Kid Cudi continues to build his acting resume. It’s probably time to stop referring to him as just the “rapper” Kid Cudi. Cudi attended Sundance 2015 in order to promote his new film James White. The rapper/actor plays the role of a homosexual best friend to the lead actor, Christopher Abbott. Cudi spoke to Billboard magazine about the challenging role, “This was way different than anything else I’ve ever done. It was dope to do that.” He added, “I felt like I had a responsibility to present a different walk in life from that world.” Cudi also mentioned that it really shouldn’t be a big deal that he plays a homosexual character, “When he comes out of the closet it’s not really a thing,” the actor told Billboard. “I think that’s something the world needs to see. Cause it’s not a thing. We’re all equal.”
Kid Cudi discussed his displeasure with the fact that his male-on-male kissing scenes were deleted from the film, “I’m mad [the director] cut my kissing scenes with David.” He smiled and said during an audience Q&A, “We made out so many times— and it was good! That’s my only gripe.” Cudi said he didn’t have any hesitations playing a gay character. He mentioned he is secure enough as a man, and being an artist is all about playing intriguing characters. The rapper/actor scored the music for the movie, and director Josh Mond said Cudi’s music helped him write the screenplay. Mond described the music Cudi recorded for the film as “beautiful, anxious, and aggressive.”
Billboard magazine also asked Kid Cudi about his highly-anticipated Man On the Moon III album and its possible release date, “There’s no time frame on it and I don’t feel like I need to rush to make ‘Man on the Moon III.'” He added, “The fans are excited about it, and I’m excited to see what we come up with. It’s a beautiful thing.” Cudi confirmed last week that producers Plain Pat, Dot Da Genius, Emile Haynie, and A-Trak will all contribute to the new album. The rapper/actor said the producers create a certain magic when they’re all in the same room together.