Maybe you've gotten your fill of Complex Magazine covers with the 7 different ones they released for the February/March 2013 issue in celebration of Rihanna's 7 albums.
However, Complex always has 2 separate covers and since 7 is an uneven number, you can assume that both covers don't feature Rihanna. Instead, this honor goes to the WZRD himself, Kid Cudi.
The 28-year-old Ohio rapper took a couple of really cool, yet morbid images for the issue and eventually ended up in a coffin, climbing out of the grave inside the magazine.
As you might expect, Cudi got a chance to speak with Complex on topics ranging from his producing skills, to how he feels about people who doubted him. He even addresses his addiction to prescription pills.
Check out some of the standout pieces from the interview!
Kid Cudi on his drug use and addressing the haters:
A year ago I wouldn’t even go to a therapist or psychiatrist. But I gave it a shot. It’s working for me but it’s not for everyone. I’ve got some fucking problems. [Laughs.] It’s good for me to talk to someone who helps me see things. I had no other choice.
I was like, “Damn, I have to take a pill in order to be OK?” It bothered me. That was a real good moment after I got off the pills. I started to feel like myself again. I was happy and shit. I don’t need anything to make me feel good. I just need to get my mind in check and stop trippin’ on bullshit. I need to stop letting motherfuckers break me down, and make me feel like shit. I got to be a little stronger for myself and for my family and my fans. I can’t be out here like some simp, letting something beat me down and make me feel like a peon. It was about reclaiming who I am. It’s like “All right, let’s go. It’s time. Fuck everyone.” [Laughs.]
Anyone that’s ever said anything negative, anyone that’s ever doubted me. I was a nice guy early in my career, and people in the business still found a way to call me a dick. Now I’m just like, whatever man. Fuck it. I’m trying to be nice to you cocksuckers and you don’t even deserve all that. It’s war. People don’t know what cool is.
Kid Cudi on his Father's death:
Dealing with him not being around to see my daughter and see me be a father has been hard though. These things were happening in my life where I was like, “Man, I wish my pops was here to see this.”
I never had those thoughts before fame, when my life was just a regular life. I wasn’t saying, “I wish my dad could be around and see me working at Applebee’s.” [Laughs.] It was a bummer, especially with all these extreme things that have been happening in the past couple years. I know he’s got my back and I can’t turn back the hands of time. So it’s all good.
Check out the full interview with Kid Cudi by Joe LaPuma in the February/March issue of Complex Magazine on the website, and check out photos of Cudi's spread in our gallery.