Surfin' (Kid Cudi song)

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Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin' cover.jpg
Single by Kid Cudi featuring Pharrell Williams
from the album Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin'
ReleasedSeptember 30, 2016 (2016-09-30)
GenreHip hop
  • 3:58 (single version)
  • 6:15 (album version)
Producer(s)Pharrell Williams
Kid Cudi singles chronology
"Leader of the Delinquents"
Pharrell Williams singles chronology
Music video
"Surfin'" on YouTube

"Surfin'" is a song by American rapper Kid Cudi. It was released on September 30, 2016, as the lead single from his sixth studio album, Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin'. The lyrics were handled by Cudi, while the music was written and produced by Pharrell Williams, who also makes a vocal appearance on the extended outro of the album version of the song.

Release and composition[]

The song was released alongside "Frequency", for digital download as dual singles on September 30, 2016.[1] "Surfin'" runs for a duration of three minutes and fifty-eight seconds.[1] The album version of the song runs for a length of six minutes and fifteen seconds. called Pharrell's production "sunny, upbeat electronic brass".[2] The song bears elements of African drums, with a styling of sea shanties. After five minutes of rapping between a chorus with A-A rhyme scheme, Cudi closes out the track and the album with 15 seconds of a capella yodeling.[3][4]

Music video[]

The music video for the song, directed by Cudi himself, premiered on October 31, 2016, via his Vevo.[5] The video features cameo appearances from King Chip, Jaden and Willow Smith, A$AP Nast and A$AP Rocky, and others.[6][7][8]

In other media[]

In 2017, "Surfin'" was featured in a television advertisement issued by Adidas.[9] The song was also featured in season three of HBO's series Ballers.[10] It was also featured in the 2017 video games NBA Live Mobile and NBA Live 18 The One. The song was also featured in the TV series Inhumans. The instrumental was also used in the TV series How to Get Away with Murder.


Chart (2016) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[11] 77


  1. ^ Jump up to: a b "Surfin' - Single by Kid Cudi". iTunes. Retrieved November 7, 2016.
  2. ^ "Kid Cudi Couldn't Release His Album in Time, So Please Enjoy 'Surfin Featuring Pharrell Williams".
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  6. ^ Times, Music (1 November 2016). "Kid Cudi Dances With A$AP Rocky, Pharrell, Jaden Smith & More In Trippy 'Surfin' Video".
  7. ^ "Watch Kid Cudi Jam Out With His Crew in New "Surfin'" Video f/ Pharrell".
  8. ^ "Kid Cudi – "Surfin'" Video (Feat. Jaden Smith, Willow Smith, & A$AP Rocky)". 31 October 2016.
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  10. ^ |"Ballers Season 3 Soundtrack". Cassius Life. Retrieved October 1, 2017.
  11. ^ " – Kid Cudi feat. Pharrell Williams – Surfin'". ARIA Top 50 Singles.

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