Kid Cudi Announces Split From G.O.O.D. Music

In an exclusive interview with DJ Felli Fell and Yesi Ortiz of LA's Power 106, Kid Cudi details splitting from G.O.O.D. Music while remaining friends with Kanye West.

It’s very likely that Kid Cudi’s appearance on the G.O.O.D Music compilation Cruel Summer was his last as a member of Kanye West’s collective. Late Tuesday afternoon, the Cleveland native told DJ Felli Fell and Yesi Ortiz of LA’s KPWR “Power 106” FM that he’s no longer been a member of G.O.O.D. Music for a while.

“[I’ve known] for at least like six months,” Cudi explained. “I’m very forward-thinking. I’m like, ‘Next year, I want to be doing this.’”

Apparently “this” meant severing business ties with West. The pair cemented a partnership in 2009 when Cudi’s Dream On imprint linked with G.O.O.D. Music. Cudi joins other notable acts that are no longer under the G.O.O.D. Music umbrella including Sa-Ra Creative Partners. Since its inception in 2004, West has added the likes of Mr. Hudson, Pusha T and Teyana Taylor to the G.O.O.D. Music fold. Prior to making his decision, Kid Cudi said he sought out advice from a few of West’s high-profile peers.

“I kind of knew where I wanted to go,” Cudi further explained. “Then I was trying to figure out what the right decision would be…how to talk to him about it. I went through a process where I talked to Don C, and then I went and talked to Jay-Z. I got their opinions about how to approach things that I wanted to talk to him about it. Everybody gave me their blessings on how I was approaching it.”

Cudi reiterated that he and West are still on good terms. Felli Fell then asked Cudi, “What if I had Kanye on the phone right now and he wanted to talk to you about it?”

“That would be awesome,” Cudi responded. “‘Cause he would be like, ‘Man, Cudi is the illest.’ That’s my big brother like forever. I’ll smack the dog piss out of somebody for Kanye, man. It’s not like some beef thing; it’s just business. I got Jay and Don C’s opinions, because I’ve never wanted to offend [Kanye].

“I didn’t know how he would take it. I was like, ‘Man, I do not want to make my brother mad.’ Me and Kanye have never bumped heads, we’ve never argued…we’ve never been in heated conversations ever. It’s always been peace, and I was like, ‘Man, I don’t want to start now.’ I really went out of my way to make sure what I was feeling was justified and it was okay to bring it to the table. And ‘Hov reassured me like, ‘Man, I hear it in your tone that it’s genuine. And everything that your saying to me…I know Kanye, and I know he’ll be receptive to that. I know he’ll honor it.”

Cudi’s third solo effort, Indicud, is scheduled for release April 23.

RELATED: Kid Cudi "Indicud" Release Date, Cover Art & Tracklist

99 Comments

  • Anonymous

    respect to cudi... fuck kanye

  • meh

    honestly i this sucks. i liked cudi on G.O.O.D but i gotta say im not suprised i saw this coming. i think he was starting to get fed up with the label, not saying he started to resent them cause obviously he loves G.O.O.D but like he said its business and they werent pushing his music enough.

  • Anonymous

    Thats what up! Do your thing Cudi. Fuck all the hate!

  • YESSIR

    LMFAO..''ITS NOT LIKE SOME BEEF, ITS JUST BUSINESS''..THIS EMO 120 LBS STICK NIGGA FINNA DO HIS OWN STAND UP..TELL ME WHAT BUSINESS U WILL DO BY LEAVING YE'S IMPRINT? MOVING UNITS FROM 30K TO 38K FIRST WEEK? LOL CMON NOW THIS AINT 2009..DAVID GUETTA DONT WANT U ON HIS DICK NO MORE..YOUR PATHETIC WANNABE NY SWAGGER TV SHOW GOT CANCELED..YOUR CAREER DONE FELL OFF..THIS NIGGA BETTER GET OUT OF THE US AND MAKE A BIT OF MONEY IN THE ENGLISH INDIE SCENE WITH HIS FELLOW WHITE STICK NIGGAS LIKE THE XX OR MIKA

  • killa

    so basically this big headed nigga took Kanye's cock out his mouth to make room for some Baauer and Scrillex EDM dick. genius!

  • jg

    Common's Be is the best album G.O.O.D. ever put out.

    • edm

      Actually, Be is the best album released on GOOD Music. Sidenote: That classic 2010 Kanye West album you are referring to(MBDTF) was released by Roc-a-fella being that Ye is signed to Jay. Just saying?

    • Anonymous

      he didnt theyve all been near classics 4.5-4.75/5, Be is pretty much flawless

    • ....

      Yeah, you're a moron. It's not like Kanye didn't put out a classic in 2010, or the fact that all of his albums were good.

