Appearing on “The Arsenio Hall Show” last week, Grammy-nominated rapper Kid Cudi offered some really great advice for the rap industry — advice that many people hope the industry will take to heart.
“I think the braggadocio, money, cash, hoes thing needs to be deaded,” he said. “I feel like that’s holding us back as a culture, as black people. It doesn’t advance us in any way, shape or form. We’ve been doing that same theme for years now. It’s been like what, four decades of the same old bulls**t.”
Cudi continued: "If you're going to be an artist, there's a time where you just have to, you know, embrace the responsibility and understand that the power of music is something so special and to be able to do it on this magnitude where you reach millions of people -- it's like why not use that for good? Why not tell kids something they can connect with and use in their lives?"
The rapper, wearing what looked like a Green Day T-shirt, then started to get emotional as he revealed the "mission statement" of his rapping career, which he says has always been to "help kids not feel alone" and "stop kids from committing suicide."
The rapper’s comments mean he is on the exact same page as Fox News host Bill O’Reilly, who recently told Valerie Jarrett to advise President Barack Obama to tell “gangsta rappers” to stop glorifying violence, money and drugs.
Watch the video of Cudi's interview here:
(H/T: Daily Surge)