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The kid is alright, writes Billboard, who recently interviewed the artist and Kanye collaborator for the July 21 issue of their magazine. During their conversation, Cudi talks about what went into the creative process for Kids See Ghosts, as well as the moment things began to look clearer in his life.

“It was this year, around my birthday [in late January],” he shared. “I’m the best I’ve ever been in my life. I realized I was genuinely happy, and there’s nothing really going on in particular. Just being 34, to be still doing what I love. Taking care of my responsibilities, and my daughter’s good and my family’s good. Creating is making me happy again.”

He also revealed that he’s been secretly working on a TV show for years, with Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions in talks to produce it.

“I definitely know myself better than I ever have,” he continued. “When I was 30, I didn’t feel 30. I still felt younger than my age. I felt like I was going to get some type of wisdom, something was going to hit me when I turned 30. It didn’t happen. It came a little later for me, but it’s here, and it feels great.”

Shine on, Scott Mescudi. See what else he had to say here.

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