Kid Cudi recalls Kanye's reaction to his decision to leave G.O.O.D. Music, revealing that Ye encouraged Cudder to do what feels right for him.
Kid Cudiofficially left the G.O.O.D. Music team last week, and while the decision came as a shock to many, his departureÂ from the collectiveÂ has been greeted with understanding from fans and labelmates like Big Sean. While it seemed as if his parting from the label was on good terms, G.O.O.D. Music leaderÂ and longtime friend and collaborator to Cudder,Â Kanye West had yet to comment on the situation. In an interview with L.A. Leakers, Cudi has revealed that Kanye was also very understanding of his position, and encouraged him to pursue his own lane.
"Yes! Do whatever the fuck you feel is right, I donât blame you. I feel you on that." Cudi reported to beÂ the initial reaction from Ye. The INDICUD rapper spoke of how Kanye always had faith in his vision. "[Kanye] believes in me, man. âMan, you the only one thatâs doing some authentic shit,â he sits there and he tells me. He gives me all these props and I donât even know how to consume it all sometimes. Itâs really overwhelming because I just think heâs so great. He just believes in me in such a freakish way that maybe he might not feel like he needs to be on a song with me or give me beatsâ¦ Itâs a cool thing to know that the Jedi Master â the Obi-Wan Kenobi â tells me, âYouâre alright, youâre doing good.â
The Cleveland artist spoke of how his growth away from G.O.O.D. could be seen in his relative absence from the crew's compilation Cruel Summer. "I don't think IÂ found any songs IÂ connected with" he said. On the collective'sÂ summer smash "Mercy", Cudi explained his lack of interest. "I might have had an opportunity to get on that record, IÂ don't know, maybe not" he revealed, adding "but there was never even a moment for me to be like... IÂ wanna be on this." He acknowledged the quality of the song upon hearing it, but felt he would be out of place on the track. "This is a raw ass record, but IÂ wouldn't want to hear Kid Cudi on this," in which he decided to step aside for his crew to hop in, saying,Â "Let these niggas kill it."
CudderÂ revealed that while part of the process of leaving the group meant taking the logo off his upcoming album INDICUD, the initial copies would still bear the branding. "The first 200,00 that they ship will say G.O.O.D. Music" he said, indicating that the copies would serve as collector's items, but confirmed thatÂ "when they go to reprint the new batch the logo won't be on there."
Cudi also gave a bit of insight into his newÂ collaboration with Kendrick Lamar.Â I look at Kendrick Lamar as the new "Solo Dolo,"Â like a nigga thatâs just doing his thing and just killing it and, âLook, I got my cosign, but I donât really need nobody, Iâm hot on my own.â It was just perfect. He came in and I had my verse, I didnât have a hook yet, he came up with the hookÂ andÂ his verse â on the spot. Collaborations are fun for me because you get a chance to see who can really do it and who canât.
INDICUDwill now be available April 16th, and if you want one of those "limited edition" copies with theÂ G.O.O.D. Music logo, make sure to pick it up early.
Watch the interview below.