  • JAYT

    never change hiphop dx comments section never change

  • Anonymous

    dont forget Black Thought - Rage Is Back (feat. J. Period)

  • Anonymous

    kanye must be mad he gave this dude a solo song on cruel summer lol

  • Anonymous

    fuck bitch ass kanye, he a pussy anyway

  • foreal

    i remember predicting this a while back, i didnt think Kid Cudi fit in with the GOOD music perception. Cudi should for a super group with lupe so they can flop together

  • TROLLING

    KANYE DIDNT PUSH CUDI ENOUGH... HE COULD OF BEEN A BIGGER STAR IF HE GOT BACKING FROM KANYE

  • Anonymous

    j.period & the roots - the best of the roots mixtape thats good music

  • yea

    this was a clever move from Cudi. he is too progressive and fast forward to thoese narrow minded bugatti bitches in "good" music

  • mwl1119

    Kanye should change the name of his label now that the only good artist signed left.

  • Anonymous

    cant wait till g.o.o.d music closes

  • YMCMD

    This is def some crazy new smh. @Kujan I did hear about that Rick Fouche dude and that Aint Nobody video is hot. I cant believe he is coming out with a mixtape a week WHOA!

  • kujan

    Man this sucks! Cudi is a superstar that deserves to be with another But yo this guy Rick Fouche has been droppin EPs every week. This video is ill!!!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmIQzM6tLAs

  • aMusicJunkie

    Why am I not surprised ?

  • BOY

    KRS-One: "I told Wayne tohis face, he's the dopest MC out" Eminem: "Wayne, to me, is defiinitely one of the greatest in the game" Jay-Z: "Wayne is one of the most talented rappers out there" So should I listen to KRS-One, Eminem, and Jay-Z, or should I listen to some broke loser on the Internet? I like how all of the people who hate Lil wayne come to and search for his videos to talk shit about them. Lil Wayne may not act like it but he is capable of making good music LONG LIVE WEEZY!

    • Anonymous

      but you search out a Kid Cudi article to talk about your obsession with Lil Wayne? FOH this comment section is for people who enjoy actual music not the noise he creates

  • YESSIR

    IM SORRY YALL THE MEDS AND THE LOST OF MY LOVER WEEZY GOT ME FCKED IN THE HEAD I DONT KNOW WHAT IM SAYING ANYMORE. IM SO CONFUSED. I THINK I NEED HELP.

  • jaime12

    I agree way to much hate over just music.

  • Anonymous

    I'm done with this website. How can anyway listen to this crap. All there is hate for a man who is just trying to make music. He just does his best to give us the art that comes from his heart and we spit on it. Wow. What has music come to?

  • YESSIR

    STOP FUCKING IMPERSONATING ME BLACK!!! THE REAL YESSIR WHICH IS ME WOULD SHIT OVER CUDI AND YE!! BESIDES YOU THINK THAT YOU EXIST TO THEM!! GET A LIFE AND STOP HATING OR IMPERSONATING MY ASS!

  • YESSIR

    SIKE IM FCKING WITH YALL. I LOVE MY MAN YE AND CUDI. GOOD MUSIC SHITS ON YMCMB ALLDAY ERREYDAY. I ONLY COVER UP FOR WEEZY CAUSE WE USE TO BE LOVERS BUT I CANT HIDE THE TRUTH ANYMORE.

  • YESSIR

    LMFAO..''ITS NOT LIKE SOME BEEF, ITS JUST BUSINESS''..THIS EMO 120 LBS STICK NIGGA FINNA DO HIS OWN STAND UP..TELL ME WHAT BUSINESS U WILL DO BY LEAVING YE'S IMPRINT? MOVING UNITS FROM 30K TO 38K FIRST WEEK? LOL CMON NOW THIS AINT 2009..DAVID GUETTA DONT WANT U ON HIS DICK NO MORE..YOUR PATHETIC WANNABE NY SWAGGER TV SHOW GOT CANCELED..YOUR CAREER DONE FELL OFF..THIS NIGGA BETTER GET OUT OF THE US AND MAKE A BIT OF MONEY IN THE ENGLISH INDIE SCENE WITH HIS FELLOW WHITE STICK NIGGAS LIKE THE XX OR MIKA

  • fuufhoru

    As long as he doesn't join lame ass YMCMB then I'm alright with anything he does

  • Anonymous

    Look what happened to lupe when he stopped associating with kanye as much as he used to. Cudi may not have been a major part of good music but any connection to kanye west in the rap game is a golden one. Dude is like midas. Cudi is the new lupe. Both dropped good mixtapes, got their big break because of kanye, dropped 2 great albums and one "horrible" album where they had a new sound (lasers/wzrd) and they stopped associating with kanye after that 3rd album.

