A Deeper Look into Kid Cudi’s Bond with Kanye West

A Deeper Look into Kid Cudi’s Bond with Kanye West

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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.”

Renewed Ties

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.”

Elon Musk’s Vision: Transforming X into an All-Encompassing Platform

Elon Musk’s Vision: Transforming X into an All-Encompassing Platform

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Elon Musk, the business magnate renowned for his ground-breaking initiatives, has been vocal about his ambitious plans for X, a social networking platform previously known as Twitter. Musk’s vision includes transforming X into a comprehensive application encompassing various features like peer-to-peer payments, creator tools, shopping, and more. Today, X has revealed a stringent timeline for the implementation of these plans.

The Roadmap for X’s Transformation

X’s roadmap for the forthcoming year includes the incorporation of AI-powered experiences and the introduction of peer-to-peer payments among a plethora of other initiatives. Musk’s ambitious timelines may not always materialize as planned, but X has been actively working towards obtaining the requisite licenses to manage payment processing over the past few months. By December, X had obtained a license for payment processing in 12 U.S. states. Today, this number has grown to 14 with the recent additions of Arkansas and Pennsylvania.

Peer-to-Peer Payments on X

One of the key features in Musk’s vision is the ability for X users to transfer funds to their peers on the platform and withdraw these funds to authenticated bank accounts. Musk has also flirted with the notion of providing users with high-yield money market accounts down the line to incentivize them to retain more of their cash on X.

According to a recent blog post by X, the company intends to launch peer-to-peer payments within this year. This move aims to further unlock user utility and open up new avenues for commerce, hinting at possible integration with other X products such as creator revenue sharing and online shopping.

Investing in Creators and Content Partnerships

X has also pledged continuous investment in creators, content partnerships, original content, full-funnel ads, and brand safety. The latter has been a major concern for X advertisers, who despite X’s measures, have found their ads placed alongside toxic content or hate speech. This has led to many advertisers pulling away from the platform.

The Role of AI in X’s Future

The recent announcement by X also hints at the crucial role AI will play in the platform’s future. This follows the launch of Musk’s ChatGPT competitor, the robust Grok chatbot. Although the post did not delve into specifics, it suggested that AI would be employed to enhance the X user and advertising experiences, including areas like search improvement, ad refinement, and a new level of customer understanding.

Musk’s AI company, xAI, will also empower consumer-facing features like the present “See Similar Posts,” as well as an upcoming “See Dissimilar Posts” feature, which aims to encourage users to challenge their perspectives.

X’s Progress Over the Past Year

Over the past year, X has made significant strides, launching long-form video, audio and video calling, X Hiring (job search), Communities expansion, Grok, creator tools, and more. Users have watched “130 years’ worth of videos” 30 minutes or longer, engaged in calls with an average length of 10 minutes, and more than 80,000 creators have received payouts via X’s revenue-sharing program in less than a year.


Musk’s vision for X marks a radical transformation for the social networking platform. With plans for peer-to-peer payments, AI-powered experiences, and a renewed focus on creators and content partnerships, X is poised to become an “everything app.” As it continues to expand its reach and capabilities, X promises to usher in a new era of social networking.