Kid Cudi, who rose to fame on the heels of his debut single “Day ‘n’ Nite,” had some things to get off his chest.
On Wednesday afternoon, the rapper turned actor—whose biggest onscreen credit was in the short-lived HBO series How to Make It in America, about a group of poseurs manufacturing high-end jeans (really)—took to Twitter to air out the “haters” and “clowns” within the rap industry.
“Everyone thinks they’re soooo great. Talkin top 5 and be having 30 people write songs for them,” he tweeted. “Let me tell you something. The days of fuckery are over. The fake ones won’t be lasting much longer.”
The Cleveland, Ohio, native formerly known as Scott Ramon Seguro Mescudi then proceeded to reveal he was talking about not only Drake, but also his mentor, Kanye West, who’s also been the subject of ghostwriting allegations in the past.
You see, Kanye discovered Cudi’s mixtape back in 2008 and signed him to his Universal imprint GOOD Music. Cudi began his GOOD career by helping out on Jay Z’s The Blueprint 3 before co-writing a number of songs on Kanye’s LP 808s & Heartbreak. He eventually made a name for himself with his own Man on the Moon albums, though never achieved anywhere near the crossover success of a ’Ye, Drake, or even recent GOOD signee Desiigner.
Enter West. In the middle of a show in Tampa, Florida, on Wednesday night, the Life of Pablo musician paused in the middle of a performance of the track “Don’t Like”—whose hook goes, “I snitch n*gga, that’s that shit I don’t like”—to address Cudi’s recent comments.
“Stop, stop, stop it!” yelled West, mid-song. “Kid Cudi: Don’t ever mention ’Ye name. I birthed you! You know, I’m dealin’ with that emo shit all the time!”“Don’t ever mention ’Ye name!” he continued. “Don’t try to say who I can do songs with! You mad you not doin’ songs with Drake! CAN’T NOBODY TELL ’YE WHO TO DO SONGS WITH! RESPECT THE GOD!”
Cudi’s rant against Kanye and others came as more than a bit of a surprise. First things first: He is not on their level. And though Cudi acrimoniously split from GOOD Music back in 2013, mere months ago the rapper gushed to Billboard about how thrilled he was to have reunited with his longtime mentor and “big bro” on Yeezy’s eighth studio album, The Life of Pablo.
“Me and Kanye are brothers. With family, there’s always going to be issues and shit. That was the first time I had been around him and his team in a while,” said Cudi. “We needed to have a big bro, lil bro convo. As soon as we had that, we were good. Whatever we were dealing with, it was a beautiful thing to clear the air about. I’m really happy to be back working with my friends.”