Fresh Start: Kid Cudi Talks Rebirth, Show Pilot and Future In Music with Billboard

In a brand new interview with Billboard magazine, Kid Cudi spoke about being in a better place mentally, creating a show pilot with “Get Out” creator Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw productions, his time in Wyoming with Kanye West and his plans for the industry.  In October 2016, Kid Cudi shared a melancholy Facebook post that he spoke candidly about his depression, revealing that he was stepping away to enter into rehab and to regain himself. Since then Cudi, born Scott Mescudi, has risen from the ashes like a Phoenix and reassured himself and his fans that he is “reborn and better than ever before.”

Here are some of his best quotes from the interview:


Cudi on being better mentally and genuinely happy:

I’m just creating a lot, with more love in my heart for what I’m doing and for myself. Living a healthy life, keeping my family around and staying on a mission, which is making music that means something. I’m focusing on my art again and throwing myself back into it and wanting to write something with more of a positive outlook on things because I’ve written the dark so well for so long. I wanted to bring the opposite of that, you know? I’m at a place where I was able to do that. It took me so long to get to that place, and I was really excited to write from that standpoint when I got there.

Cudi on working with Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw productions and collaborating with Fashion Brand “APC”:

Creating is making me happy again. I’ve been working on this TV show secretly for four years. I’m [in early development] on a pilot and getting it right. Monkeypaw Productions is [in talks to] produce it — Jordan Peele’s company. I’ve got this little collaboration I’m doing with [the French clothing brand] APC that’s coming out soon. I definitely know myself better than I ever have.

Cudi on working with Kanye West in Wyoming and Plans for Kids See Ghosts’ future releases:

It was like camp, like a super camp where all the fucking creatives go to create. We ate together. We laughed together. Chilled. It was really cool to be around Nas. That was the illest. We’d be chilling in the room, and then Nas would leave and we’d be like, “That’s fucking Nas.” We’d be asking him questions about coming up in Queens, did he know Biggie, all these questions. I had a ball out there, man. Kanye had his family around. He had his dad there. And we knew what songs we wanted to use. There are some songs that we didn’t use that I’m hopeful we can put out later. But the plan is to do more Kids See Ghosts albums.

Cudi on his 10-year long legacy in the Entertainment business:

“It was my intention to inspire, to change things. I wanted to infect the game with my energy and my beliefs on how to create music. My rules. I didn’t know how many people would catch on, but I knew the right people would. The thinkers. It’s 2018, [and] we’re talking about music I made 10 years ago. That’s wild. I’ve influenced people, and it makes me feel good about the stuff that I’ve done. I don’t think about sales. I’m in a good place creatively, and it’s a beautiful thing to know that there’s people still out there that want to listen to what I’ve got to say. I’ve never really thought about my legacy too much. But things are going to get a lot more trippy, and I’m into that. I like where we’re headed.

You can read the entire interview here on or pick up the July 21 issue of Billboard at your nearest bookstore or newsstands. 

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