The Kid is alright. While he’s shied away from the media in recent years, Kid Cudi reveals that he’s the “best I’ve ever been in my life.”
The Cleveland rapper graces the latest cover of Billboard in an in-depth interview, where he discusses his battle with anxiety, depression, and “suicidal urges,” which he detailed in an open letter on Facebook in 2016.
“I was in a really bad place, and at the time, I felt like I was letting a lot of people down,” he says. “It was really hard for me to even write that letter, but I needed to be honest with the kids. I needed to. I couldn’t live a lie. I couldn’t pretend to be happy.”
But at the age of 34, he’s happier than he’s ever been. “I’m the best I’ve ever been in my life,” he reveals. “I realized I was genuinely happy, and there’s nothing really going on in particular. Just being 34, to be still doing what I love. Taking care of my responsibilities, and my daughter’s good and my family’s good. Creating is making me happy again.”
After a turbulent past, he reconnected with his mentor and friend Kanye West and recorded Kids See Ghosts, which took a year-and-a-half to create. The seven-track album debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. And there’s more where that came from. “There are some songs that we didn’t use that I’m hopeful we can put out later,” he says. “But the plan is to do more Kids See Ghosts albums.”
In addition to music, Cudi is working on a TV show with Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions and a clothing collaboration with French brand APC. “I definitely know myself better than I ever have,” he explains. “I’ve arrived at this point of feeling 34. When I was 30, I didn’t feel 30. I still felt younger than my age. I felt like I was going to get some type of wisdom, something was going to hit me when I turned 30. It didn’t happen. It came a little later for me, but it’s here, and it feels great.”