Kid Cudi Talks Kanye West, G.O.O.D. Music & ‘Indicud’

Are you more comfortable working with Kanye now than you were on other projects in the past?

Working with him now is still really scary. He has a specific vision for things and you want to get it right for him. When I don’t, I get frustrated with myself. Or, if he misunderstands something and then I’m like, “No. That’s not what I meant.” You just want to make it right and contribute. It’s a bummer if you don’t get what he wants at first, but you just keep at it and it’s always a group thing. It’s always going to be that pressure. I don’t think I’m never going to be comfortable in a studio with him? If that happens, it’d be awesome, but I’m always going to hold him in that high regard. I know some people say, “Oh, I can catch up to the guy that I was up under,” but I can never catch up to ‘Ye, even if he stopped now. I still hold him in that much of a regard as a legend so I’m always going to have that.

Everyone in G.O.O.D. Music can stand on their own. How does that play out while working on an album together?

It’s awesome because, besides the raps, we’ve got everybody submitting beats and Pusha will go off and work with his producers and then come into the studio and play us what he made and then we’re all like, “Oh shit! Can I jump on that?” And then it’s like, “Yeah, you can jump on that!” But then there’s also, “I had this one record for you specifically.” Everybody has their vision, and I’ve never really done any other compilations, but I know how we do, it and how we’ve been putting it together is a real unorthodox process. But it’s dope. It’s this really really dope factory of a bunch of creative people. It’s dope to watch and be a part of it and just be in the family.

What is the brotherhood like in G.O.O.D. Music?

It’s the only time where I feel like I’m around people that understand me. I felt like an orphan before then. It’s good for me, man. I don’t really click well with people. I don’t know what it is, but everybody in this family, I click with. From 2 Chainz to Big Sean to Q-Tip. I’ve been seeing Q-Tip since I’ve started in this business and he’s always had my back. You can look online and check. I’m just really happy that everybody embraced me and they don’t think I’m too much of a nut job. When you work with your family, it’s love behind every record and you want everybody to win. I love hearing Pusha rap. I love hearing his raps, man. It will never get old. I’ve told him that. And that’s the exciting thing. I’m around people that I’m a fan of, that I grew up on and shit, and I can watch them create and do what they do and I can contribute and be a part of history. It’s wild.

How is Cruel Summer warming you up for your next project?

I’ve been writing some really serious raps. I’ve been writing some shit that’s going to fuck people up. And it’s about that time that I let niggas know.