“Kid Cudi, don’t ever mention ‘Ye name. I birthed you,” West said during his Tampa stop on the Saint Pablo tour. “We all dealing with that emo s— all the time – me, Pat, Don C. Don’t ever mention ‘Ye name. Don’t try to say who I can do songs with. You mad ’cause I’m doing songs with Drake? Ain’t nobody telling ‘Ye who to do songs with! Respect the God!”
West had stopped his show mid-song during “I Don’t Like” to address Cudi, who was once signed to West’s G.O.O.D. Music label. Cudi had also contributed to Pablo, appearing on “Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1” and “Waves.”
West continued, “You know how many people wish they could be signed to G.O.O.D. Music, get they life changed? Have that opportunity? Never forget that. I’m so hurt. I feel so disrespected. 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? This ain’t the end of the Malcolm X movie. I’m out here fighting for y’all: creatives, artists, independent thinkers. Don’t never mention my name in a bad manner. None of y’all!”
Cudi first called out West on Wednesday when he tweeted, “I need y’all to know I got so many haters within the industry and these clowns know Im bout to crush their entire [existence]. Everyone thinks they’re soooo great. Talkin top 5 and be having 30 people write songs for them.” He then mentioned West and Drake specifically: “My tweets apply to who they apply. Ye, Drake, whoever. These n—– dont give a f— about me. And they aint f—in with me.”
Though it’s not totally clear what Cudi was referring to, it’s worth noting that he was once signed to West’s label, G.O.O.D Music, before he left in 2015, claiming that it was “a business decision.” It seemed like all the bad blood between them was settled when he made an appearance on his old boss’ most recent album. In a recent interview with Rap-Up, Kid Cudi called West his brother and dished on the ups and downs of their relationship.
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“With family, there’s always going to be issues and shit,” he said. “We needed to have a big bro, lil bro convo. As soon as we had that, we were good.”