Kid Cudi opens up to Complex about his drug abuse, his secret child and why Wale is a "simple-ass rapper."
Kid Cudi recently chopped it up with Complex Magazine for the cover story to their October/November issue in promotion for his sophomore LP Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager. The G.O.O.D. Music rapper opened up to the magazine about a number of highly personal issues, including his former cocaine use. The rapper said that he began using the drug during interviews, but that he has since stopped using since his arrest for criminal mischief and possession in June.
"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," he admitted. "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." (Complex)
He added, "I never thought it was a problem, but I was definitely high-fiving death a couple of times. It took a lot for me to talk about shit like this on the album. I don't feel like I need to explain myself to anyone besides the fans. My fans don't believe shit until they hear me say it." (Complex)
Cudder also revealed that he has also been a father since March of this year. He says that having a daughter has profoundly affected him, but that now he's ready to take on the task of fatherhood.
"I have a daughter, born March 26 of this year," he said. "Her name is Vada, and she's fucking awesome. That was eating me up, and it was stressing me out that nobody knew about her. I was trying to escape from that, too. Just trying to figure it out and make everyone happy, it's a lot for somebody my age to handle. I was manning up and dealing with it in what I thought was the right way, but it was the wrong way. I want to be around for her. I can honestly say she was the wake-up call. The reality that it's bigger than just you now—you have a responsibility and there's no more time for mistakes. It's time to stop fucking around...I'm excited about watching her grow, I'm excited to be a papa." (Complex)
Cudi also talked his issues with fellow 2009 XXL Freshman Wale. The D.C. rhymer recent took a lyrical swap at Cudi on his "Thank You Freestyle," saying "Throwin' 'round wallets like the dude that Kid Cudi hit." He assured Complex that the rhyme meant nothing to him, and that Wale is just "a simple-ass rapper." (Complex)
"It wasn't a shot, it's just a simple-ass rhyme by a simple-ass rapper," he said. "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?" (Complex)
He later added, "The last album, I let people diss 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." (Complex)
Not to be bested, Wale took to Twitter earlier today to respond to Kid Cudi's remarks to magazine.