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Despite their tumultuous history, Kid Cudi regards Kanye West not as a mere acquaintance but as family. After launching his latest album, INSANO, the Ohio-native hip-hop artist got candid with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe about his convoluted relation with Kanye West and how a heartfelt apology helped mend their bonds. The duo’s connection traces back to 2008, a time when the then-budding rapper, Kid Cudi, was invited to join Kanye’s G.O.O.D. Music label. The subsequent years witnessed numerous musical collaborations between them, including the notable 2018 project – Kids See Ghosts.
The Ups and Downs
However, the bond between Kid Cudi and Kanye West was not always smooth sailing. A few years back, Kanye was subjected to increasing backlash for his unpredictable behavior, which included volatile tirades against his loved ones. Kid Cudi found himself in the line of fire when Kanye accused him of being disloyal. The root of this accusation was Cudi’s enduring friendship with Pete Davidson, who was then involved with Kanye’s former spouse, Kim Kardashian.
A Brotherly Bond
Kid Cudi likens his relationship with Kanye to that of siblings, stating that disputes and subsequent resolutions are part of the journey. The two eventually settled their differences publicly in 2023. Speaking about their bond, Cudi reflects, “Siblings hurt you the most. So you go through things, but family is always there,” He further elaborates on his feelings towards Kanye, stating, “You don’t give up on family. And I think in the thick of it, when it was going down, I wanted to walk away. I wanted to give up, but in thinking about it the past couple years, it’s like this is someone who is my brother ultimately who came into my life and championed me and did things for me that nobody else did for me early on in my career.”
A Testament of Confidence, “Day ‘n’ Nite”
Kid Cudi also revealed an interesting fact about his debut commercial single, “Day ‘n’ Nite,” which was recorded in 2007 before he had signed any deal. Kanye, who had immense faith in Cudi’s potential, took it upon himself to finance the video for the track. He even got So Me on board to direct the video. Cudi recalls, “So Me, the first director, didn’t know me, but was just doing a favor.”
Reconciliation and Growth
Kid Cudi acknowledges that he and Kanye have had their differences, but he firmly denies any ill will between them. He describes Kanye as “a good man” with a soul and, therefore, someone he refuses to abandon. “He’s learning and he’s growing,” Cudi continued. “He knows he made some mistakes and I think that that’s the beauty of it, is this is a beautiful thing. It’s like he knows he’s been on one hell of a ride and he knows he’s said some things that he might not be able to come back from in a lot of realms, in a lot of spaces from certain people. But we grow and I think I pray for him, and that’s my brother.”
Kid Cudi and Kanye recently reconnected during a Vultures listening session, a joint project between Kanye and Ty Dolla Sign. Kanye continued to express his support for Cudi on Instagram, promoting the “ElectroWaveBaby” track from Cudi’s newly released INSANO album.
Recalling the moment of reconciliation, Cudi said, “The reason why we became cool again is because he apologized to me and it was sincere. I was just like, wow,” Cudi continued, “Kanye does not apologize to anybody and say sorry to anyone. And that’s my brother, man. various and there’s just nothing like Kanye and Cudi. We like the duo that everybody loves to see.”