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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