Kanye West & Kid Cudi’s Relationship has been tumultuous throughout their respective careers. The regular collaborators have occasionally been friends, performing and dining together, and occasionally they have criticized one another online. In 2008, Cudi joined West’s G.O.O.D. Music label after the two had first met a few years previously.
Then, West made an appearance on Cudi’s single “Make Her Say (I Poke Her Face)” from his 2009 album Man on the Moon: The End of Day, which served as the foundation for Cudi’s G.O.O.D. career. Before releasing his solo music, Cudi had also contributed to West’s 808s & Heartbreak and Jay-The Z’s Blueprint 3.
The two artists also collaborated on the songs “Erase Me” from the 2010 album Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager, “Gorgeous” and “All of the Lights” from Ye’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, and more recently, “Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1” from the 2016 album The Life of Pablo, which won Ye a Grammy for 24 times.
But it’s safe to say that we won’t be seeing these two on stage any time soon based on their more recently social media interactions. A timeline of the high points and low points of Cudi and Kanye’s relationship can be found below.
April 2, 2013: Kid Cudi Leaves Kanye’s G.O.O.D. Music
Cudi declared on Power 106 in Los Angeles on April 2, 2013, that he was leaving the G.O.O.D. organization. At the time, Cudi remarked, “Man, everything is cool.” “Everyone on the label is at peace with everything. Although there have never been any problems, I am now leaving G.O.O.D. Music. Furthermore, no one knows this. I have left G.O.O.D. Music.
Cudi continued, saying that it was a difficult choice because he thought of West as a “big brother.” Cudi made that statement as he informed West over the phone that he wanted to follow his path (with Wicked Awesome Records). He too wanted to go in his route, so Ye got it.
Feb. 27, 2014: Cudi Says He’s Unhappy With Feature On Yeezus
Cudi was shocked to hear his voice on “Guilt Trip,” of West’s 2013 Yeezus album, after leaving G.O.O.D. Music. Cudi was questioned by Complex’s Joe La Puma about his understated “Guilt Trip” outro feature.
“The vocal I performed for that song was from a few years ago. It was only a reference, and I can’t remember which session it was, Cudi told the outlet. “I found out I was in the song on Twitter. What the f-k is everyone talking about, I thought as I saw kids approaching me and asking, “Are you on ‘Guilt Trip!’?” or “Great work!” I then log into Twitter, hear the tune, and say, “OK.” I am a beatnik. I recognize the tune. After that, I think, “Oh man, OK.” I admit that I felt a little flattered and thought it was cool that he thought of me.
“I then began to consider it more. Why not phone me and ask me to deliver it there instead? Why not use me more? Why include four bars of vocals to trick my fans into thinking Kid Cudi is featured on this song when he isn’t?
Sept. 14, 2016: Cudi Slams West, Ye Responds
Kid Cudi decided to say everything in a Twitter flurry. Cudi rants about strife in the hip-hop scene in a series of messages. West was one of the people he mentioned.
I need you to know that the music industry is full of haters, and they know that I’m about to end their lives, Cudi added. Everyone believes they are fantastic. 30 songwriters are working on tracks for the top 5 artists. Let me share a fact with you. F-key is no longer tolerated. The counterfeit ones won’t endure for very long.
“I’m the one they’re concerned about because they know I don’t care about the trite stuff they do. I see all my young people who are here supporting, including Travis Scott, SuperDuper Kyle, Audio Push, Hit-Boy, and the rest of the ASAP family. And I also see all of you envious chicken-hearted s-ts. The culture is me. The rapper responded to Cudi’s scathing comments earlier that day when West was still on his Saint Pablo Tour.
Sept. 20, 2016: West Publicly Forgives Cudi
Again, West responded to Cudi’s tweets while performing, this time in Houston. This time, West apologized while standing on the suspended stage for his Saint Pablo Tour.
Kanye West's updated response to Kid Cudi at the #SaintPabloTour in Houston, Texas cc: @TeamKanyeDaily pic.twitter.com/HPfx8fPgia
— David Bullock (@alaska) September 21, 2016
In between songs, West addressed the crowd, saying, “The most significant and influential artist of the last ten years, and I hope he’s doing well. I just want to express that Kid Cudi is my brother at this time. The artist who has had the most sway over the last ten years?”
November 2016: Cudi Joins Kanye On Stage
A few weeks later, Cudi performed “Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1” with West in Sacramento, California. This happened soon after Cudi stated on Facebook on October 4, 2016, that he had entered rehab for despair and suicidal thoughts. A few weeks before joining West at ComplexCon in November 2016, Cudi gave his first performance after leaving rehab on November 6, 2016.
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On November 20, “Father Stretch My Hands” was one of the three songs West sang at the Sacramento concert before he unexpectedly left. He then postponed the remainder of his Saint Pablo Tour before checking himself into a mental health facility.
November 2017: Kanye Takes The Stage With Cudi In Chicago
Ye didn’t perform for the first time since his Sacramento gig until a little over a year later. Similar to how West gave Cudi a platform to return to after Cudi’s loss, Cudi assisted Kanye is making a comeback after a protracted sabbatical from the public eye. West performed “Father Stretch My Hands” with Cudi in his hometown of Chicago once more, but this time as a part of Cudi’s Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’ tour.
April 18, 2018: West Announces Joint Album With Cudi
After tweeting about his own seven-song album’s impending release, Kanye West sparked a Twitter frenzy by adding that his group’s collaborative project with Kid Cudi, Kids See Ghost, would be released on June 8.
January 2019: Kanye And Cudi Dine Together
On January 31, 2019, Kim Kardashian posted a picture of Kanye West, Kid Cudi, Pete Davidson, and Timothée Chalamet dining together at Nobu Malibu in celebration of Cudi’s 35th birthday. The picture quickly went viral online.
Happy Birthday @KidCudi pic.twitter.com/rPkAvTgDLE
— Kim Kardashian (@KimKardashian) January 31, 2019
The reality star, who is now dating Davidson, later admitted on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon that he had covered the bill for the pricey dinner after the picture rapidly went viral.
February 2022: Ye Announces Kid Cudi Will Not Be on Donda 2
Ye tagged Cudi, his ex-wife Kardashian, and her new boyfriend Davidson in an Instagram post that has since been deleted, saying, “Just so everyone knows Cudi will not be on Donda because he’s pals with you know who.” He also referred to Davidson.
Ye was addressed in the comments by Cudi, who wrote: “Too bad I don’t want to be on our album u f—in dinosaur hahaha. Since I first met you, everyone knows that I’ve been the best thing about our albums. You have my prayers, brother.
The rapper from “The Scotts” then posted on Twitter, saying: “We discussed this weeks ago. You’re nuts for flipping the script and publishing this lie online merely for attention. You’re not my friend. BYE.” He said, “God opens the door so the wrong people can exit ur life,” in another tweet.
April 19, 2022: Kid Cudi Insists Kanye Is ‘Not My Friend’
Cudi tweeted about the song “Rock N Roll” that he collaborates on with West to clarify the status of his relationship with the “Hurricane” rapper as word of his inclusion on Pusha T’s album It’s Almost Dry circulated. “Hey! I am aware that some of you have heard the song I got with Pusha,” Cudi wrote. When I was still friends with Kanye, I recorded this song a year ago. I don’t like that man. He’s not my friend, and the song was only cleared for Pusha because I like him. You will hear me on this song with Kanye for the last time.
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