MAGAZINE WORLD: kid cudi x Complex Oct/Nov Issue
So my Twitter was going nuts about this new kid cudi interview for Complex Magazine’s October/November issue. I see why. He goes in on Wale a bit, who I think was once his friend. It’s a little uncalled for in my opinion, but I’ll let you be the judge. He also discusses his new album, life, and his drug use. The cover shot and interview excerpts are below.
Speaking of Wale, when you hit that fan at your show last December, he came out with a line about it [“Throwin’ ’round wallets like the dude that Kid Cudi hit,” from “Thank You Freestyle”].
Kid Cudi: It wasn’t a shot, it’s just a simple-ass rhyme by a simple-ass rapper. You can’t let that shit faze you. That’s one of those raps that just shows the world that you wack. Why would you even use that as a metaphor? Everybody think they Hov. Niggas ain’t got the magic like they think they do; there’s only a couple of wizards in this game. I’m a wizard and I know it.
Are your peers not seeing that?
Kid Cudi: The last album, I let people dis me, throw out those jabs in their verses and have their little slick remarks. This time around, I’m not fucking around. I have no time to think about other niggas. These other motherfuckers like feeding off another nigga’s energy, so they mention their name. You hear me talk about niggas? I don’t even talk about Kanye, and that’s my homeboy! They talk about Kanye like they’re bosom buddies with this nigga. Talking about “I be in Hawaii”—man, shut the fuck up, why you got to tell everybody everything? Then people like Wale get mad that ‘Ye ain’t give him no beats—’Ye ain’t give you no beats because we ain’t fucking with your raps. It’s not a conspiracy theory. We don’t fuck with you musically, so we’re not going to provide music for you. The shit is a service, it’s a quality of a certain standard. Niggas are just so thirsty it’s ridiculous. I’ve been eating humble pie forever, and people still call me an asshole. These people don’t know my fucking life—now I’m going to give them something to talk about.
How heavy did the drug use get?
Kid Cudi: I started doing cocaine to get through interviews, ’cause people wanted to know a lot about my personal life and I wasn’t prepared for a 60 Minutes interview every time. Doing bumps I was able to get through the day, but then I would smoke weed to calm me down—it was the only way I could get through the day without people noticing I was doing it.
At the Converse show in July where you acknowledged using cocaine, you said you’re going to be around until you’re “old as fuck,” and also said, “I’m sorry if I let you down, I love you.” Did you feel like you let your fans down?
Kid Cudi: Every time I snap. I’m sitting there making songs like “Heart of a Lion” and talking about getting through anything, and rising up, and I’m up here snapping and letting people break my shell. I have to practice what I preach. I get strength, and the kids use it.
Yeah, so uhh… that was a little intense. I am still a fan of both artists, but I find this whole interview excessive. You can read the full article over at Complex. I wonder if this was possibly sparked by Wale‘s subliminal message in his song “The Number Won” from his mixtape, “More About Nothing.” We’ll see what comes of it all.