Cudi worked with Cage and singer-songwriter St. Vincent on the MOTM II track "Maniac," which all of them performed — along with the Roots — on a recent episode of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.
This wouldn't be the first time Cudi has worked with an A-list actor. He starred on the HBO show "How to Make It in America," and actor Josh Hartnett produced his Jason Goldwatch-directed video for "The Pursuit of Happiness."
Cudi said he and Cage hooked up when he asked his A&R to reach out to an underground MC, and that he was glad Cage got back to him.
"I was just happy that he responded, because he's a hip-hop dude and at that point I didn't know how real hip-hop heads thought about me musically," said Cudi. "So I was like, 'Man, this dude is not going to mess with me. He's going to be like, "Man, what is this? Nah, I'm not really rocking with that." ' And I spoke to him on the phone and he was just mad cool."
Cudi alluded to the fact that he was on a lot of drugs when the two first connected, but that talking to Cage, who has also battled drug addiction in the past, helped him get through a lot. But Cudi was still unsure if Cage would like the collaboration he had in mind.
"At first I was looking at his expression and I was like, 'Man, he's probably going to hate this.' I never put it out there, but I always just brace myself in my mind, said Cudi. "Like, man, if he hates it, I ain't mad at him. ... [But] he was feeling it."
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