Kid Cudi got candid about a health scare that forced him to step away from music.
In an interview with Esquire, the rapper revealed he suffered a stroke two weeks after being admitted to rehab for depression and drug addiction in 2016.
The 38-year-old said he needed to be hospitalized after the stroke impaired his speech and movement, telling the outlet that “everything was f—ked.”
After undergoing physical rehab for months, Cudi finally felt like he hit a breakthrough when he auditioned for the Broadway play, “Lobby Hero,” with Michael Cera.
The “Mr. Rager” rapper had to memorize a lot of dialogue for the role, which ultimately went to another actor. Still, Cudi ended up feeling like a winner himself.
“I proved to myself that I could do it. I needed that at the time,” he told the outlet. “I was happy. Like, damn, my brain is still strong. I didn’t lose something in that s—t that happened.”
During the same interview, the “Pursuit of Happiness” rapper opened up about his on-going feud with former friend Kayne West. Cudi said he wants the “Donda” rapper to “be a grown man” and accept Kim Kardashian’s divorce filing.
“If you can’t be a grown man and deal with the fact that you lost your woman? That’s not my f—king problem. You need to own up to your s—t like every man in this life has,” he said, adding, “I’ve lost women, too. And I’ve had to own up to it. I don’t need that in my life.”
The pair’s feud started last year when Kardashian was dating comedian Pete Davidson— one of Cudi’s good friends.
Given their close friendship, West ended up cutting the rapper — whose real name is Scott Ramon Seguro Mescudi — from his “Donda 2” album.
The decision “pissed off” the “Day ‘N’ Nite” rapper who claims it would take a “motherf—king miracle” for the artists to repair their relationship after it took such a toll on his mental health.
“Do you know how it feels to wake up one day, look at your social media, and you’re trending because somebody’s talking some s—t about you?” he explained. “And then you got this person’s trolls sending you messages on Instagram and Twitter? All in your comments?”
Mescudi has a long history as a mental health advocate — something he takes great pride in.
“It’s a lot of pressure, but it keeps me alive. So I’ll take it. It doesn’t stress me out,” he told the outlet when asked if he ever gets “tired” of being a mental-health spokesperson.
“It keeps me thinking, ‘Nah, Scott. You gotta be here. Let old age take you out.’”