Kid Cudi Samples Old XXXTENTACION Track On "INSANO": Fans React

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 10: Scott "Kid Cudi" Mescudi speaks during the Los Angeles screening & reception for Netflix's "Entergalactic" at Netflix Tudum Theater on October 10, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Netflix)
Some fans thought it was disrespectful to market this as a brand-new feature, but others had a more nuanced take.

Kid Cudi's new album INSANO has plenty of notable collaborations across its creative tracklist, but fans were particularly excited for one. However, when they tuned into the track "X & CUD," they found that the XXXTENTACION "feature" was just a sample of his 2017 song "Orlando," which is off his album 17. Some fans expressed strong disappointment in this, appreciating the gesture but feeling cheated and exploited with how the collaboration was announced. On the other hand, some listeners referred to the late Florida rapper's producer John Cunningham, who indicated via Twitter on Monday (January 8) that this would a sample of a previously released track and not a brand-new feature.

Furthermore, a lot of fans think people overreacted, bu understandably so, given the vague nature of these announcements. After all, XXXTENTACION's work has been exploited far too much already for morbid profit, which is why many fans are so hesitant to celebrate new music to the fullest. At the same time, though, this is Kid Cudi's way of paying homage and making a tribute rather than fully collaborating, which is clear now that we can listen to the track in its full context. Back in 2021, the Cleveland creative expressed regret at never getting the chance to work with him or another artist gone far too soon, Juice WRLD.

Kid Cudi's INSANO Samples Old XXXTENTACION Song

Meanwhile, this isn't the only hot topic of conversation surrounding Kid Cudi's new studio offering's host of features. A$AP Rocky also ruffled some feathers by potentially issuing a response to Drake's alleged disses towards him and his boo– and their romantic overlap– Rihanna. Of course, this is purely speculative, but it's pretty hard not to read between the lines when Pretty Flacko talks about a "mandrake." We'll see whether either MC responds to this in some way.

Fans React To "X & CUD"

Not only that, but we also have a deluxe version of INSANO to look forward to in the near future. If you're curious, check out more reactions to this X "feature" above. Also, let us know what you think about all this down in the comments section below. For more news and the latest updates on Kid Cudi and XXXTENTACION, log back into HNHH.

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Gabriel Bras Nevares is a music and pop culture news writer for HotNewHipHop. He started in 2022 as a weekend writer and, since joining the team full-time, has developed a strong knowledge in hip-hop news and releases. Whether it’s regular coverage or occasional interviews and album reviews, he continues to search for the most relevant news for his audience and find the best new releases in the genre. What excites him the most is finding pop culture stories of interest, as well as a deeper passion for the art form of hip-hop and its contemporary output. Specifically, Gabriel enjoys the fringes of rap music: the experimental, boundary-pushing, and raw alternatives to the mainstream sound. As a proud native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, he also stays up-to-date with the archipelago’s local scene and its biggest musical exponents in reggaetón, salsa, indie, and beyond. Before working at HotNewHipHop, Gabriel produced multiple short documentaries, artist interviews, venue spotlights, and audio podcasts on a variety of genres and musical figures. Hardcore punk and Go-go music defined much of his coverage during his time at the George Washington University in D.C. His favorite hip-hop artists working today are Tyler, The Creator, Boldy James, JPEGMAFIA, and Earl Sweatshirt.