It’s not everyday you get a Kid Cudi interview. So the delight from fans was no surprise this weekend when Billboard published a feature with the elusive rap-rocker. Revealing and candid with no-frills, Cudder kept it all the way real about topics such as depression, today’s music climate, and that Man On the Moon 3 limbo.
“I really came out of that drug shit. People don’t know how real it was,” he explained. “I used drugs to try to fix my depression. It’s funny. When I got arrested [in 2010 with cocaine], people said I was an addict. But I was never an addict; I was just on a ride for a little bit. Playing rock was my way of saying, “F--- everyone.” It wasn’t well-received… The last thing I was catering to was the world.”
The “playing rock” comment was a reference to Cudder’s string of rock efforts, which was first introduced on 2012’s WZRD and most recently Speedin’ Bullet 2 Heaven. The latter album, despite its fair share of awe from listeners like Erykah Badu and André 3000, is something Cudi describes as “my last outing as the dark, depressing character.”
“I needed to get that out of me and that was the only way I could do it. I didn’t want to come back to hip-hop making that type of music. We did that already.” With plans of steering the wheel back to hip-hop, Cudi expressed excitement in his next musical journey. “I always had the most fun when I was just rapping, because it’s easy,” he said.
“But I’ve come to find that people think I’m completely terrible, since I haven’t rapped in years. They’re so naive. It never really bothered me.” Feeling invigorated, part of Cudi’s new awakening has resulted in the new vibes laid forth on songs like “The Frequency” and “All In.”
“And I have a lot of solutions to fix the inauthentic nature of the business right now,” he said, revealing his thoughts on the current state of music. “Without me in it, Gotham City suffers.”
Cudi also revealed plans for a new album, which he says will be free. But don’t hold your breath for Man On the Moon 3 — as in the LP originally slated for a 2014 release. “I don’t even feel obligated to do Man on the Moon 3 anymore,” he said. “As of right now, people should just get that off their mind. That’s not ever going to happen.”
He is, however, making music again with Kanye West. Following his split with G.O.O.D. Music in 2013, Cudder reunited with 'Ye on The Life of Pablo and is expected to appear on West’s next album, Turbo Grafx 16.
“Me and Kanye are brothers. With family, there’s always going to be issues and shit,” he said. “That was the first time I had been around him and his team in a while. In order to get back into the creative process, we had to talk. I’m not one of those people who’s just going to come around after a while, jump in and make music. We needed to have a big bro, lil bro convo. As soon as we had that, we were good.”
Music aside, Cudi has been enjoying a good run in film, as he has two films set for 2016 and recently rapped up his gig on IFC’s Comedy Bang! Bang!. All in all, 2016 is going to be a big one for Cudi and the Cudderland.
Check out the must-read interview over at Billboard.