WATCH: Kid Cudi Debuts Rock Song with St. Vincent

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Kid Cudi (left) & St. Vincent
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William Goodman

Kid Cudi wants to front a rock band -- and Thursday night he got his chance.

On Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Cudi -- who dresses up as Jimi Hendrix, experiments with arena-filling rock sounds on his new album, and recently said he's forming a band -- debuted "Maniac" with an electric guitar slung over his arm (nice solos, dude!), and a little help from the Roots, indie tinkerbell St. Vincent, and rapper Cage. Watch below.

The song, off Cudi's November 9 release Man on the Moon 2: The Legend Of Mr. Rager, is dark and moody with intertwining rhythms, a whole bunch of keyboards, and some slick guitar lines. It samples St. Vincent's "The Strangers" and deals with lyrics of mania -- fitting, considering Cudi's recent freakouts on cocaine (resulting a run-in with the law) and the fact that Cage was once a psych ward patient. Now that's rock'n'roll.

Watch the performance below, then sound off in the comment section.

WATCH: Kid Cudi & Guests, "Maniac"



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