Kanye West and Kid Cudi have publicly fallen out in an online altercation spurred by a post to Weest’s Instagram. West—apparently upset over Kid Cudi’s friendship with actor and comedian Pete Davidson (who is rumored to be dating West’s ex-wife Kim Kardashian)—posted to Instagram (and since deleted) that Cudi “will not be on Donda because he’s friends with you know who,” adding “we all speak in Billie language now.” Cudi responded to the post in the comments, saying “Too bad I don’t wanna be on ur album u fuckin dinosaur hahaha 🤣.” He also responded separately on Twitter, writing: “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.” West has since expressed feelings of betrayal, writing “I JUST WANTED MY FRIEND TO HAVE MY BACK THE KNIFE JUST GOES IN DEEPER” on a now-deleted Instagram post that featured a group photo with Davidson’s face X’d out.
West followed his initial post with another depicting himself and Davidson facing off in a faux Marvel movie poster. Text at the bottom of the image read: “United we stand. Divided we fall.” Behind West were superimposed images of Drake, Julia Fox, Travis Scott, and Future. The photoshopped crew behind Davidson included Kim Kardashian, Kid Cudi, Billie Eilish, and Taylor Swift. In yet another subsequent post, the words “Who will win?” floated above an image of West and Drake next to a separate picture of Cudi and Davidson. Both posts have since been deleted.
This is not the first time the friends and collaborators have feuded. Back in 2016, Cudi took to Twitter to attack both West and Drake, criticizing their use of multiple songwriters to make their music. West, on tour in support of his The Life of Pablo LP, responded from the stage in Tampa: “Don’t never mention ’Ye name. I birthed you,” adding “I’m so hurt. I feel so disrespected. Kid Cudi, we’re two Black men in a racist world. I wore skinny jeans first.” A week later in Houston, West backpedaled, saying “Kid Cudi is my brother,” and calling him “the most influential artist of the past 10 years.” The next month, when Drake released “Two Birds, One Stone,” a track aimed at Pusha T and Kid Cudi; West was listed in the credits as a writer, composer, and producer.
A year later, in November 2017, Cudi brought West out during his show at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago to perform “Father Stretch My Hands, Pt 1” from The Life of Pablo. It was West’s first live appearance since November 20, 2016—the final night of his Saint Pablo Tour. The following year, the two released their collaborative album Kids See Ghosts.
This article was originally published on Saturday, February 12 at 8:45 p.m. Eastern. It was last updated on Monday, February 14 at 10:20 a.m. Eastern.