Shoot for the Moon: 8 Quotes From Kid Cudi’s Complex Interview


Scott Mescudi had been lowkey over the last few months, but with the release of SATELLITE FLIGHT: The Journey to Mother Moon he granted Complex another interview (his condo is their cover!). The lenghty read touched on a range of topics and here are some of the standout points we felt you should know about going in.

1. No Cudi is not Beyonce because of his unannounced album release, maybe in his wildest dreams:

“At the same time, watching Beyoncé drop definitely gave me the confidence and let me know that it could be executed. Like, ‘Oh yes! someone was the guinea pig and it worked.’ Perfect, now I can try. It’s a beautiful thing that it worked for me because I am not Beyoncé. Maybe in my wildest dreams on my prettiest day.”

2. The Cudder only raps when he feels fueled to do so:

“When it does happen it happens in the way of a “Too Bad I Have To Destroy You Now.” Where I’ve been waiting to unleash and I finally have and even though you haven’t heard many raps from me, it’s just enough to have you satisfied. Also, I aim for timeless. That’s always a goal.”

3. Yes, Kid Cudi has been sober for his recent tour and creative process:

“It was actually at the perfect time because I was getting ready to go on tour and I was telling myself, “Man, I don’t know if I can go another tour drinking after shows and partying on my off days and then having to do my shows and execute this shit to perfection. Something’s got to give.”

4. Yes, even without the acknowledgement the self-proclaimed Moon Man knows artists been using the emotional formula he and Kanye brought to mainstream on 808’s:

“I think everybody has a little Cudi in their heart. I think that it’s safe to say. We know the work I’ve put in and the mark I’ve made in hip-hop and in pop culture overall. It’s kind of awesome to know that I created a wave that was big enough to shift things and inspire people. So it’s cool at the same time, but we all want to be acknowledged for hard work.”

5. Sadly, Cudi still feels alone, but he is focused on the vision:

“I’ve been focused. So being alone has benefited me because I haven’t had people in my ear to rack my focus or people in my ear to fuck up my vision, fuck up my creativity, or throw me off balance.”

6. Kanye’s use of his vocals on “Guilt Trip” made him feel underused (still loved his outro, though!):

“I don’t know how to feel but I would’ve much rather been off that song. I don’t care to be on people’s songs like that. Unless it came from a legitimate session where we’re all vibing and have an idea.”

7. Nope, Justin Beiber has not recorded with him (Thank you, based God!):

“We were hanging out and he wanted to hear a new song, wanted to hear some new shit. I played himSatellite Flight. He was into it. Then he played me a couple of his jams and that was it. [Laughs.] There’s no song.”

8. Kid Cudi is no longer “the originator of the drunk tweet,” but still an originator nonetheless:

“I am the first Scott Mescudi to do what Scott Mescudi is doing. And that’s what I mean by I am the originator. Because at the end of the day, there’s a little Cudi in everyone.”

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