Kid Cudi fans may want to cherish his new album Entergalactic, because it could be his last — under his musical alias, anyway.
During an interview with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe earlier this week ahead of the project’s arrival, the Cleveland, Ohio native revealed he’s contemplating putting his music career “on the back burner” and “closing the chapter on Kid Cudi.”
“The Kid Cudi stuff, I think I want to put it on the back burner and chill out with that,” he said. “I think, I want to be done with it. I think, closing the chapter on Kid Cudi.”
“The goal for Entergalactic, I was bored of making albums. Just, doing an album, two music videos and that’s it. And I was like, ‘Man, I went into this wanting to do something epic and different.’ And now, that I’ve done that, I just… I’ve made a lot of music, man.”
While he didn’t rule out recording new material in the future, the Lonely Stoner admitted he’s done with the traditional album-and-tour cycle and is ready to focus on other creative ventures, as well as raising his 12-year-old daughter Vada.
“I’ve said a lot and I have other desires, I have other things I want to do,” he continued. “And I do not see me never making music, I’ll always fuck around in the studio, or make something here and there. But, as far as getting in the studio and working on an album, and then going and touring it, I just don’t have it in me. I don’t have the desire.
“I have so many other things I want to invest my time into… I really want to spend more time with my daughter. You know what I’m saying? We’ve been kicking in a lot lately and I’ve been having more time and it’s good, she’s growing up, our relationship is super tight. It’s what I always dreamed of.”
Released on Friday (September 30), Entergalactic marks Kid Cudi’s most ambitious offering so far. A first-of-its-kind fusion of music and visuals, it includes a 15-song album and accompanying animated Netflix series created with black-ish mastermind Kenya Barris.
Both are star-studded affairs; the album boasts collaborations with 2 Chainz, Ty Dolla $ign and Don Toliver, while the series features the voices of Timothée Chalamet, Vanessa Hudgens and Jessica Williams, as well as Cudi himself as the main character, Jabari.
While the storyline is centered around love, fashion also plays a big role, with Cudi’s late friend, Virgil Abloh, serving as an inspiration behind the characters’ “fresh” wardrobes.
Yet Entergalactic is also a reminder of the very areas that Scott Mescudi wishes to further explore outside of music. The 38-year-old launched his own production company, Mad Solar, in 2020, followed by his first clothing line, Members of the Rage, earlier this year.
As he told Zane Lowe, his focus now lies with these two projects. “I want to just write more TV shows, write more movies, produce more,” he said. “I just want to focus on Mad Solar Productions and just get that shit out a little bit more.”
He added: “And then, on the side, I got my clothing line that’s debuting in January, in Paris, during fashion week. So, I got those two things I’m really focused on and just designing and writing and that’s where I see myself headed.”
Kid Cudi’s comments about “closing the chapter” on his alter-ego echo those of fellow multi-hyphenate Donald Glover, who in 2017 hinted at retiring his musical moniker, Childish Gambino, which came from a Wu-Tang Clan name generator.
“Being punk just always felt really good to me and we always looked at Atlanta as a punk show and I feel like the direction I would go with Childish Gambino wouldn’t be punk anymore,” he told Huffington Post.
During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! earlier this year, though, Glover revealed he’s been “making a lot of music” under his alter-ego, so there may be hope for Cudi fans in the future.