by Meghan Malas
Shocking accusations came from the Kid Cudi Twitter account this past Wednesday, after the confirmation of a collaborative album from hip hop artists Drake and Kanye West. Fellow artist, Kid Cudi appeared to feel left out of the project, making statements like, “I’ve been loyal to those who haven’t been to me and that ends now. Now I’m your threat,” and then following with, “If you feel me, don’t be scared to use your voice. I was for so long out of blind loyalty.”
Kid Cudi originally began his Twitter rant without mentioning any names, speaking of “haters in the industry” and “top 5 and having 30 people write songs for them.” Though West and Drake are not called out directly (yet), many followers picked up on who Cudi was alluding to. His tweets then turn more aggressive, calling fellow artists “corny” and “jealous” and claiming that “The fake ones won’t be lasting too much longer.” At this point, many Twitter users began speculating that Kid Cudi was definitely calling out Kanye West and Drake, making comments encouraging the artist to call them out directly. Kid Cudi responded with, “My tweets apply to who they apply. Ye, Drake, whoever,” confirming the speculation. Cudi ended his rant by thanking his supporters and encouraging others to start voicing their opinions on the matter.
Kanye West wasted no time responding to the whole ordeal at his Saint Pablo Tour show in Tampa, Florida, the same night as the Twitter rant. “Kid Cudi, don’t never mention ’Ye name. I birthed you,” he stated in the middle of his performance. And then followed with, “Don’t try to say who I can do songs with…Respect the God.” At the same show he then later added, while atop his famed floating platform, “I’m so hurt.”
Kid Cudi and West have worked on several successful project from as early as 2008, on West’s 808s & Heartbreak album, and Kanye West does not hesitate to take credit for Kid Cudi’s success. Drake also responded at his show in Oakland, California and defended Kanye by saying, “I heard boys were talking down today. Shoutout to my brother Kanye West. We both got sold out shows.”
In is unclear where this exchange will lead next, or how it will affect any of the artists professionally, or artistically. Nothing has been said publicly by Drake, Kanye, or Cudi in the 24 hours following the ordeal.