Fresh from debuting their monster 7-cover special with Rihanna, Complex magazine are now ready to show off their accompanying Kid Cudi cover for the February/March issue of the magazine. Going for a darker theme in opposition to Riri’s bright and fun covers, Cudi encapsulates a ‘life after death’ theme for his photo shoot..
No stranger to Complex magazine with four covers already under his belt, Cudi returns for his fifth to promote his fifth album Indicud. Building up high hopes for his upcoming project, Cudi will not only be rapping and singing on the LP, but is also taking care of most of the production, as well as enlisting other artists to feature on the project.
Giving his opinion on the state of music at the moment, Cudi was typically forthcoming with his thoughts. “Hip-hop needs a wake-up call,” he says. “I don’t think hip-hop is terrible, or it’s dead and all that bullshit. It’s better than it’s been in a long time. It’s just some industry shit. It’s super weak. Nobody’s authentic.”
And his way of staying out of the ‘industry shit’? “A lot of [what I'm doing] is accompanied by anarchy. That’s what I’m doing: musical anarchy. Fuck the system. I don’t do radio shows. That’s not how I want to project my art. It doesn’t make me a bad person. It doesn’t make me a dick. It makes me someone who doesn’t want to do what everyone else is doing to get music out.”
But there are some artists in the game that he likes and would work with if given the chance. “A$AP [Rocky] and Schoolboy Q. I like those guys a lot. They know this. I would love to produce something for them. Just make a beat and a hook and let them do their thing. I’m down to make a beat and let niggas kill it. That’s fun to me. That’s just another way of me showing off.”
Opening up about his private life, the Cleveland-native was pretty candid about recent tought imes he’d been through. “I took a trip on antidepressant lane for a little bit. After the WZRD song ‘Dr. Pill’ everyone thought I was talking about molly or ecstasy. But I’m talking about prescription meds. I had just gotten a shrink. I was having an emotional breakdown with this breakup. I kept trying different pills for five months. It fucked me up.”
Thankfully, he’s doing a lot better now something that he credits partly to going to therapy sessions. “It’s working for me but it’s not for everyone,” he explains. “I’ve got some fucking problems. [Laughs.] It’s good for me to talk to someone who helps me see things. That was a real good moment after I got off the pills. I started to feel like myself again. I was happy and shit.
“I need to stop letting motherfuckers break me down, and make me feel like shit. I got to be a little stronger for myself and for my family and my fans. It was about reclaiming who I am. It’s like ‘All right, let’s go. It’s time. Fuck everyone.’”
Check out the full photoshoot and video interview below. For the full article, go to Complex.com.