I don’t usually post interviews on here, because interviews are usually pretty boring to me,  but I had to post some excerpts from this Kid Cudi interview with Complex. The dude has been through a lot over the past year, but there are still a lot of unknowns about him. Complex got right to the heart of some big issues – I had no idea that Cudder had a child. But yeah, apparently he does. Here are some quotes from the interview, and head over to Complex to read the whole thing.

Speaking of Wale, when you hit that fan at your show last December, he came out with a line about it [“Throwin’ ’round wallets like the dude that Kid Cudi hit,” from “Thank You Freestyle”].

Kid Cudi: It wasn’t a shot, it’s just a simple-ass rhyme by a simple-ass rapper. You can’t let that shit faze you. That’s one of those raps that just shows the world that you wack. Why would you even use that as a metaphor? Everybody think they Hov. Niggas ain’t got the magic like they think they do; there’s only a couple of wizards in this game. I’m a wizard and I know it.

How do you feel about the “emo” label?

Kid Cudi: DMX is emo and he’s one of the realest niggas in the game. Emotion is what hip-hop thrives on. Don’t you want your music to have emotion in it? People like to always throw some negative cloud over it. Doesn’t even make sense. Jeezy is emo. When that nigga be rapping, you feel it. You know that nigga’s talking some real shit.

How heavy did the drug use get?

Kid Cudi: I started doing cocaine to get through interviews, ’cause people wanted to know a lot about my personal life and I wasn’t prepared for a 60 Minutes interview every time. Doing bumps I was able to get through the day, but then I would smoke weed to calm me down—it was the only way I could get through the day without people noticing I was doing it.

Kid Cudi: There’s another thing people don’t know. I have a daughter, born March 26th of this year. Her name is Vada, and she’s fucking awesome. That was eating me up, and it was stressing me out that nobody knew about her. I was trying to escape from that, too. Just trying to figure it out and make everyone happy, it’s a lot for somebody my age to handle. I was manning up and dealing with it in what I thought was the right way, but it was the wrong way. I want to be around for her. I can honestly say she was the wake-up call. The reality that it’s bigger than just you now—you have a responsibility and there’s no more time for mistakes. It’s time to stop fucking around.

So is that it for cocaine?

Kid Cudi: Yup. No more blow. People do drugs to camouflage emotions and run away from their problems. Now I’m going to deal with certain things as they come, prioritize shit—man up, so to speak. Just for the record, it bugged me out that people said it was liquid cocaine. No, I’m just fucking rich, and my blow comes in a jar. There was no liquid in it—that shit makes no sense.

At the Converse show in July where you acknowledged using cocaine, you said you’re going to be around until you’re “old as fuck,” and also said, “I’m sorry if I let you down, I love you.” Did you feel like you let your fans down?

Kid Cudi: Every time I snap. I’m sitting there making songs like “Heart of a Lion” and talking about getting through anything, and rising up, and I’m up here snapping and letting people break my shell. I have to practice what I preach. I get strength, and the kids use it.