After Four Decades Of Bull$#*t, Rapper Kid Cudi Has Had Enough

If you haven't listened to Kid Cudi's "Man on the Moon" albums, go do that as soon as possible. His struggles with suicide and the current social climate are apparent in many of his songs, but watching him speak candidly about the direction of hip-hop and the lack of role models is really cool to see.

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Arsenio Hall: If you could look into the camera and speak to your colleagues what

would you tell them that hip hop means? What does hip hop need to do?

Kid Cudi: I think the braggadocio, money, cash, hos thing needs to be gutted. I feel like

that's holding us back as a culture, as black people.

Arsenio Hall: Mm-hm.

Kid Cudi: It doesn't… that doesn't advance us in any way, shape, or form. We’ve been

doing that same thing for years now. It's been what, like four decades of the same old [bleep].

Sorry for my language.

Arsenio Hall: Mm-hm.

Kid Cudi: And I feel like, you know, if you're going to be an artist there’s a time where

you just have to, you know, embrace the responsibility and understand that the power of music

is something so special and to be able to do it on this magnitude where you reach millions of

people... It's like why not use that for good? Why not tell kids something that they can connect

with and use in their lives. And like really my mission statement since day one . . .

Arsenio Hall: Mm-hm.

Kid Cudi: . . . And I'm getting so worked up talking about this.

Arsenio Hall: OK.

Kid Cudi: All I wanted to do was help kids not feel alone . . .

Arsenio Hall: Mm-hm.

Kid Cudi: . . . and stop kids from committing suicide because… thank you. And I'm

never try to be political. I'm actually like, shaking. I can't believe I’m saying this but . . .

Arsenio Hall: Those two specific things.

Kid Cudi: Yeah. Yeah.

Arsenio Hall: Where does that come from?

Kid Cudi: Well, I dealt with suicide for the past five years. You know, like, there wasn't

a week or a day that didn't go by where I was like, you know, I want to check out. You know?

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. And these are things that, you know, 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 then the other [bleep] I just didn't know what he was talking


Arsenio Hall: Yeah. Yeah.

Kid Cudi: And like now I'm 30 and I'm like, oh, that's what Hov was talking about.

Arsenio Hall: Yeah.

Kid Cudi: I get it now, you know. But what about the kids who, you know, you’ve

never really had an artist where you connected with them all across the board. You know? And

I think that that's my job. I'm just really just trying to guide people and help people because, you

know, loneliness is a terrible, terrible thing, man. And if you don't know how to conquer it, it can

eat you alive.

Arsenio Hall: How are you right now?

Kid Cudi: I'm good. I'm all right. I'm all right.

There may be small errors in this transcript.

This clip is from "The Arsenio Hall Show" and stars Kid Cudi. See more clips on the Arsenio YouTube page.

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