Does anyone remember Kid Cudi’s strange interview with Complex Magazine last October? Well, I do and luckily this interview is the complete opposite. The man of many names uses this interview with Editor-in-chief, Noah Callahan-Bever, to redeem himself. In this issue, Cudi explains how he got over his drug issue, finding love and how Kanye West has helped him overcome his stress. This interview shows a side of Mr. Rager fans never heard from before. The brilliant, magnetic, ambitious side of the man on the moon.Below is an excerpt from the interview with Kid Cudi:
So, that last interview you did with Complex was…explosive. [Laughs.]
Yeah, it was a doozy! [Laughs.] You know, I was clean then, but I still had, like, a drug hangover.
Is that drug hangover why you disappeared after you released your second album?
I wanted to clear my head, besides detox. I had to look at the root of the whole problem, and that was work and the business.
I wasn’t trying to hear it from nobody. I’m not even going to attack the people in my life that didn’t step in and try to stop it, ’cause I was just so bullheaded. There’s no way to slow somebody when they’re speeding down a path of destruction.
I thought I was dealing with it in the proper way. I was in the moment. And when you’re that young, with that opportunity, all that money, and all that respect and power, sometimes you run with it. ’Cause I was like, “Man, you don’t know if this shit’s gon’ be here tomorrow.”
At the top of the year you seemed to be spending a lot time in New York with Kanye.
I was at another place, another dark place. Me and my girl had broken up. I wasn’t fully healed yet. And being around Kanye and music was my escape. He’s a sober guy, he has a drink every once in a while, but seeing how he throws himself into the studio when he’s stressing about something, I totally admire that. Being around that was therapy for me.
Are you back together with your lady?
Yeah, we’re solid. I’m just trying to figure out love. I never was really good at it, but when you have someone who loves you so much and can take your good and your bad, and work with you and help you grow—that’s priceless. To have a ride-or-die woman, for somebody that’s in the position I’m in, that’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing.
Some of your other relationships changed during that time, too. You had a very public parting of ways with your managers.
I wanted to try something new, and I wanted to take control of things myself. Those are still my guys, Pat and Emile, and I’m still going to work with them in the future. When we start working on Man on the Moon III I’ll be calling them up to see if they want to be a part of it. I know Emile is definitely down.
We had an issue, but we’re men and we were able to figure it out and move forward. There’s no hard feelings.
The full cover story can be read on Complex.com. The issue will hit newsstands on October 4. Make sure to pick it up, this is one you don’t want to miss!Complex Magazine, Kanye West, Kid Cudi, Noah Callahan-Bever