The rapper pulled all the stops on Saturday, Nov. 5—his first performance since he announced in September that he would be checking himself into rehab to help seek professional help with chronic depression.
Surrounded by colorful trees on stage, Cudi played a variety of songs from his catalogue including two new singles, “Frequency” and “Surfin’“—both of which are slated to appear on his forthcoming record Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin‘.
He had some help making his triumphant return to the limelight: Travis Scott and Pharrell joined the rapper on the Long Beach Convention Center stage to bring to life their respective collaborations with Cudi.
While he did not address the back-and-forth between him and Drake, Cudi did take some time in the middle of performing “Pursuit of Happiness,” to share a simple message of love and appreciation to fans regarding his struggle with mental health.
“Listen, I miss every single one of you, I love every single one of you,” he said. “I know life is crazy and shit and shit comes our way but we can get through this shit.”
We can make it through,” he preached before launching back into the song. “I am living proof, I am living proof!”