Kid CuDi Speaks On New Album "Wizard,” Not Wanting To Do Features

Scott explains why he won't hop on tracks with just anyone and how kicking his drug habit inspired his upcoming project.

Kid CuDi has been at work on his upcoming rock album Wizard, his project with Dot Da Genius under the name 2 Be Continuum. In Complex magazine's October/November cover story, Cudders explained that the album spawned from flushing the drugs out of his system and wanting to learn an instrument as a hobby.

“I always wanted to play guitar. I tried it as a child and failed, tremendously. I tried to play the trumpet, the fucking clarinet, violin. Back then, when you tried that in school they would want you to read sheet music. It wasn’t about, ‘Can you play by ear?’ I’m not one of those musicians,” he said. “So I picked up the guitar last fall and I started fiddling with it. It came kind of natural to me. I’m not saying that the first time around I was shredding riffs. But I was able to pick it up and pick, and go up and down the neck, and find melodies. I was like, ‘Shit, I want to just make jams with this instrument.’ It was something that I took very seriously.”

He also explained why he has scaled back on contributing verses to others’ projects, stating that he’s more than willing to hop on tracks with Jay-Z and Kanye West but is picky about other guests.

“I'm not interested in being someone’s look. And that’s what it is nowadays—a look. It’s hard for me to charge people, because I do my stuff for free. I do all my stuff with Jay and Kanye on the house, because it’s a brotherhood. Besides them, I can’t really hit nobody with a fee, because then that’s a dispute. What I want to charge, motherfuckers might not have a budget for!” said CuDi, who is also collaborating with Wale on a new cut. “On top of that, it’s a commitment when you do a song with somebody. Like, ‘We need a single, we need the video.’ And then—like I said in the last interview, being that I don’t fuck with most people musically—it’s tough for me to want to bend and be a part of people’s projects.”

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  • Stephanie Lee

    Everyone go to you tube and listen to Billy Golemme Island Song!!!! NOW!!! inspired by Kid Cudi!!! listen and comment!!! THANK YOU!!

  • Yoyoyo

    Stop hating. It may fail, it may be good, but talking shit on the idea is not going to change it and who the fuck cares its not like kid cudi is the only rapper. He isn't the only dude makin new rap music....chill and let him do his thing. This dude brings a sound no one else has.

  • Ryan

    Cudi even said himself he doesnt consider himself a rapper, He considers himself An Artist and his songs are his masterpieces His music is a blend of Numerous styles of music which makes cudi so unique, I mean The Fuck with genre anyways!? cudi is a multi-Genre Artist with no limit to his music. fucking talent

  • DR Jam

    He does have a point. However, for his sake, he should at least do collabos for mix-tapes or just mess around in the studio. Other people may inspire him to come with new stuff. But when it comes to his LP, go solo and do something beginning, a development, and a conclusion--something classic.

  • lol

    He doesn't need to charge. He'll still get money from track sales regardless.

  • Anonymous

    lets be real, this dude dont even rap hes basically just a singer

  • Hip Hop Expert

    I'ma let you ignorant people know who really belongs to the top 10 best rappers dead or alive (no order): Soulja Boy (whenever he rhymes, he goes superman, YOOOU) Birdman (hunin' million dollars, nuff said) Lil' B (let's face it, the only reason why Lil' B isn't top 10 in every list, it's because he's gay, but he is one of the legends) OJ Da Juiceman (he is a lyrical monster, OKAY?) Wacka Flocka Flame (the way he nods his head? Damn he a beast) Gucci Mane (will be forever known as the rapper with the best wordplay, BURR) Gudda Gudda (everyone knows that weezy ain't shit if he don't write his lyrics, "Gudda Gudda, I put her under") Fat Joe (unforgettable words, CAUCA, CRACK, he isn't fat, he's just full of talent) Bizzare (just like Gudda Gudda, he ghostwrites for Eminem, and he also is full of greatness) Diddy (name one rapper who can dance like Diddy, you just can't) Now, each of you understand why me, Hip Hop Expert, tells you that this rappers should be in the top 10 best rappers of all time, cause I'm the expert, not you.

    • The REAL Hip Hop Expert

      I know this is a joke and all, but seriously, Lil B really is one of the great rappers in this day and age. He gets attention with his over the top nonsense rap but then hits you with some crazy knowledge philisophical rap that nobody expects. Hes real.

    • seriously?

