Stardom made Kid Cudi realize that he wasn't alone in his troubles. The sometimes-embattled rapper/singer released his sophomore album, Man On the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager, on Tuesday (November 9), and he told MTV News that his fans encourage him to continue his art.
"When I became famous, it blew my mind to see how many people got me," Cudi said. "This sh-- is overwhelming."
The G.O.O.D. Music member said that many musicians say they appreciate their fans, but not as much as he does.
"Most artists be like, 'I love my fans,' but it's like, 'No, I really love my fans,' because when I'm down and I'm struggling ... it'd be times where I might have a lot going on and I'm overloaded, and then as soon as I walk onstage, I see the [fans cheering], it's a wrap," Cudi said with a smile. "I don't worry about nothing, because I know they're really like, 'Yo, we get you. We're locked in. Just do your thing. You'll be all right.' "
One of the more emotionally open rappers, Cudi admitted to indulging in quite a few vices to survive his daily grind on his debut LP, Man on the Moon: The End of the Day.
"You have to understand that, literally, everything I said on my first album is true," Cudi said. "I felt at some point like no one really understood me ... but a few. And those people are still in my life ... they're my buddies from when I was young. Outside of them, I had friends and acquaintances, but I never really felt like people got me."
Now Cudi is ready to pay that fan appreciation forward, saying, "That's why it's important that I have a responsibility as a friend, man. I look at it like we're all just like new friends."