Rappers get sad, too.
Wale’s issues stemmed from issues with his lack of confidence. The rapper claimed that his self-confidence was “shot” when recording his 2015 album, The Album About Nothing. That led to drinking problems and depression. He told Billboard, “I was depressed… I wasn’t sleeping. I was drinking all day and I didn’t have anyone to go to. I couldn’t fight it.”
In case you didn’t know, Cudi wrote “Day ‘n’ Night” after his uncle passed away. Years after the success of the single and debut album, Man on the Moon: The End of Day, he battled with depression which led to heavy drug usage.
In an interview with Billboard earlier this year, Cudi revealed that his family and the ability to afford comfortable luxuries helped him out of his depression. “I have everything I ever dreamed of in terms of stability. But I hadn’t been living that reality, because depression was f**king me up. So this year I chose to be happy. I just woke up.”
J. Cole is confident in his rhymes, as he should be. So who would think that the rapper would find himself in a dark place? Well, believe it or not, he did there while recording his 2013 album, Born Sinner.
He spoke to Soul Culture for their mental health campaign, “#ItsOkNotToBeOk,” and explained his experience with depression.
“There’s a mentality that I had that was never shaken, it was quiet, it wasn’t outspoken, it was all in [my head]. The minute that changes and now I’m dealing with a mindstate I’ve never had to deal with before – which is fighting all these negative thoughts — that’s the dark place I’m talking about.”