News: Kid Cudi "Scared Straight" Behind Bars, "I Have A Newfound Respect For T.I. & Wayne"

Thursday, Sep 23, 2010 9:07AM

Written by Biz Jones

Grammy-nominated rapper Kid Cudi recently detailed his detainment after his drug possession arrest earlier this year, and what impact the penal system had on him.

According to Cudi, he gained new admiration toward artists who have spent extensive time behind bars.

"If I'm gonna be going to jail, I'm not gonna be doing this no more," Cudi says, adopting a childlike voice, masking the incident's seriousness. "I had a newfound respect for T.I. and [Lil] Wayne. I only spent 15 hours in there! I was scared straight, going through the shakes, having no food, being held captive. It didn't matter who I was in the world." (Rap Radar)

The rapper was arrested in early June on a drug possession charge in New York City.

TMZ has learned Kid Cudi was arrested in NYC today for felony criminal mischief and possession of a controlled substance. Sources say Kid took a 24-year-old woman's phone and slammed it to smithereens. He also allegedly broke the door of her apartment off its hinges. Cops arrived and found a glass bottle of a controlled substance. (TMZ)

Last December, Cudi was mistakenly detained by police in Los Angeles, California.

Two police cars cordoned off the road while a further three pulled up next to Cudi's vehicles. Passengers in the cars were then ordered out with their hands on their heads, before being made to kneel on the ground where they were handcuffed. It was only then that Los Angeles Police Department officers realised it was a case of mistaken identity. After the passengers had been released, the officer in charge explained that a resident in the vicinity of the shop had mistakenly identified the party as being involved in a burglary, before allowing Cudi's entourage to go on its way. (NME)

Recently, the rapper admitted to previously having a drug problem.

"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. It took a lot for me to talk about sh*t 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 sh*t until they hear me say it. And those are true Kid Cudi fans. I want them to know the story." (Complex)

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