With the Need for Speed movie in theaters, Kid Cudi stopped by The Arsenio Hall Show this week to discuss the film, his music, and offer a performance.
Specifically, the rapper/actor talked about the state of hip-hop, his recently released surprise album, struggles with depression, and using music to help others fight suicide. “I think the ‘money, cash, hoes thing’ needs to be deaded,” Cudi explained. “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’ sh*t.”
As far as hip-hop, he feels like he’s the only one pushing the boundaries, but also hopes he’s helping others cope via his music. “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.’ ”
In February, Cudi took fans by surprise, when he dropped Satelitte Flight: The Journey to Mother Moon on iTunes with only two hours notice. It debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200. “I just wanted to do something different and it worked.”
Also, being that he’s in the new Need For Speed movie, he ran down some of his pricey cars, and later, he performed “Internal Bleeding” off his latest album.