Ask any hip-hop head and they’ll probably tell you, rappers aren’t supposed to be sensitive. This is the message society sends to the emcees of today, the reason why artists like Drake (who isn’t afraid to show his emotions) are often times scrutinized.
So what’s a rapper to do when life becomes overwhelming? They can choose to go into hiding, or break down that outdated barrier and show their “soft” side to the world, like experimental swooner, Kid Cudi.
This past Tuesday Cudi released a heart-wrenching statement on Facebook concerning his mental health that had fans and fellow artists everywhere sending him their love and admiration.
“Its been difficult for me to find the words to share with you because I feel ashamed. Ashamed to be a leader and hero to so many while admitting I’ve been living a lie,” he wrote. “My anxiety and depression have ruled my life for as long as I can remember and I never leave the house because of it.”
The “Day and Night” artist announced that he checked himself into rehab for depression and suicidal thoughts on Monday. Fans praised him for his bravery and his words tore down the stigma that it’s not okay to be a depressed black man or worse – a rapper.
Perhaps with artists like Cudi, speaking out on their own emotions, that stigma will end. His words have shown the world that depression can happen to anyone, and there is no reason to be ashamed. Help is there for anyone who may need it and, despite popular opinion, there should be no remorse in asking for it.
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