Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West has shed light on his G.O.O.D. Music artist Kid Cudi‘s public battles with addiction and explained the impact it has played on his music.
West believes Cudi’s honesty through music is what makes him favorable and allows his fans to relate to him on a human level.
“Yeah, he has,” Kanye said in an interview when asked if Cudi has been doing better since entering drug rehabilitation for cocaine addiction. “Actually I was just on e-mail with him earlier. Kid Cudi is my personal favorite artist in the world right now. His music, whenever you see his performances, his whole take on the game right now is just unfiltered, uncensored artistry and that’s something me and Jay[-Z] look up to, even once you get that commercial success. You’d like to take everything down to an unfiltered space and that’s what he’s delivering — the dark moments that we’ve had, whether somebody is dealing with a loss, drug addiction or whatever it is, it helps add a fuel to music and those life experiences, real people deal with those kinds of things and the fact that we as celebrities and musicians can deal with those things and reflect them, it just makes it relate more.” (Devi Dev TV)
In a recent interview, Cudi 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)
In September, Cudi talked about wanting to improve his public etiquette.
“That’s what makes it hard for people like myself, [celebrities,] to go out and do sh*t…I can’t take a bite of my burger without having people take a picture of it. It’s like I’m a caged animal…I don’t trust how I react to people…I just want to do the right thing and react [properly] in certain situations. I just wish someone could teach me how to act. In certain situations, I just don’t know. That’s the scary part. If some sh*t happens, I feel like I might get myself in trouble. I just don’t want to get in more trouble.” (XXL Mag)
Cudi recently said he has become a better person from his mistakes.
“I’m a lot happier-things are in better order and there’s peace within my crew and within myself,” Cudi says. “I feel I had to go through the fire to get here and I wouldn’t change my experiences for the world. At this point, I’m locked in. I definitely got my sh*t together.” (Billboard)
Check out Kanye West’s interview down below: