The previously announced Star Trek x Kid Cudi “Boldly Be” collaboration was launched at New York Comic Con over the weekend. Musician and designer (and Trek fan) Scott Mescudi (aka Kid Cudi) was at the event to launch his new Star Trek-themed song, streetwear line, and the “Mirror Mayhem” Fortnite game tie-in. He was also a surprise guest during the Star Trek Universe panel.
The centerpiece of the new Kid Cudi Star Trek partnership is the release of the original song “Heaven’s Galaxy.” The song was written by Cudi and was inspired by Cudi’s own fandom of Star Trek. It is available now on all streaming platforms. You can watch the official Kid Cudi music video below…
“Spaceman” Cudi comes home to Star Trek
Kid Cudi joined executive producer Alex Kurtzman on stage during the Star Trek Universe panel to talk about the song and collaboration. When asked what it felt like to be part of the Star Trek Universe, Mescudi told the cheering NYCC crowd, “I feel like I’m home.” Cudi became a fan as a kid, watching Star Trek: The Next Generation with his late father. He said it was a “full circle moment” for him when the opportunity came to work on a Star Trek project, and described his initial reaction:
“To be able to do something to possibly make a song dedicated to my father and to just be involved in this universe was just like a dream come true. Star Trek is something that’s so mega, you say, ‘Hey man, it would be so cool to be a part of that,’ but it seemed so far-fetched. So when you guys reached out it was like, ‘Holy s#!t. Oh my god, I have to do this.’”
Cudi went on to talk about being “obsessed” with space and science fiction since he was a kid, something he noted has been reflected in his music: “People know that I go by ‘The man on the moon,’ which he said has been part of his identity and it was the title of his debut album Man On The Moon. The collaboration with Star Trek was a good fit as he described himself as “kind of like a spaceman.”
Alex Kurtzman talked about how Cudi’s music has been a part of his household as his son is a big fan, making him now a “very popular dad.” He also noted how he felt Cudi’s music (specifically citing his 2022 album Entergalactic) made him a perfect fit for Star Trek:
“What I felt when I saw Entergalactic was that you were watching an artist who is both of his time and ahead of his time. He’s the man on the moon. But I think he’s always been talking about a lot of the issues Star Trek has represented, which is reaching for something brighter, finding the best in yourself, the idea that our better angels will endure. I think he’s an innovator. I think he’s a visionary… I didn’t really have anything to do with the song [“Heaven’s Galaxy”], but Scott sent it to me as he was going and I just was so amazed that somehow he was able to capture something that felt so definitively Star Trek and yet so specifically Kid Cudi. That only happens when it’s coming from the heart and it’s coming from the most organic place. So I’m just grateful that we had the opportunity to do it.”
Streetwear collection debut
The Kid Cudi x Star Trek collaboration also includes a new streetwear collection designed by Mescudi, which debuted at NYCC in a special capsule display booth.
The collection includes tees, crewnecks, hoodies, a custom button-up t-shirt, and a colorful leather varsity jacket. The full Star Trek x Kid Cudi streetwear line includes a total of eight items (including a hoodie and tee not on display at NYCC). Prices range from $45 for the tees to $150 for the hoodies and $300 for the varsity jacket. The full line went on sale on Monday at shop.kidcudi.com.
Mirror Mayhem on Fortnite
NYCC weekend also saw the launch of “Star Trek x Kid Cudi: Mirror Mayhem” described as an “out-of-this-world music and gaming collaboration” within the popular online game Fortnite. Here is the official description:
Join join Captain Skyles (Kid Cudi) on a mission to uncover the source of a sonic anomaly that threatens the peaceful planet Vada. Beam down to explore, discover, and defend a world these forces are threatening to tear apart. It’s up to you and other Starfleet recruits to work together with Captain Skyles to uncover the source of this musical malady and restore the harmony of Vada while there’s still time!
The Star Trek x Kid Cudi Fortnite gaming experience is now live. You can check out the trailer below…
Behind the scenes with Kid Cudi
If you want to learn more about Kid Cudi’s Trek fandom and this collaboration, check out this new behind-the-scenes video…
More from NYCC
Check out our earlier coverage of Alex Kurtzman’s Star Trek Universe update and Mike McMahan talking Lower Decks season 4 finale and season 5. We will have more coverage of Star Trek points of interest from NYCC 2023, including an update from IDW on Star Trek comics.
Keep up with news for the Star Trek Universe at TrekMovie.com.