date.

The “Leader Of The Delinquents” rapper stars alongside Chloë SevignyJack Dylan GrazerAlice BragaJordan Kristine SeamónSpence Moore IIFaith AlabiBeatrice BarichellaFrancesca ScorseseCorey KnightVittoria BottinTom Mercier,Benjamin L. Taylor II and Sebastiano Pigazzi.

Blood Orange composed the mini-drama series’ score.

Kid Cudi made his HBO debut a decade ago when he portrayed Domingo Brown for two seasons on How To Make It In America from 2010-11. 

His return to television includes his own animated Netflix series Entergalactic that he’ll executive produce with Black-ish creator Kenya Barris and How to Make It in America creator Ian Edelman and record an accompanyingalbum. Kid Cudi’s also working on an animated TV series with his “Kids See Ghosts” other half Kanye West by the same name as the duo.

Trailer Released for Guzman’s “Puerto Ricans In Paris”

Luis Guzman is Paris bound…

The official trailer has been released for Ian Edelman’s directorial film debut Puerto Ricans In Paris, starring the 58-year-old Puerto Rican actor.

Puerto Ricans In Paris

Co-written by Edelman and Neel Shah, the comedy revolves around brothers-in-law, Eddie (Edgar Garcia) and Luis (Guzman), who are highly regarded counterfeit detectives dispatched to Paris to recover a stolen purse.

Rosario Dawson, Rosie Perez, Alice Taglioni, Miriam Shor and Frederic Anscombre come along for the heist and hijinks.

The pic, executive produced by Pitbull, premieres at the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 12 at the Regal L.A. Live Cinemas with a second screening June 17.