Just days after it was reported Davidson and Kanye’s ex-wife, Kim Kardashian, had ended their nine-month relationship, the Chicago rap icon returned to Instagram on Monday (August 8) to pour salt into the SNL comedian’s wound.
Kanye posted a mock cover of The New York Times featuring a headline that read: “Skete Davidson Dead At Age 28.”
He also poked fun at Kid Cudi — a close friend of Davidson — who stormed off the stage at Rolling Loud Miami last month after being pelted by objects from the crowd. Cudi was drafted in as a last-minute headliner replacement for Kanye, who had pulled out of the festival for unknown reasons.
“Kid Cudi meant to play funeral but fearful of bottle throwers,” read the small print at the bottom of the newspaper.
Kanye West’s Instagram post resumes a campaign against both men that began earlier this year.
After Davidson began dating Kardashian last October, Kanye portrayed the comedian’s decapitation in the video for his “EAZY” collaboration with The Game, while repeatedly referring to him as “Skete” on social media.
Kid Cudi found himself caught in the crossfires due to his relationship with Davidson, with Kanye publicly cutting him from his DONDA 2 album over perceived disloyalty.
“I JUST WANTED MY FRIEND TO HAVE MY BACK. THE KNIFE JUST GOES IN DEEPER,” he wrote on Instagram in February. “THE REASON I ASKED CUDI TO AT THE LEAST SPEAK TO SKETE IS BECAUSE FOR YEARS CUDI ALWAYS MADE IT SEEM LIKE IT WAS ME AND HIM AGAINST EVERYONE NOW THAT IM FIGHTING FOR MY FAMILY HE NOT BY MY SIDE THIS IS BIGGER THAN MUSIC.”
The Cleveland, Ohio native responded by calling Ye a “fuckin dinosaur” and accusing him “flipping the script and posting this lie just for a look on the internet.” He later declared he’d no longer work with his former G.O.O.D. Music boss and Kids See Ghosts collaborator.
Kanye West’s attacks against Davidson and others resulted in his Instagram account being suspended in March, with the social media platform saying he violated their policies on hate speech, harassment and bullying.
It’s unclear whether this latest post will land him in hot water — or for how long it will remain visible on his page, given Mr. West’s penchant for deleting his Instagram posts.