      Your a joke. I honestly couldnt stop but giggle at your top 10 shit. Seriously Soulja Boy, seriously? Soulja boy is the epitome of shitty rap. Sence your such a "rap expert" I guess i'm wrong but I personally do not buy or support any of those "top 10". Honestly soulja boy? I can't believe that its insain. Name a song by him that is actually Clever, unique, or at least not repeating the same fucking line over and over. He is a punk peice of shit that makes me embarrest to listen to him in middle school. P.s. i love how you base your "top 10" off of irrelevant facts thats have nothing to do with "rap" such as fucking dancing and nodding your head? but them again I'm no expert...

    • DR Jam

      I agree and respect your list. And you definitely have more credibility than I do since you're the EXPERT. But please Mr. Expert, rethink Fat Joe. He clearly doesn't fit in that list. Shame on you for including himn among such names.

    • Anonymous

      are you gonna post that shit on every article? thats not really that funny but its cool you have nothing better to do with your life then spam hhdx with that bullshit

  • Greg Kirby

    Kid CuDi + Tech N9ne, say no to that one....

  • shawn carter

    Waynes rebirth wasnt a Rock Album it was Rap on hard beats and the fucker wayne thinks it was Rock, look at the ratings it was a bust...Cudi respects music enough to make a real rock album he will pull through...Fuck YMCMB Fuck Wayne

  • Mu

    Rock-n-Roll is dead... I wish these muhfuckas would stop experimenting with other genres and do what got them their fans in the first place

  • SuperGucciRap

    Out of all the freshmen rappers, this guy is the worst along with that pussy B.o.B and Lupe Fiasco. This guy just mumbles throughout the whole song and everyone considers him as a good rapper? LOL and this nigga quit rap to make a genre so irrelevant that the only rock song even charting is a fucking indie band. Besides fuck this cornball. Here are the rappers who sold out to be cornballs and make music for girls and faggots: Kid Cudi B.o.B Drake Wiz Khalifa Big Sean Wale Mac Miller Asher Roth Yelawolf Charles Hamilton Lupe Fiasco J. Cole. They all suck. It's Gucci Time!

    • Anonymous

      if you actually listened to the fucking lyrics you would understand wouldn't you ? but no your prolly to fuckin illiterate and stupid to comprehend what the fuck he's saying. gtfo here and good listen to your fuckin hood rap you piece of shit.

    • idiot

      Yeah kid cudi sucks...his rymes are all so un-orginal and un-clever.....*sarcasm to all you dumbasses* Fucking idiot go listen to your Soulja Boy shit you like. He actually doesnt mumble but if you cant actually figure out what he is saying go look up the lyrics and tell me he sucks. If you dont like Kid cudi then fine but Dont be an complete retard spreading your hate

    • Anonymous

      LOL @ this dude trying to deny that Nas fell the fuck off.

    • Anonymous

      Did you not hear 'Hip-Hop Is Dead' and 'Nigger'? Nas totally fell the fuck off.

    • theCool

      Its Gucci time? I was about to tear into you with everything Lupe Fiasco has brought to hip hop up until Lasers, but I think you pretty much fucked yourself already. Kid Cudi isn't bad at all. Your absolutely valid to your opinion, but you can't tell me that ALL of Kid Cudi is bad. The fact you threw Lupe under the bus makes me wonder what the fuck your even on besides some hater shit. B.o.B. Drake Wiz Mac Miller, all terrible artists. I like some Wiz here and there, but not enough to suggest he's get much talent. But fucking Wale Yelawolf and J Cole suck? Man I just don't know about that. Next I'ma here Nas fell off and Tech N9ne is worse than Opera music. You make it seem like every dude to start poppin' up in the past 5 years is hopeless. know your role.

  • Anonymous

    wdf why is doing rock?

  • Anonymous

    kid cudi-weed=who cares about kid cudi

  • MuddyDonut

    I bet this album will be terrible.

  • Its Um

    I feel you, if I was an artist I wouldn't want to be doing all this stuff for people when I got my other project I'm working on and I want to have it out by this date, also I wouldn't people on my project unless they are singers who are able to tour with me.

  • Anonymous

    this guy is truly a dumbass if he giving jay-z and kanye verses or hooks hooks for free hopefully we wont have to hear another rebirth album

    • Mu

      While I can understand the "brotherhood" and him not wanting to charge them dudes, they are some of the few artists who DO have it in their budget to pay him what he wants for a feature!

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