Day 'n' Nite

Day 'n' Nite
"Day 'n' Nite"
Single by Kid Cudi
from the album Man on the Moon: The End of Day
Released February 5, 2008 (U.S.)
(See release history)
Recorded 2007-2008
Genre Trip hop, alternative hip hop, urban contemporary (Original version)
Electro hop, hip house (Crookers version)
Length 3:41 (Album Version)
2:43 (Single Version)
3:07 (Video Edit)
Label GOOD Music, Fool's Gold Records, Universal Motown, Data Records (UK)
Writer(s) Scott Mescudi, Oladipo Omishore
Producer Dot da Genius, Kid Cudi (Original version)
The Crookers (The Crookers version)

2x Platinum (RIAA) Gold (ARIA)

Kid Cudi singles chronology
"Day 'n' Nite"
"Welcome to the World"
Alternative cover
UK Cover (Crookers Remix)

"Day 'n' Nite" (listed as "Day 'n' Nite (Nightmare)" on the tracklist of Man on the Moon: The End of Day) is the debut single by alternative hip hop artist Kid Cudi. It was produced by Dot da Genius and released February 2008 as a single, but was leaked in December 2007 and was featured by many blogs in mid-November 2008. It is also the first official single from his first official album Man on the Moon: The End of Day. The song has so far sold over 2,000,000 digital downloads in the United States.[1] The song was remixed in June 2008 by Italian Production duo Crookers, entering the charts at #10 and was ranked #15 the list Best 25 Songs of 2009 by Rolling Stone.[2]



The single was released February 5, 2008, as a digital download. It was released prior to Kid Cudi's signing to the GOOD Music label. It was originally released as a free download in late-2007 from his A Kid Named Cudi mixtape.

There are several remixes made for the song, by Young Cash, Pitbull, Jim Jones, Collie Buddz, Jermaine Dupri, Trey Songz, Styles P, Young Dro, Aidonia, K'naan, Chamillionaire, Chiddy Bang, Rusko and others.

Italian DJ Duo Crookers remixed "Day n' Nite" with a digital release also through Fool's Gold Records.[3] The remix received mass popularity throughout the European continent. It was song of the week on Belgian radio station Studio Brussel.[4] A video was released for this version of the song that Cudi expressed displeasure with and it was released without his permission. He issued an explanation on his blog and asked that all bloggers remove the video from their blogs.[5] The Crookers remix debuted at number 2 on the UK Singles Chart in the United Kingdom, being beaten off the top spot by Lady Gaga's "Just Dance" having retained its position for 3 weeks. The Crookers remix is often played during his concerts, as a continuation of the original version. The remix won an award at the Beatport Music Awards of 2009 for 2007 tracks under the category Best Indie Dance / Nu Disco track of 2007.[6]

The original version peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S., and reached #15 on the Canadian Hot 100.


BET Hip Hop Awards

Year Nominated work Award Result
2009 Day 'n' Nite BET Hip Hop Award for Track of the Year [7] Nominated
Day 'n' Nite BET Hip Hop Award for Best Hip Hop Video [8] Nominated

Beatport Music Awards

Year Nominated work Award Result
2009 "Day 'n' Nite" (Crookers Remix) Beatport Music Awards for Best Indie Dance / Nu Disco track [9] Won

MTV Video Music Awards

Year Nominated work Award Result
2009 "Day 'n' Nite" MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist [10] Nominated

Grammy Awards

Year Nominated Work Award Result
2010 "Day 'n' Nite" Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance 2010 Nominated
"Day 'n' Nite" Grammy Award for Best Rap Song 2010 Nominated

Music video

There were two music videos made for Day 'n' Nite. The first, a pop art style video, was directed by the French director So-Me who previously worked on music videos with a similar style such as Justice's "D.A.N.C.E." and Kanye West's "Good Life". The pop art music video was produced by Imetrages and also features a brief appearance by Travis Barker. It features Cudi walking around Los Angeles doing a variety of mundane activities such as getting a slice of pizza, grocery shopping, or visiting a bar, but the overlay of graphic colors on top of the actual video disguises or transforms the daily scene into one of fantasy. These fantasized versions of reality reference the film The Wizard of Oz and later manifest Cudi's desire to perform music; ultimately they play on the song's theme of the "lonely stoner" whose quotidian existence transforms because of his ability to "free his mind." The video features interior and exterior shots of Los Angeles bar, The Smogcutter (located on Virgil) and the somewhat iconic video game arcade, "Family Arcade" (located on Vermont in Hollywood).

