Grammy-nominated rapper Kid Cudi has opened up about his past battle with drugs and how he was a heavy user of cocaine at the start of his hip-hop career.
Cudi said he felt drugs relieved him of stress he encountered from 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. 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)
Despite his battle with drug addiction, Cudi said he is no longer using cocaine.
“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. Just for the record, it bugged me out that people said it was liquid cocaine [that I got arrested for over the summer]. No, I’m just f*cking rich, and my blow comes in a jar. There was no liquid in it–that sh*t makes no sense.” (Complex)
Last July, Cudi promised he does not use any drugs except marijuana.
Kid Cudi has broken his silence over a June 11 arrest after he was accused of breaking down a woman’s door and possessing liquid cocaine. “I know you guys were hearing some s**t about me in the news,” he said at a recent public appearance in Brooklyn. “I was wilding out and s**t, but I’m good now. I just smoke weed. I know n***as die when they 27. I’m 26 now, but I promise I’ll live til I’m old as s**t.” (All Hip Hop)
The rapper’s New York City arrest made headlines in early June.
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)
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