Kid Cudi Talks State of Hip-Hop, Suicidal Thoughts, & Surprise Album on ‘Arsenio’

Kid Cudi

With his movie Need for Speed in theaters, Kid Cudi stopped by “The Arsenio Hall Show” for a candid interview and performance. Wearing a Green Day T-shirt and ripped jeans, the 30-year-old rapper-turned-actor discussed the state of hip-hop, his surprise album, his struggles with depression, and using music to help others fight suicide.

“I think the money, cash, hos thing needs to be deaded,” said the former G.O.O.D. Music signee. “I feel like that’s holding us back as a culture, as black people. That doesn’t advance us in any way, shape, or form. We’ve been doing that thing for years now. It’s been like four decades of the same ol’ [expletive].”

When it comes to hip-hop, he doesn’t feel there are many people pushing the boundaries. “If anything, I’m the only one.”

With his own music, he’s had two missions. “All I wanted to do was help kids not feel alone and stop kids from committing suicide,” explained Cudi, who’s contemplated suicide himself.

“There wasn’t a week or a day that didn’t go by where I was just like, ‘You know, I wanna check out.’”

Last month, he took a gamble when he dropped his album Satelitte Flight: The Journey to Mother Moon on iTunes with only two hours notice, and it debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200. “I just wanted to do something different and it worked.”

He also listed his many pricey cars, from a Mercedes SLS to a Range Rover Autobiography, and shared some of his favorite bands.

Plus, he capped off the show with the first performance of “Internal Bleeding” off his latest album.

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  1. hih8er

    Am I the only one who notices that Kid Cudi looks waaaaaaaay different??? I think its his teeth; They’re huuuge!


    _Doleo Reply:

    @hih8er, he look different because he isn’t addicted to drugs anymore … He CLEAN


    Deejay Reply:

    @hih8er, I’ve been saying the exact same thing lately. Especially when he went on the Chelsea Lately show. He needs to downsize those gigantic ass veneers. They make him look creepy.


    Hih8er Reply:

    @Deejay, Exactly!!! Veneers are cool and all but it looks wierd when you get them way too big for your mouth, or if they look “too” perfect!


    Humz Reply:

    @Deejay, He’s looking like James Brown. Which could be good but it’s not.


    Croqque Reply:

    @hih8er, he shaved and he’s not high


  2. yOu

    No goatee and the mid top fade. I guess different look this year


  3. Sharp Tongue

    Something is really weird with his face.


  4. Croqque

    one minute he’s talking about how horrible and destructive braggadocio rap is, and the next he’s listing off his $1oo,ooo cars
    it’s fine to be contradictory, but this is a little absurd


    shawnn Reply:

    @Croqque, he was asked… he dint just start blabbing… get your mind right


  5. Beej

    Love Cudder, this was a good interview to watch.


  6. JACK

    He’s just upsetbecause hismusisn’t selling like hthought it would


    Formerly From Tokyo Reply:

    @JACK, It’s great to see someone so knowledgeable about the state of depression.


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