Kid Cudi’s next solo album, Entergalactic is set to drop in 2020 alongside an animated Netflix series showcasing the project, and in a new interview with Complexundefined, the Cleveland native further explained what to expect from his upcoming release.
“My next album will be the music for the first season of the show, and the music will narrate the story. So a lot of the songs aren’t really from the Scott perspective; they’re from the perspective of the character,” he said. “It’s a new, fun, and exciting way to write music. I have eight albums. I needed to do something different.”
Cudi explained that despite being known for his intensely personal music, Entergalactic takes an entirely new approach. “A lot of the songs are about love and relationships. I’m not in a relationship right now, so it’s purely written from my imagination and writing as this character. That was something that was exciting to me because, after Kids See Ghosts, I felt like I said all I had to say… about the point where I’m at right now, post-rehab. And Kids See Ghosts was that album for me.”
In fact, he almost contemplated taking “five years off” after the release of Kids See Ghosts—an album that found him addressing his stint in rehab and mental health issues—but felt drawn back into the music world after a spark of creativity.
“I had this idea for the show, and then it was like, how can we incorporate the music? How can we have the music be a part of the show? I initially wanted to make a visual album, but I was like, that’s been done before. How can we give it a little twist? How can we do something different? That’s how I came up with the idea for the show, Entergalactic.”
The rapper promised that his album will be “everything that people love about Kid Cudi music,” just told from a different perspective:I have some songs where I’m just rapping—it’s just Cudi having fun again, and I think people miss that side of me. I used to do that a lot on my mixtape, so getting back into that was fun, and I think people are gonna be into it. I think this [album] is my perspective on love, and people haven’t really heard that. I’m not somebody who makes R&B music, and I’m not somebody who makes lovey-dovey songs like that.
Cudi’s Netflix series is being executive produced by Kenya Barris, known for creating Black-ish. He previously described the project on Twitter:
The rapper’s last solo album, Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin', dropped in 2016.