Kanye West and Kid Cudi have each innovated within the realm of hip-hop to varying degrees of success, and have collaborated often over the past decade while quickly spreading their shared influence. Those days, however, might be long gone, thanks to what happened on Wednesday.
Hours after Kid Cudi’s Twitter tirade against West and Drake, the former called out his former protege in Tampa, Florida, during his most recent stop on the Saint Pablo tour. West halted the “I Don’t Like” remix to drop this bomb:
And later in the show:
Some of the highlights between the two speeches:
"Kid Cudi, don't ever mention 'Ye name. I birthed you!”
“You mad 'cause I'm doing songs with Drake? Ain't nobody telling 'Ye who to do songs with!”
“Kid Cudi, we're two black men in a racist world. I wore skinny jeans first. I got called names before you, bruh. Why y'all got to come at me?”
“Don’t never mention my name in a bad manner. None of y’all!”
“I'm so hurt. I feel so disrespected.”
That last one is the most telling: Kanye appears to have been blindsided by Cudi’s attack on his decision to work with Drake, whose authenticity has been questioned. Clearly, Cudi’s claim that Kanye and Drake “don’t give a fuck about me” might have been slightly off the mark.
Kid Cudi signed to West’s G.O.O.D. Music in 2008 and left the label in 2013. However, he and West were side-by-side at Madison Square Garden when West unveiled The Life of Pablo earlier this year.
Could this all be a ploy to promote Cudi’s new album, Passion Pain & Demon Slayin’? If so, Cudi may have sacrificed one of his earliest champions to do so.
Next, watch an episode of Fuse's digital miniseries The Kanye Effect, detailing the dude's knack for talent-scouting and collaboration: