Kid Cudi talks new album, sobriety, more

Cudi interviews, especially this revealing, are few and far between. Fortunately, and coming with perfect timing, Cud sits down with his Complex pal Joe La Puma for a real-time reflection on his surprise album release just a couple nights ago. But that’s not all: Cudi reveals that he has been sober since going on tour last fall and that Satellite Flight is the first album he’s created completely sober.

Other highlights include Cudi’s detailed discussion of “pulling a Beyonce” for the album’s release, the experimenting and freedom in crafting the album, more on feeling happy being sober and how that’s affected his work, being inspired by Hit-Boy to rap again, feeling alone in the industry (and exposing some of the fakeness he’s experienced — a recurring theme throughout the interview), specific songs on ‘Satellite Flight’, and stories that explain the image of his latest features with Kanye West and the “studio session” with Justin Bieber.

That’s just the summation of the topics in this in-depth read. It’s a must for Cudi fans — really another reminder why we are fans because Cudi just breaks it down 100% real, and it’s all coming from a healthy, level-headed place. Plus, it’s a testament to good journalism as Cudi’s longtime working relationship with La Puma clearly made for an open conversation. Props all around. Here’s the link for the full interview and just a small sampling of quotes below that may further reel you in.

Deciding on 4 instrumentals for the album:

Experimenting. That’s the fun part. I get a lot of joy from being able to have that freedom. It’s never too nerve-wracking either.

On his latest Kanye West features:

Then I started thinking about it more. It was like, Why not call me and have me come in there and give it? Why underuse me? Why put four bars of vocals to coax my fans into thinking this is a legitimate Kid Cudi feature on this song and it isn’t? Same deal with the G.O.O.D. Music album, the compilation. Had I not given Kanye “Creepers” my only presence would’ve been on that one song, that I can’t even remember the title for. [“The Morning” —Ed.] I would’ve barely been on that album.

Reflecting on the journey:

But this industry made me crazy, corrupted my mind a bit. That helped to create this project to get my sound back, to get my subject matter back, to get my confidence as an artist and just discover who I am. And get my mind on the right track, the right track to inner peace and happiness.

Read the Kid Cudi Complex Interview in full here.

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