Last week following the release of his 5th solo album, Kid Cudi hopped on the phone with Complex to talk about a variety of subjects including the newly released. We're taking a look at 5 of the more important subjects that they covered including Cudi's lack of inspiration to rap, upcoming new music and more.
He's Not Inspired to Rap RIght Now
One thing we all know about Kid Cudi is he does what he wants and doesn’t let anyone deviate him from that path. Currently Cudi says he’s not inspired to write raps after releasing two rap-driven projects: his first mixtape and album. The feel of his latest album and a possible WZRD sequal shows where his desire is musically right now.
I have a bunch of powers but unfortunately I cannot write raps unless I’m ultimately fueled to write a rap, and it happens every so often. When it does happen it happens in the way of a “Too Bad I Have To Destroy You Now.”
The next music we’ll hear from Kid Cudi is the “Need For Speed” featured track “Hero” featuring Skylar Grey. Produced by the WZRD duo of Cudi and Dot Da Genius, the song follows the same feel of Cudi’s most recent album “Satellite Flight”.
New Music is Coming With Hit-Boy
The positive side of Cudi’s lack of desire to rap? Him and Hit-Boy have developed a chemistry that has actually inspired him to rap. Cudi says he’s got a brand new track coming out with Hit-Boy and Audio Push called “Scorn” that we can expect to hear soon enough.
There is musical magic between me and Hit-Boy and we’re going to keep working at it and coming up with some jams to please the fans because we think we can change shit, so we all about that.
He Gave Up Alcohol Because of an Enlarged Liver
During the recording of the “Satellite Flight” album Kid Cudi says he gave up alcohol because of a slightly enlarged liver due to excessive drinking. Cudi called it “another one of those wake-up calls”; he also previously gave up smoking weed during the recording of the WZRD album in 2011.
I just got into the creative process and it wasn’t until I finished the album when I was like, “Wow, I made this entire project without drinking.” Kids are so quick to be like “Cudi, do coke! Get back on drugs. Cudi can’t do this without this.” And I put out some of my best product in a long time and I did it completely without alcohol.
Cudi says his health issues are behind him and his liver is fine thanks to the fact he gave up drinking booze for so long. Will he drink in the future? He says not so because he feels good and doesn’t need it.
Kid Cudi's Felt Underused by G.O.O.D. Music
Reading this interview it seems more and more evident that Kid Cudi was not happy with his role in G.O.O.D. Music and that it played into his departure from the label. Cudi says he wasn’t happy with his feature on “Guilt Trip” because the vocals were a couple years old and he was never told about the song. Same thing goes for the G.O.O.D. Music compilation album “Cruel Summer” where he only had 2 features; one on a minor part on “The Morning” and a two year old song in “Creepers”.
It was like, Why not call me and have me come in there and give it? Why underuse me? Why put four bars of vocals to coax my fans into thinking this is a legitimate Kid Cudi feature on this song and it isn’t?
He Did NOT Record Music with Justin Bieber
When the photo above circulated of Kid Cudi and Justin Bieber in the studio together earlier this year peoples reactions were mixed with some excitement and confusion. It turns out that was all one big misunderstanding according to Cudi. Bieber popped into the studio Cudi was working at to say what up and then proceed to ask to take a photo for Instagram. The two never recorded any music together and Cudi says theres little chance that will ever happen.
Sorry guys, there’s no Justin Bieber song and I don’t think there ever will be. No offense to his art or anything like that, but I like to only work with artists around my age. That makes more sense to me.