On Wednesday, Jaden Smith sat down with Hot 97’s Peter Rosenberg & Ebro Darden following Smith’s recent release of the song “I’m Ready” for the Spider-Man: Miles Morales game soundtrack.
During the interview, which covered a wide range of subjects, including the influence that Kid Cudi has had on Smith’s music and the necessity for musicians to look at the classics, namely “The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds era.” He was quoted as saying: “I just think that it’s important for younger generations to always like go back to, like, some of the best albums of all time and not just listen to what the best album of the year was,” said Smith. “Listen to whatever the best albums of all time have been or, you know, whatever that is for them. It might be something else for everyone else. I just think that whatever it is for you—whether it’s the Beatles or whether it’s Man on the Moon 1 or whatever it is that you feel is your favorite album of all time—you just need to go back to that and make sure that we continue to study that music. And then the music that those people studied.”
When talking about the community he experienced as a young fan of Kid Cudi, about 24 minutes in, he said the following: “Cudi would always say things that just would, like, change my life,” Smith said. “And then, you know, I thought it was just me and my brother for a while. Then I got older and started going to festivals and then I realized, oh man, everybody has felt that from Cudi. Everybody says that Cudi saved their life. … Everybody had that same experience listening to Cudi. If someone listened to Cudi, you knew something about them. You could tell certain things about them.”
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