  • ETK

    Meh. G.O.O.D Music's loss

  • Mike

    It's a good and bad move but Kid Cudi should create his own move and still be cool with Kanye

  • Sad But True

    I think it's a sad move Kid Cudi left one of the few good labels (no puns) on a major label but Common left as well plus they been promoting wack washed up rappers like Pusha T and 2 Chainz instead of real artists like Kid Cudi. Drake should leave Young Money, Big Sean should leave as well, J. Cole should leave Roc Nation, Dizzy Wright should leave Funk Volume, Wiz needs to go back to be independent, Lupe needs to leave Atlantic and all freshmen rappers need to follow suit as well. Major labels are only force to change solid rappers into rappers they are not and force to collaborate with wack rappers like Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Future, Nicki Minaj, Chief Keef or whoever is "hot" these days.

    • Real Talk

      If they all leave they don't have major distribution deals. Who is going to put their music out? Your not thinking. This is a capitalist society. Nobody is going to stop their money flow on the basis of art (i.e hip hop). You can dream all you want.. Its all about the dollar.

    • Anonymous

      "wack washed up rappers like Pusha T" stopped reading there

  • Anonymous

    kind of dumb....he can literally do whatever he wants there...should have stayed his ass there

  • YESSIR

    NO ONE DARES TO REPLY BACK?! THEY NIGGAS SCARED OF ME!!

  • BLACK

    ACTUALLY I LOVE WAYNE AND BIRDMAN!!

  • BLACK

    IT'S A GOOD MOVE FOR CUDDER...I DIDN'T SEE HIM GROWING ANY MORE ON G.O.O.D., SO NOW HE JUST NEEDS TO FOCUS ON HIS CORE FANS. I DON'T SEE HIM AS A MULTI-PLATINUM ARTIST - AND THAT'S NOT DUE TO LACK OF TALENT, HE'S JUST TOO LEFT FIELD FOR THIS INDUSTRY. HE SHOULD BE ABLE TO HAVE PLATINUM SINGLES THOUGH.

  • Anonymous

    Can't wait for Kanye to go bankrupt same shit for Pusha T and the other foo's in G.O.O.D. they make got beats, but the lyrics are riding cock.

  • Anonymous

    Man, cudi is a little bitch. I cant wait to see his career crash and burn when he fails at pursuing his gayass rock music vision.

  • YESSIR

    YOU MAY NOT KNOW THIS BUT WAYNE ISNT GAY NOR HAS KISSED BIRDMAN! I MET EITH HIM AND HE SAID THEY WERE JUST STAND INS AND THAT THEY JUST PROMOTE IT FOR PUBLICITY!

    • YESSIR

      LMFAO..HOW FLATTERY TO SEE THAT MY NAME STILL LIVES ON DX..BUT FINALLY THE REAL YESSIR HAS COME BACK TO HIPHOPDX

    • YESSIR

      BITCH ASS NIGGA IMPERSONATING ME!!! I'M NOWHERE NEAR DONE HERE!! I BET BLACK IMPERSONATED ME!! FOR THAT, FUCK YOU!!

    • YESSIR:

      you are right man.i'm done here

    • YESSIR

      WHY DONT YOU REALIZE THAT YOU ARE ALL NOTHING ON THE COMMENTS BOARD COMPARED TO DOZENS I TALKED TO ABOUT WAYNE AND THEY ALL SAID THEY LOVED HIS RECENT WORK AND IS BETTER THAN EVER. YOUR HATE IS NOTHING COMPARED TO THE THOUDANDS OF FANS HE HAVE SO FUCK OFF ALL OF YOU!

    • BLACK

      WELL...IT WAS GOOD FUCKING YOU...BITCH.

    • YESSIR

      IF YOU THINK WAYNE SUCKS, COME UP WITH YOUR OWN AND SEE HOW MUCH OF AN EMBARRASEMENT YOU ARE COMPARED TO WAYNE!! ALL OF YOU HAVE FUCKED ME ON THE SITE FOR THE LAST 2 YEARS NOW!! HOW ABOUT YOU STOP TROLLING BITCH!!!

    • BLACK

      YOU MAY NOT KNOW THIS BUT OTHER TROLLS HAVE OUT-TROLLED YOU, SO YOU NEED TO EITHER GIVE UP OR FIND A NEW ANGLE.

    • YESSIR

      SHUT UP PUNK ASS!! YOU A BITCH ASS NIGGA WHO BEATS UP HOMOSEXUALS AND BLACKS!!!

    • Anonymous

      Stop trollin.

  • OG Darkskin

    Cudi is trash anyway, so fuck him! G.O.O.D. Music label now can prosper better without that wack Cudi.

  • YESSIR

    LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL THIS NIGGA KANYE LABEL IS FALLING APART. YOU KNOW TIMES IS ROUGH WHEN YOU NEED BIG SEAN WHO HANGS OUT WITH YMCMB MORE THAN GOOD. WE KNOW PUSHA T IS GOING TO FLOP

    • YEAH!

