Kid Cudi Says He Felt Underused By Kanye West On "Guilt Trip"

Kid Cudi confirms that he is not working with Justin Bieber, says Hit-Boy encouraged his return to rap.

On Chicago rapper Kanye West’s last studio album, Yeezus, former G.O.O.D. Music emcee Kid Cudi can be heard on the album track, “Guilt Trip.” Months after the release of Yeezus and days after the release of Cudi’s own studio album, SATELLITE FLIGHT: The journey to Mother Moon, the Cleveland wordsmith has discussed his addition to Ye’s album.

While speaking with Complex magazine, Cudi revealed that he was unaware of the addition of his vocals on “Guilt Trip” until fans informed him of the record via Twitter. He says he was part flattered by his addition to the song, but expressed concern over being underused.

“The vocal that I did on that song was a couple years old,” Cudi said. “I forgot which session it was, but it was just a reference. I discovered that I was on the song via Twitter. I saw kids hitting me up, like, ‘Are you on ‘Guilt Trip!?’’ or saying ‘Great job!’ and I’m like, ‘What the fuck is everyone talking about?’ So I go on Twitter and then I hear the song and I’m like, ‘OK. I know the beat. I know the song.’ Then I’m like, ‘Oh man, OK.’ Part of me was flattered, like, it’s kind of cool that he thought of me. Then I started thinking about it more. It was like, Why not call me and have me come in there and give it? Why underuse me? Why put four bars of vocals to coax my fans into thinking this is a legitimate Kid Cudi feature on this song and it isn’t?

“Same deal with the G.O.O.D. Music album, the compilation,” he added. “Had I not given Kanye ‘Creepers’ my only presence would’ve been on that one song, that I can’t even remember the title for…I don’t know how to feel but I would’ve much rather been off that song. I don’t care to be on people’s songs like that. Unless it came from a legitimate session where we’re all vibing and have an idea.”

Kid Cudi Denies Working With Justin Bieber

After a picture of Kid Cudi in the studio with Justin Bieber surfaced online in early January due to a picture the Canadian pop star posted on Instagram, rumors of a collaboration between the two musicians quickly circulated.

According to Cudi, Bieber merely came across him in the studio, asked to hear some of his new music, and requested a picture before departing.

“So I’m in the studio, it’s late—it’s like maybe one in the morning,” the Cleveland rapper said. “I’m sitting there and my head’s down and I’m kinda like vibing to the music and I feel somebody touch my shoulder. I look up and it’s Justin. In there, in the studio, just there. I said what’s up. It was actually the first time that we’ve had a real encounter. I mean I’ve seen him here and there, I’ve seen him around Jaden [Smith] but he’s never been in my space. He found out I was in there and wanted to say what’s up. So it was all cool. I let him sit there. We were hanging out and he wanted to hear a new song, wanted to hear some new shit. I played him Satellite Flight. He was into it. Then he played me a couple of his jams and that was it. There’s no song. He asked to take a photo before he left.”

Kid Cudi Speaks On Connection With Hit-Boy

In addition to his work with Brooklyn-based producer Dot da Genius, Kid Cudi has begun to work heavily with California beatsmith Hit-Boy. Cudi even revealed that his relationship with Hit-Boy has become similar to his connection with Dot.

“Yes. Because it all starts from the beat,” Kid Cudi said when asked if Hit-Boy inspired him to rap again. “When I find someone that I connect with on a creative, musical level, it’s a marriage, instantly. That’s exactly what you have seen with me and Dot da Genius. I have been married in music to Dot for several, several years. We have continued to make great music together. I almost feel like I have a new connection like that with Hit-Boy, where there’s a musical understanding without having to say anything. Those are rare combinations because I’ve been in the studio with many people, some of the greats and it just didn’t connect…Doing records with Hit-Boy, his energy, his innovativeness—he’s exciting, just as exciting as Dot is for me.

“We have created some amazing work and it’s a testament,” he added. “From ‘Red Eye’ to this new joint I did with him and Audio Push called ‘Scorn’ or whether it’s ‘Old School Caddy.’ There is musical magic between me and Hit-Boy and we’re going to keep working at it and coming up with some jams to please the fans because we think we can change shit, so we all about that.”

Kid Cudi’s interview with Complex comes on the week of the release of the rapper’s fourth studio album, SATELLITE FLIGHT: The journey to Mother Moon. Released unexpectedly, the LP consists of 10 tracks that are produced by both Kid Cudi and Dot da Genius. As of today (February 27), the album is expected to sell close to 90,000 units in its first week.

