interviewed Kid Cudi this past September right before the release of his debut album Man On The Moon: The End of Day, over the phone, from Toronto to New York. It wasn’t very exciting. Scott Mescudi aka Kid Cudi is pretty reserved, inattentive, and unwilling to tell stories, but, since the guy is nominated for a Grammy I thought I might as well shed some light on this already radiant personality..
Hey dude, nice to get a chance to speak with you again. Are you happy to be back in New York?
Man, so happy. I've been on the road for about two months so it's good to be back in the New York swing.
Yeah I guess you've been traveling a lot lately. What's your favourite spot?
I love Australia, I love Sweden. In Sweden, the women are just so hot. Their vibe is so amazing. You feel like every girl out there was genetically altered to just be hot. I did not see one ugly woman out there, it was just a line of continuously hot girls.
Do you ever have lucid dreams?
Yeah I mean like, my dreams are like really intense and sporadic. They're random and some of them I don't know what the hell I'm thinking.
What was your last dream about?
Ah man that's kind of personal. Your dreams are like looking at a page of your diary.
Yeah, I mean...
You just have to get the album.
Ok. So I hear you recorded some reference tracks for Blueprint 3? What was that like? Recording a track for Jay-Z to imitate as his own?
I had to think like I was Jay-Z and that was really nerve-wracking. It was a challenge. I was nervous at first and I ended up doing good.
Are you working on any other side projects?
The TV show I'm shooting, it’s called How To Make It In America, it’s executive produced by Mark Wahlberg and everyone else who made Entourage. It’s really going to be a very dope comedy.
Are you into horoscopes?
Oh, not at all.
Today yours says that someone with an inflated ego will be digging their own grave today and you should just let them.
Oh ok *laughing* I'll keep that in mind.
The album art is pretty cool.. where'd that come from?
I always wanted to have ill covers. Something next level that's still vintage, like if you saw my album cover with a bunch of dirt on it, you'd think it's from the 70s. You couldn't pick up a typical hip-hop album, put some dust and some dirt on it, find it, and think it's from the 70s.
Who’s your favourite person that you met this year?
Mike Tyson. I met him at the Teen Choice Awards. I was like “Iron Mike!” and he hit my shoulder like “Whattup Cudi!”. He said my name. I was really thrown off, besides the fact that I almost got my arm dislocated.
Where do you see yourself in the next ten, fifteen, twenty years?
*long pause* I have no idea dude. That's an intense question.
Yeah, do you have any guesses?
I just hope I'm alive, man.
I guess so. Alright man. Good talking to you.
Originally published in Winter 2009, Issue 4.1.