Kid Cudi stopped by The Arsenio Hall Show this weekend to promote his upcoming Need For Speed movie and opened up about his criticisms of hip hop music and culture. During the interview, Arsenio asked him, “If you could look into the camera and speak to your colleagues, what would you tell them that hip hop needs?” to which Cudi replied:
I think the braggadocio ‘Money, Cash, Hoes’ thing needs to be deaded. I feel like, that’s holding us back as a culture, as black people. It doesn’t advance us in any way, shape, or form. We’ve been doing that same thing for years now. It’s been like, four decades of the same old bullsh*t. Sorry for my language.
The 30-year-old rapper then went on to explain the responsibility that rappers have to the people listening to their music.
… I feel like, if you’re gonna be an artist, there’s a time where you just have to embrace the responsibility and understand the power of music is something so special and to be able to do it in this magnitude where you reach millions of people, it’s like, why not use that for good? Why not tell kids something they can connect with and use in their lives?
Really, my mission statement since day one, and Im getting so worked up talking about this, all I wanted to do was help kids not feel alone and stop kids from committing suicide.
Cudi then got personal and described his own battles with suicidal thoughts, noting that he is “alright” now but has definitely dealt with the issue of suicide in the not too distant past.
I dealt with suicide for the past five years. There wasn’t a week or day that didn’t go by where I was just like, ‘You know? I wanna check out.’ And I know what that feels like. And I know it comes from loneliness. I know it comes from not having self-worth, not loving yourself. These are things that kids don’t have music that can coach them and give them that guidance. I didn’t have that. I had to listen to Jay Z and take certain things from it and the other sh*t, I just didn’t know what he was talking about.
And now I’m 30 and I’m like, ‘Oh! That’s what Hov was talking about! I get it now!’ But what about the kids … you never had an artist where you connected with them all across the board, you know? And I think that’s my job. I’m just really just trying to guide people and help people because loneliness is a terrible, terrible thing, man and if you don’t know how to conquer it, it can eat you alive.
Take a look at the full interview clip below:
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