Scott Mescudi, aka "Kid Cudi" (AP/Chris Pizzello)

"Lonely stoner" Kid Cudi checks into rehab for depression and suicidal urges

The "Man on the Moon" rapper posts an emotional letter to social media announcing the voluntary treatment


Taylor Link
October 5, 2016 6:48PM (UTC)

Hip-hop artist Kid Cudi checked himself into rehab on Tuesday, citing depression and suicidal urges. Cudi posted an emotional letter on his Facebook page late Tuesday night to announce the voluntary treatment.

“Yesterday I checked myself into rehab for depression and suicidal urges," Cudi, born Scott Mescudi, wrote. "I am not at peace. I haven’t been since you’ve known me. If I didn’t come here, I would’ve done something to myself."

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Kid Cudi’s struggle with drugs and depression is well-documented and a central theme in his music. The “Man on the Moon” star found fame partly because his music resonated with distressed Millennial listeners, striking gold with songs like “Solo Dolo” and “Pursuit of Happiness.”

In a 2014 interview with Arsenio Hall, Cudi said that, as an artist, his primary responsibility was to “help kids not feel alone and stop kids from committing suicide.”

Cudi made news headlines last month after launching a Twitter tirade at Kanye West.

“The fake ones wont be lasting too much longer. My tweets apply to who they apply. Ye, Drake, whoever,” the rapper tweeted.

West, who once signed Kid Cudi to his label, GOOD Music, didn’t appreciate the slight and called out his former protégé during his “Saint Pablo” tour.

“I’m so hurt. I feel so disrespected. Kid Cudi, we’re two black men in a racist world. I wore skinny jeans first. I got called names before you, bro. Why you got to come at me?”

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In Kid Cudi’s Facebook post Tuesday night, the rapper lamented his current mental state.

“My anxiety and depression have ruled my life for as long as I can remember and I never leave the house because of it. I cant make new friends because of it. I dont trust anyone because of it and Im tired of being held back in my life.”  


Taylor Link

Taylor Link is an assistant editor at Salon. You can find him on Twitter at @taylorlink_

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