Kid Cudi said things are looking up after a year of brawls with fans, beef with friends turned foes and drug troubles.
The Cleveland rapper, who's set to release his sophomore album Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager later this year, says he's in better spirits this time around.
"I'm a lot happier—things are in better order and there's peace within my crew and within myself," Cudi told Billboard. "I had to go through the fire to get here and I wouldn't change my experiences for the world. At this point, I'm locked in. I definitely got my shit together."
That's not to say the darkly emo mood that ran throughout Man on the Moon: The End of Day will be missing this time around. Cudi describes the follow-up as "aggressive and dark and energetic," while his manager, Plain Pat told Billboard, "It's more mature on all angles—the production, himself. He really lays it on the line on this album and it's a lot more cohesive."
While the past year has been full of hurdles for Cudder, he says he's rolling with the punches.
"I really just find that life is fucking funny," Cudi said. "You have to take shit as it comes and man up. What doesn't kill us makes us stronger—that's a fact. Even in death no one will stop me from being great."