The second version was made specifically for The Crookers remix of the song. It showcases Cudi as an employee at a typical British corner shop called "Day 'n' Nite", with a reference that he smoked marijuana after his manager left him with the keys. Throughout the video, Cudi hallucinates, such as women taking off their clothes, or dancing for him. A minor joke in the beginning is the manager character mispronouncing the name Budi (Cudi's character). This may be a reference to the popular media confusion regarding the pronunciation of "Cudi", as many people pronounced it "Kid Cooty" when he first emerged. Curiously, all products are British and pricing on the shelves is in pounds Sterling but pricing on labels behind the till are in Dollars. The police woman is also in an American police uniform.

The music video ranked at #10 on BET's Notarized: Top 100 Videos of 2009 countdown. It has received over 70 million views on Youtube.


The song is featured in "Weird Al" Yankovic's new album Alpocalypse in his polka medley "Polka Face". "Day 'n' Nite" has been covered by Alternative rock band Sugar Ray, live in concert and have recorded their version for RAWsession.[11]

Formats and track listings

No. Title Length
1. "Day 'n' Nite (original, mixed by Dot Da Genius)"   3:42
2. "Day 'n' Nite (instrumental)"   3:43
3. "Day 'n' Nite (Jokers of the Scene extended remix)"   7:21
4. "Dat New "New""   4:14
5. "Dat New "New" (clean)"   4:14
6. "Dat New "New" (instrumental)"   3:49
No. Title Length
1. "Day 'n' Nite (radio edit)"   2:43
2. "Day 'n' Nite (Mobin Master edit)"   3:10
No. Title Length
1. "Day 'n' Nite (radio edit)"   2:43
2. "Day 'n' Nite (club mix)"   4:41
3. "Day 'n' Nite (Mobin Master remix)"   7:18
4. "Day 'n' Nite (Bimbo Jones vocal mix)"   8:11
5. "Day 'n' Nite (D.O.N.S. remix)"   7:32
6. "Day 'n' Nite (Agent X remix)"   5:11
7. "Day 'n' Nite (TC remix)"   4:06
8. "Day 'n' Nite (video CD-ROM)"   3:05
UK 12" vinyl
No. Title Length
1. "Day 'n' Nite (club mix)"   4:41
2. "Day 'n' Nite (Mobin Master remix)"   7:18
3. "Day 'n' Nite (Bimbo Jones vocal mix)"   8:11
4. "Day 'n' Nite (D.O.N.S. remix)"   7:32


Original version (2008–2009) Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[13] 40
Belgian Singles Chart 7
Canadian Hot 100 10
New Zealand Singles Chart 11
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 3
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 5
U.S. Billboard Pop 100 9
Crookers remix (2009) Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[14] 15
Austrian Singles Chart 19
Belgian Ultratop 50 (Flanders) Chart 2
Dutch Top 40 4
Finnish Singles Chart 18
French Singles Chart 8
German Singles Chart 14
Irish Singles Chart 13
Irish Dance Chart 1
European Hot 100 Singles 8
Turkey Top 20 Chart 6
UK Singles Chart 2
UK Dance Chart 1

End-of-year charts

Chart (2009) Position
Hungarian Singles Chart[15] 77
Swiss Singles Chart[16] 50
UK Singles Chart[17] 33
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[18] 28

Release history

Format Release Date
United States February 5, 2008
United Kingdom January 12, 2009


  1. ^ Grein, Paul (2009-09-16). "Week Ending Sept. 13, 2009: The Act You've Known For All These Years". Yahoo! Music. Yahoo! Incorporated. Retrieved 2009-09-16. [dead link]
  2. ^
  3. ^ Fool's Gold Recs Blog
  4. ^ Hotshot: Kid Cudi vs Crookers - Day 'n' Nite
  5. ^
  6. ^ Crooker remix wins BMA
  7. ^ "BET Hip Hop Awards 09 Track of the Year". BET Awards. Retrieved 2009-10-02. 
  8. ^ "BET Hip Hop Awards 09 Best Hip Hop Video". BET Awards. Retrieved 2009-10-02. 
  9. ^ "Beatport Music Awards 2009". Beatport. Retrieved 2009-04-20. 
  10. ^ "MTV Video Music Awards 2009". MTV. Retrieved 2009-08-04. 
  11. ^ Kid Cudi - "Day And Night" by Sugar Ray (@RAWsession Cover)
  12. ^ "Kid Cudi and Crookers - Day 'n' Nite - Music Charts". 
  13. ^ "ARIA Charts - Week Commencing: 15th June 2009". Australian Recording Industry Association. June 15, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-14. 
  14. ^
  15. ^ "Éves összesített listák - MAHASZ Rádiós TOP 100 (súlyozott)". Mahasz. Mahasz. 
  16. ^ "2009 Year End Swiss Singles Chart". Swiss Music Charts. 2009. Retrieved 2010-07-16. 
  17. ^ "Charts Plus Year end 2009" (PDF). Charts Plus. Retrieved 2010-07-19. 
  18. ^ "Year End Charts Hot 100 Songs". Billboard. Retrieved 2011-03-25. 

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