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  • Lauren

    Ive always been a huge follower of Kid Cudi; you could even go as far as saying that Im a fanatic when it comes to him. Not only is he a brilliant musician, but he is also just the coolest, most down to earth guy. His music has never been all about girls, money, sex, etc.; its about his struggles, what hes going through and how hes going through it. I feel like he truly listens to his fans, and makes music that makes him and his fans all feel connected, and thats something that proves to be a magical experience in a live show. As for Kanye, his music has always been something that I love to listen to. He, too, is a brilliant musician, yet I believe he lacks the personality that Kid Cudi has. Kanye is not someone, in my opinion, that fans can really relate to. He flaunts his fame, flashes his money, and according to this article, he uses other artists vocals without asking or even letting them know. Though Kanye used Kid Cudis vocals more than once without asking, Kid Cudi has reacted very well, in my opinion. There have been many stories in the music business over the years that deal with feuds and suings between artists over stolen music, so we see how Kid Cudi could have reacted to Kanye using his vocals in Guilt Trip. The fact that Kid Cudi did not react in an offensive way really shows the kind of person he is. Though, to be real, I dont think that getting on Kanyes bad side would work out in anyones favor. To quickly hit on what the article has to say about Justin Bieber and Hit Man and their relationships with Kid Cudi, I only think that these instances provide more proof that Kid Cudi is a wonderful person. Even though Justins been taking a lot of heat from the media and the public due to his actions, Kid Cudi treated him with respect when Bieber came across him in the studio. As for Hit Man and Kid Cudi, I love that Hit Man got Cudi wanting to get back in the rap game more. I love Kid Cudis newer music, but I always find myself going back to the older, more rap style albums.

  • Anonymous

    Love his honesty.

  • Regulus

    How Ye' can be in the studio with Tyga and Chief Keef while he had Cudi on the bench is beyond me..

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  • Anonymous

    kudi had a stronger image and could have went farther if he wasnt in direct competition with kanye

  • dan

    cudi isn't signed to good music anymore, so why pay him to come to the studio when they could just use a recycled beat they made when he was signed by good music, which I'm sure they own the rights to

  • Anonymous

    damn kudi a little bitch. so is his fans. Glad he left GOOD music because he aint that!!!

  • Anonymous

    that was a bitch ass move

  • MJ

    "Why put four bars of vocals to coax my fans into thinking this is a legitimate Kid Cudi feature on this song and it isnt?" Does he really think that Kanye needs his fans to sell albums??

  • Dentaldamboy

    Curtis Just confirmed this on twitter right now Curtis Jackson WILL finally be releasing the 'Black Magic' album on March 4th. If you pre-order it you would get 2 signed copies of 'Street King Immortal' for free(paid for by SMS audio to boost Sales figures like Jay-Z did with Samsung). Curtis was going to drop the album as a surprise like Beyonce but we decided to let yall know in advance. Then Animal Ambition coming out June 4th. Retail price $4. As Head of Accounting for Universal Records (also YMCMB). I can say that the retail price has been dropped low because Curtis doesn't have to pay Eminem, Dr Dre and Jimmy Iovine from every album. So yall go out to cop the albums when they get out.

  • Anonymous

    Ye totally took Cudi's style (regarding music and fashion), remixed it a bit, and ran to the hills with....

    • Anonymous

      damnnnn the nigga was prolly too high to go anyway

    • Ray Felton's Glock

      co-signed cudi when he was a nobody, helped make cudi a celebrity and millionaire, gave cudi writing credits for every song that he worked on for 808's, continues to feature Cudi on Yeezus, invited cudi to Paris to work on Yeezus sessions (but cudi was too busy- according to cudi). What else could Kanye do for the guy? Put a picture of Cudi's face on the front of the 808's album? Bottom line is don't bite the hand that feeds you.

  • Standard

    Whelp! that will be the last time he's featured period. Cudi get a tv deal and drops another album and decides to mouth off the guy who put him on....trife..... Cudi wouldnt be a movie deal there wouldn't be a Complex interview if it wasn't for Ye' pay homage and zip it homie. Ya feelin' ya self.

  • Anonymous

    I'm kinda torn as far as what he's saying. On one hand I really like that little piece added in, and the fact that it was from an old session is kind of a stroke of genius on kanye's part. While on the other hand and I can see how Cudi feels. May also be part of a greater discord between the two of em.

  • Anonymous

    90k LOL. Even Indicud sold over 140k opening week.

    • Anonymous

      for a album that had almost no promotion, no official singles and it was only released digitally, its not so bad. Cudi always sells 140-160K on the first week tho, wouldnt be surprised if he's sells that much when it comes out in stores, if its not under shipped

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