      WE CAN'T LOSE WE HAVE LIKE 90+ MEMBERS ON OUR ROSTER, WE CAN AFFORD TO HAVE THAT MANY BECAUSE WAYNE, DRAKE, AND NICKI MAKE ALL THE MONEY, SO BIRDMAN CAN PAY THE BILLS...BUT NOT THE PRODUCERS!!!!

    • Anonymous

      ymcmb we on top for ever

  • Now Watch Me Rule'

    This shit would never happen on Murder inc. Ja Rule Dont take Kindly to disloyal ass niggas

    • asdasd

      like all I do is check the comments riight

    • Anonymous

      ^^You dumbasses need to stop responding to these trolls. Its the same douche-bag thats been slobbering on Ja's balls for the past few months.

    • asdasd

      who cares about this clow ass nigga ja rule? like seriously, whos checking his music out? he's probably behind bars as usual right now (i don't give a fuck if he's out) eminem ended his lil 'career'

    • Anonymous

      cadilac ty? dark child? haha yeah ok

  • Anonymous

    2CHAINZ IS GOOD MUSIC NOW

  • Anonymous

    excellent news! Cudi is an interesting guy who can do better work than he's done. Kanye is a fucking has been clown who peaked with his first album and is now beyond self-parody and the rest of the "GOOD" roster sucks too.

    • Man...

      Nobody is saying Cudi is bad, you fucking retard, well at least not so far; there are always hating trolls on this site. But you're stanning is just going to invite trolls to your comment. So shut the fuck up, read the facts, and embrace the fact that he's still cool with everyone on G.O.O.D. and that he just needs to work on his label, his music, and Chip's music.

    • Anonymous

      kid cudi is better than everyone on good music kid cudi is one of the greatest and after includ you all will see how talented he really is

    • Holy shit...

      I guess you're one of the people Cudi would slap the dog piss out of. I love how dipshits are sitting there acting like he left because he has a problem with G.O.O.D. or Kanye...when the whole time he said that he was cool with Kanye, that Kanye will "forever be my big brother", he would slap the dog piss out of someone for Kanye. It was a business decision, he did it because he's working on Chip's new stuff and his Wicked Awesome Label. Seriously are people that dumb to think that he would create a new label, and only release WZRD on it, and then just leave it to die? He said he's still affiliated with G.O.O.D. but his albums wouldn't have the angel on it anymore.

  • Just Troll Wit It

    If you think about it the entire rap industry is gay *Jay-Z's best friends are gay *Kanye West wears women's clothes *Lil Wayne kisses men on the lips and wears lepoard print jeggings/Ugg boots *Eminem hates women *T.I. and DMX kept going back to jail (they must love the prison sex) *Drake, Tyga, and Big Sean are closet homosexuals *Rick Ross and DJ Khaled are life partners *Nas talked a lot of homo shit about Jay-Z on Ether (stalking Jay?) *Ludacris is Bieber's butt buddy *Tupac was a ballerina as a teenager *Biggie talked about sucking a man's dick (on Me And My Bitch) *Dr Dre wore some suspicious wardrobe in is time in the World Class Wreckin Crew *Eazy E had AIDS *Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa are weed (butt) buddies *2Chainz dickrides Kanye West (literally...) *J Cole dickrides Jay-Z (literally...) *Kendrick Lamar dickrides Dr Dre(literally...) and has a gay voice *Diddy fucked every artist in the business (figuratively and literally) *Young Jeezy's voice is fucked up (from sucking too much cock) and his nickname is Jizzle (meaning he loves it when it rain jizz all over him) *50 Cent is super hyper-masculine (meaning he's really a homo) *Waka Flocka yells on every record (from letting Gucci fuck him in the ass) *Chief Keef loves a nigga named Sosa *All female rappers are lesbians *Lupe made Lasers *Wu Tang is a bunch of men hanging out with each other *Gucci Mane named himself after a woman's purse *Macklemore thought he was gay and in love with Ryan Lewis *Hopsin jacks off to Eminem and is Tech N9ne's butt buddy *Immortal Technique believes in the Illuminati *Vinnie Paz always say "faggot" in every verse (notice how even the Nazis were homos as well) *Sugarhill Gang are pedophiles which rapped childish rhymes *Tyler the Creator/Odd Future are all gay *Chris Brown fights with women, handicapped child actors, and homosexuals

  • All alone

    He didn't have to announce it, he could have still been apart of the squad. Technically, Common and 2Chainz aren't apart of it either...Kanye isn't making money off them, but still lets them hang.

    • Anonymous

      Agreed. An official announcement would've made more sense. And he's probably gonna still hang out with GOOD and appear on their tracks, it's just he's gone because he's made his own label now.

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