Kanye West and Kid Cudi’s relationship took a downward turn in February when Kanye revealed Cudi wouldn’t appear on Donda 2 due to his association with Pete Davidson. Cudi responded by calling quits on their friendship and claimed Ye posted the message for social media clout after previously discussing the situation.
“Too bad I don’t wanna be on ur album u fuckin dinosaur hahaha,” he wrote at the time. “Everyone knows I’ve been the best thing about ur albums since I met you … We talked weeks ago about this. You’re whack for flipping the script and posting this lie just for a look on the internet. You ain’t no friend. BYE.”
So when it was announced Kanye West and Kid Cudi were both featured on Pusha T’s “Rock N Roll” off his It’s Almost Dry album, Cudi made clear he still wasn’t friends with Kanye.
“Hey! So I know some of you heard about the song I got w Pusha,” he said. “I did this song a year ago when I was still cool w Kanye. I am not cool w that man. He’s not my friend and I only cleared the song for Pusha cuz thats my guy. This is the last song u will hear me on w Kanye -Scott.”
During a recent interview with Vulture, Pusha T opened up about Kanye West and Kid Cudi’s fallout, while breaking down the making of “Rock N Roll” when they were in a good place.
“It fucking sucks,” he admitted. “You know Cudi is my fucking brother to the end. Just navigating these relationships, this brotherhood, the arguing … it gets public. It’s one thing for us to argue. We all argue — that’s not a problem. It gets out there, whether it’s Ye bickering first, or Cudi coming back with what he says. It’s super–fucked up.
“The day we made this record, everybody was so fucking happy. Ye’s chopping the Beyoncé sample. Cudi happens to come in that day. We see each other, and I hadn’t seen him in a while. He’s like, ‘I gotta get on a record. Are you crazy?’ Cudi did, like, three or four different references. Beyoncé cleared the sample. There was so much great energy around the making of that record.”
Pusha T added, “And, you know, time passes, and issues come up. Cudi really doubling down on this being the last time we’re going to hear them two together … He’s a super-convicted motherfucker. So I appreciate him clearing it up. He did what he did for his bro, and I love him for that.”