Earlier this month, Kid Cudi penned a brave and heartbreaking letter to the public to reveal that he was checking into rehab to treat his depression and "suicidal urges." His words struck a personal chord with several of his fans, including Saturday Night Live's Pete Davidson, who credits the rapper's music and honesty for saving his life.
Davidson is a longtime fan of Cudi's and says Cudi's 2009 album, Man on the Moon, got him through a particularly dark time in his life. "Cudi's the best of all," he told DJ Envy, Angela Yee, and Charlamagne Tha God of Power 105.1's The Breakfast Club radio show. "He saved my life. I would’ve killed myself if I didn’t have Kid Cudi. If you're 25 and under, I truly believe that Kid Cudi saved your life."
He's quick to praise the rapper for seeking the help he needs, and stresses, again, that his music played a pivotal role in his own recover. "He's getting help now; he's doing really well right now," he told Charlamagne. "I've been in and out of things like that. I think that's why a lot of kids my age can relate to Cudi and people love him so much: He's a very emotional dude. He saves all of us. I would've killed myself, absolutely. I truly believe that if Man on the Moon hadn't come out I wouldn't be here. ... It's kind of comforting to know your hero goes through the same stuff you do."
The topic came up because of Drake's recent diss of Cudi, and Yee circles back to it after Davidson's commendable, candid remarks: Given everything that Cudi's going through, is Drake crossing a line by going after him at this particular time? Did he go too far?
You'd think that Davidson would be staunchly anti-Drizzy based on that logic, but for him, it's simple: The diss is less about Cudi and more about Drake, who in turn owes Cudi a lot for kickstarting his career.
"I think Drake's just gotta cover his own," he said. "That's all Drake's doing: He's just trying to cover his own brand. Someone insults your brand, you gotta stick up for yourself. But, you know, there would be no Drake without Cudi. Cudi put Drake in the 'Pursuit' video, back in '08, '09, and Drake became Drake the year after that. I just think he's the best. Kanye's new album? It's very Cudi-like. He's the shit."