Kid Cudi has been having a pretty noteworthy year. From numerous single releases which include “Leader of the Deliquents” as well as the Eminem assisted “The Adventures of Moon Man and Slim Shady”, the musician is just getting started. For Cudi his potential expanded from beyond just music.
This year, Cudi has starred alongside Keanu Reeves in Bill & Ted Face The Music, and is a lead star in Luca Guadagnino’s HBO series We Are Who We Are. But despite it all, he’s still facing mental health issues and is finding his way, as he unveils all in a latest feature with Esquire.
To begin the interview, Cudi talked about his role in We Are Who We Are, revealing he couldn’t believe he got the role, admitting that his famous friend, Timothee Chalamet played no part in helping him get the role. Timothee had just played Kid Cudi’s music on set of the Oscar nominated film ‘Call Me By Your Name’.
Cudi also talks about wearing the infamous “Make America Great Again” red hat during an episode of the show, and relating it back to his close-friend and collaborator, Kanye West.
“I thought some people would be foolish about it and be like, ‘Oh, he must’ve talked to Kanye’ or ‘Kanye must’ve got to him’ or some shit like that,” Cudi says of the MAGA hat scene and his friend’s yearslong association with Trump. “I think he knows where I stand, and I think he doesn’t bring it up to me. We just don’t talk about it. I totally disagree with it; I think he knows that. And if he doesn’t know, he knows now”. “That’s my brother. I’ll go on record: That’s my brother. I love him,” Cudi goes on. “But that doesn’t mean I’m going to agree with everything he fucking says and he fucking does, you know?”
Moving along, Cudi also talked about checking himself into rehab back in 2016 and tracing the steps back to what led to that: “ I think I was just dealing with a lot of shit from years and years and years of trying to just hide things and not confront shit and self-medicate with alcohol and drugs,” Cudi says. “It was going to happen sooner or later. I’m happy it happened when it did, in a way where I was like, ‘Okay, now I need to get me some help. I feel that I’m going to break soon, and if I don’t fucking get help, shit’s going to get bad”.
Kid Cudi also talked about his friendships with Travis Scott, Jaden Smith, Timothee Chalamet, and Shia LaBeouf, who he says is his favorite actor.