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Cudi’s gets massive respect from me, in any interview or appearance I have seen from him he’s always real honest and keeps it 100. Check some of the outtakes from the complex interview below.
Complex: You’ve got a great deal, but other newcomers have pretty good situations too, like J. Cole at Roc Nation and Drake at Universal. Are you looking forward to any healthy battles with other artists?
Kid Cudi: Man, I don’t care about that shit. What music should be about is standing out on your own to the point where you can’t compare niggas. Like, “Man, you can’t compare Kid Cudi to anyone!” I’m incomparable. I’m in my own zone and I work hard to be in my own zone. To try different, experimental things but do them in good taste. Some people get caught up and are like, “Aw man, Kid Cudi is doing collabs with all these indie bands. Maybe I should do that too!” And then they put the wack-ass rap over some electro Justice beat and think it’s some new shit just ’cause Wale did it. You have to do shit in good taste. You can’t just rap over some electro shit, you have to understand that scene. I understand that scene because I came up in that scene. So all my shit is really experimental and I’m trying to keep my sound and stay in my own realm. Some people you can’t just put in a battle.
Complex: And the comparisons between you and Drake…
Kid Cudi: Everyone loves competition. Like when they tried to make it seem like Drake and I had a beef and I had to take it to my blog and be like, “I just talked to this dude, I have his cellphone number, we text sometimes, there’s no beef.” Maybe we’ll do a Best of Both Worlds type shit. Bring Canada and United States together, who knows.
Complex: You’ve managed to stay out of beef pretty well, but what about the whole Consequence situation that happened early on when you were signed to G.O.O.D.?
Kid Cudi: He took it like I gave him a dry “what up” at the Q-Tip party, like I was trying to play him. But I was just completely obliterated out of my skull. And what I found strange was that I spotted him and made my way through the crowd to see him so I don’t see where the confusion would’ve come from, but I just would’ve liked for him to hit me up first. We’re human beings and sometimes we move off emotion. He felt disrespected and he felt like he had to do what he had to do. Me, personally, I would’ve just called the man and said “What’s poppin?” I would think twice before saying some negative shit, because we’re all in the same fam and the alliances have been made. So we talked about it and you know he apologized and everything was kinda like whatever. I told him how I felt he told me how he felt; we respected each other’s opinions, and that’s why we were able to flip it and keep it moving so quickly.
Complex: It was odd for him to put out that video, no?
Kid Cudi: It was like, “I wish I could just talk to him and see what’s wrong,” but the video was so aggressive that it put me in the “fuck it” mindset. No sweat off my sack, I didn’t do anything wrong, God knows I didn’t do anything wrong. I’m a fan of Consequences’ work, so I’m glad we were able to talk and squash it and it was daps and pounds. And ever since then me and Cons’ been tight. Ya’ll seen it from doing records and shows together. I got a joint that I’m doin’ on his album which is really fresh ; I did a hook for him and you know, G.O.O.D music is on the move. It’s an alliance.
Read the rest of the outtakes here