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Kid Cudi is launching an acting career - the hip-hip star is teaming up with Mark Wahlberg for a new TV show.

The Day 'N Nite star has signed up to appear in series How To Make It In America, a new comedy which will be produced by Wahlberg and the team behind his hit show Entourage.Cudi admits he has always wanted to try acting, but insists he will not be giving up his music any time soon.He says, It's directed by Julian Farino, who also did Sex And The City, several episodes of that and The Sopranos, and Entourage. I have a lead role. My character's name is Domingo Dean. I actually named my character after both of my brothers - Dean, who lives in Phoenix, being one of them, and Domingo.It has no reference to my music. It was important to me early on to branch away from music and actually do something outside my comfort zone. When we were developing my character with the writers, I was telling them, 'Man, I don't want to be anything that has to do with music,' just because that's not really acting.