Photos: Kid Cudi on the Cover of Complex Magazine

Cudi did all that. Blew up off “Day N Nite,” made a psychedelic masterpiece with Man on the Moon, partied waaaaay out of control (check TMZ for the evidence), got arrested for kicking down a woman’s door with a jar of coke in his pocket, had a baby girl, quit the coke, fired his managers, and then quit the weed. In three years. If he were Dewey Cox, that would put him in the mid-’70s, hosting a TV show and struggling with sobriety-induced writer’s block. Hmm.

So, that last interview you did with Complex was…explosive. [Laughs.]
Yeah, it was a doozy! [Laughs.] You know, I was clean then, but I still had, like, a drug hangover.

Is that drug hangover why you disappeared after you released your second album?
I wanted to clear my head, besides detox. I had to look at the root of the whole problem, and that was work and the business.

How so?
I wasn’t trying to hear it from nobody. I’m not even going to attack the people in my life that didn’t step in and try to stop it, ’cause I was just so bullheaded. There’s no way to slow somebody when they’re speeding down a path of destruction.

I thought I was dealing with it in the proper way. I was in the moment. And when you’re that young, with that opportunity, all that money, and all that respect and power, sometimes you run with it. ’Cause I was like, “Man, you don’t know if this shit’s gon’ be here tomorrow.”

Read Full Interview at COMPLEX