Kid Cudi's music, and life, has always been an open book. For better or worse the pages of that book have always been a fascinating read, and in a new Billboard interview Cudi insists that he's opening a new chapter in his career, one that will bring him back closer to his beginnings.
After powerfully speaking about how low he was at the valley of his drug addiction and depression, calling it "a living nightmare," the talk turned to the caustic response to his Speedin' Bullet 2 Heaven album, which he admits shook him and caused him to question if he really had fans. But if there's any positive that's going to come from Speeding Bullet, it's that the response has apparently inspired him to get back to his rap roots.
But I’m coming back to do what I love, which is rap....We’re trying to dominate the year. I’m really fed up about the questioning of my talent and musical abilities. I’m about to show motherf-uckersrs what time it is...Everybody that’s out here that thinks they’re dope, your crew’s got you gassed. Instagram and Twitter got you gassed. Your likes and favorites got you gassed. I’m about to show n---s what’s nice.
Now that sounds like some good ol' fashioned rap bragging; it looks like we might just get Cudi to put down the guitar, pick up a mic and go on the war path. While I'm all for artists expanding their creative boundaries, on the whole I'd consider Cudi circling back to his rap roots good news, although it came paired with some bad news for hardcore Cudi fans hoping to ever hear his long-awaited Man on the Moon 3 album.
Honestly, I was ready to live up to the obligation and do Man on the Moon 3. I haven’t been dicking around. I was planning on doing it after Speedin’ Bullet. But the Speedin’ Bullet response tore me up. It made me realize what’s most important...I don’t even feel obligated to do Man on the Moon 3 anymore. As of right now, people should just get that off their mind. That’s not ever going to happen. It’d be different if the first two were platinum. They’re not even platinum! Man on the Moon 1 is like 860,000 sold. It’s hanging on by a thread
Frankly I doubt Cudi can compete as an elite rapper in 2016. He was never the kind of emcee that was going to roll through and control the rap game, and once you step out of the Best Alive competition for even a moment it can be nearly impossible to get back into the race. But like everything Cudi does, it's going to be fascinating watching him try.
Your move, Mr. Mescudi.