In the grand scheme of things, Kid Cudi’s history of battling depression and suicide is not a rare occurrence. There are millions of people in the world that deal with the same thing, but within the world of Hip-Hop, his story is rather uncommon — at least being vocal about it is.
Since the beginning of his career, Cudi has always made it known that he was dealing with suicidal thoughts and depression since a very young age. Theres even this TED talk, one of my favs, that he did at his old high school, Shaker Heights in Cleveland, where he speaks on the inner issues he had during his years there.
Cudi shocked everyone when he penned an open letter on Facebook, stating that he’s been having suicidal thoughts and is checking himself into rehab to help his mental health. But just days before this letter, he was tweeting at haters and fakes in the industry, which he prominently directed straight to Kanye and Drake after praising real ones like ASAP Rocky. A lot of people speculated that Cudi went directly for Kanye and Drake because he’s fed up with Drake’s ghost writers and Kanye getting involved with Drake on a joint album.
Seems like Kanye and Drake are not on the same page about being called out by Cudi on Twitter.
Initially, Kanye used his floating stage to call Cudi out for talking shit on Twitter, but then changed his tune this past week when he took the same stage to sing Cudi’s verse from “Ultralight Beam” over the tune of “Waves,” asking fans to wish him well.
Drake was less sentimental. He just dropped a bunch of new music on his birthday, including a very disrespectful verse that got a lot of people upset. He stated in Two Birds One Stone ; “You were the man on the moon, now you go through your phases life of the angry and famous. Rap like I know I’m the greatest and give you the tropical flavors. Still never been on hiatus. You stay xan and perked up so when reality set in you don’t gotta face it ”
Low blow to say the least. As most people know, depression is rarely a ‘phase’ and is actually sometimes a lifelong battle that many don’t overcome. And as far as the drugs, well, that’s just a party of the never ending cycle when dealing with this disease. Thankfully he checked into rehab for professional help instead of self-medicating this time.
With all this being said, I personally love Kid Cudi and can’t thank him enough for all his music. “Man on The Moon” got me through tough times during my freshman year of college and conversely, “Hands on the Wheel” and “Pursuit of Happiness” were the soundtracks to some of my happiest memories. He encompasses a lot of what makes great music, great. Beyond that, he had the strength to introduce a lot of themes into Hip-Hop that never existed before, and for that, we can’t thank him enough.