Kid Cudi talks about his ups & downs from the past year, including taking prescribed medication and going to see a therapist.
Kid Cudi made waves in the rap game when he first blew up with "Day N Nite," and since then he's come and gone, with projects like WZRD distancing him from his rap-loving fans. Now he seems to be back on his hip-hop, as he works on his solo LPindicud.
Complex spoke to Cudder about his past year, and his ups & downs, including going on antidepressants. Cudi talks about taking prescribed medication on "Dr. Pill," on his WZRD album, although he says a lot of fans misconstrued it as referring to molly. Check out what he had to say on his therapy and taking antidepressants below.
Last time we spoke was in March. What’s been going on since then?
It’s been crazy for me. I took a trip on antidepressant lane for a little bit. After the WZRD song “Dr. Pill” everyone thought I was talking about molly or ecstasy. But I’m talking about prescription meds. I had just gotten a shrink. I was having an emotional breakdown with this breakup. I kept trying different pills for five months. It fucked me up.
You addressed that on “Just What I Am.”
They weren’t working. It was every side effect on the bottle. I couldn’t fuck. My body didn’t work. It was not good. I said, “Something’s wrong with me. What the fuck? Why do I feel like I want to punch an elephant?” [Laughs.] “Why am I so irritable?” I finally got off the pills and then I started feeling normal. My brain went back to where it needed to be. I was able to analyze things and get my shit together.
What about therapy? Was that helping you?
A year ago I wouldn’t even go to a therapist or psychiatrist. But I gave it a shot. It’s working for me but it’s not for everyone. I’ve got some fucking problems.[Laughs.] It’s good for me to talk to someone who helps me see things. I had no other choice.
I was like, “Damn, I have to take a pill in order to be OK?” It bothered me. That was a real good moment after I got off the pills. I started to feel like myself again. I was happy and shit. I don’t need anything to make me feel good. I just need to get my mind in check and stop trippin’ on bullshit. I need to stop letting motherfuckers break me down, and make me feel like shit. I got to be a little stronger for myself and for my family and my fans. I can’t be out here like some simp, letting something beat me down and make me feel like a peon. It was about reclaiming who I am. It’s like “All right, let’s go. It’s time. Fuck everyone.”
Take a look at Cudder's Complex cover for their February/March 2013 issue below. We already saw Rihanna's seven covers yesterday.