Last month, Kid Cudi called out Drake, Kanye West, and other rappers for working with multiple writers. “Everyone thinks they’re soooo great. Talkin top 5 and be having 30 people write songs for them,” he tweeted, adding, “My tweets apply to who they apply. Ye, Drake, whoever. These niggas dont give a fuck about me. And they aint fuckin with me.”
Not long after, Cudi checked himself into rehab citing depressing and suicidal urges. Nonetheless, Drake clapped back at Cudi over the weekend. On his new track “Two Birds One Stone”, Drake raps, “You were the man on the moon/ Now you just go through your phases/ Life of the angry and famous/ Rap like I know I’m the greatest/ Then give you the tropical flavors/ Still never been on hiatus/ You stay xanned and perced up.” Even after many people — including Cudi’s manager — criticized Drake for making light of mental health, the Toronto rapper doubled down, writing on Instagram, “Mans need to stop mentioning my name when they get geeked.”
Kanye, however, is sticking up for his longtime friend and collaborator. Though he initially rebuked Cudi’s comments, stopping a show in Tampa to say he felt “hurt” and “disrespected,” last night’s concert in Los Angeles saw Kanye pay tribute to Cudder. “So Cudi, he is rehab right now, but he got a #1 song on the radio & I want you to sing so he can hear it,” he told the audience. The No. 1 song in reference is The Life of Pablo track “Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1”, which Cudi co-wrote.
Watch Kanye’s shout out to Cudi below.