Kid Cudi previewed his sophomore album, Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager, in New York City on Wednesday evening (October 27), during which he revealed he may slowing down when it comes to hip-hop to focus on a recently formed rock band.
The rapper says he and producer Dot Da Genius have formed a rock band called Wizard … and explained to MTV recently why he’s a little bored with rap and the typical format of a rapper doing a three-verse song.
“I don’t get any fulfillment out of it anymore. I don’t get fulfillment out of writing a 16. That’s why you don’t ever hear me on Kanye joints like that,” Cudi explained. “I’m more passionate when he’s like, ‘yo Cudi, come up with a hook.’ Cause he asks me to put verses down but I’ll try to procrastinate or disappear or something.”
As he continued, Cudi explained that he’d rather focus on the kind of singing fans can hear on his guitar-heavy single “Erase Me,” where he impersonates legendary rocker Jimi Hendrix in the video.
“I just really get more fulfillment out of singing now,” he said. “I’m teaching myself the guitar, that’s my new found love. I never thought that I could play an instrument. Picked it up, surprised myself. It’s been two and a half months, I’m already starting my next project. It’s a rock album, I’m doing a band with [producer] Dot [da Genius] called Wizard.”
At press time, it was unclear when we’d hear more from Wizard, but Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager is set to drop November 9.