In his most recent interview, given just a couple of days ago when he appeared on Headkrack’s Hip Hop Spot, Kid Cudi spoke candidly about the pressures of fame as well as his struggle with addiction. It’s been a journey with ups and downs but, it seems as though Cudi has finally made peace with his fame, fortune, and sobriety.
After coming to terms with his addiction to alcohol and drugs, Kid Cudi decided he needed to change. The rapper decided to quit everything cold turkey. In the interview, he revealed that he is over five months sober. Cudi said he was motivated to do so for the sake of his child as well as from frustration he felt with constantly being associated with the drug and stoner culture. It’s been a struggle for the hip hop star but, Cudi seems to have emerged clean, sober, and healthy.
“You just have to make the choice and decide the person you wanna be and stick with it. You get to a certain age where the people around you are not gonna be on that rollercoaster all day long ready for you to go up, ready for you to go down, and stick with you through all the madness. People want you to be one person and stick with it and I chose to be clean and be sober and get my life together. For myself, for my health, for my daughter, for my family.”
This wasn’t the first time that the Grammy-nominated rapper opened up about his battles with drugs. In earlier interviews, Cudi admitted to heavy cocaine use at the start of his hip-hop career, saying that he felt drugs relieved him of the stress of dealing with the media:
“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… never thought it was a problem, but I was definitely high-fiving death a couple of times.”
This was back in 2010. Cudi admitted that he was still using marijuana.
“No more blow. People do drugs to camouflage emotions and run away from their problems. Now I’m going to deal with certain things as they come, prioritize sh*t–man up, so to speak.”
Cudi on Hip Hop Culture
In this most recent interview, Cudi had some things to say to his fellow hip hop artists, stating that if they want the genre to survive and prosper in the genre, they need to step up their game and evolve.
“I feel like if you’re gonna be an artist, there’s a time where you have to embrace the responsibility and understand that the power of music is so special and to be able to do it to a magnitude to reach millions of people. It’s like why not use that for good? Why not tell kids something that they can connect with and use in their lives?” he said.
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