Now, I’m not usually one to take the bait and discuss pop culture issues, but this particular incident hit close to home. Over the past few weeks, there has been a lot of buzz surrounding Kid Cudi’s Twitter rant where he called out Drake and Kanye West, among others.
Two main tweets which stood out from the incident are:
As you may have realized, I’m a huge Cudi fan. Even I have a hard time listening to some of his new music, especially Speedin’ Bullet 2 Heaven. With a release date of September 30, 2016, Passion, Pain, & Demon Slayin’, Cudi’s newest album, it appears Cudi felt a lack of support from his brethren.
Kid Cudi admitted himself into the hospital days after the verbal assault due anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts. Cudi, in my mind, has never been psychologically sound. His message through his lyrics has often been about battling his inner self, and never giving up the fight. It was sad for me to see Cudi give in to his darkest thoughts. His music had always been a source of inspiration to me, and it helped me to get through many anguishing moments throughout my life.
Cudi being admitted into a mental hospital for suicidal thoughts didn’t stop Drake from clapping back. Drake released a song weeks after it was made public that Cudi had checked into rehab, where he proceeded to attack. The lyrics are as follows:
I’ll admit, it was well-written, I’m just curious which one of Drake’s 81 ghostwriters used on his last album wrote it for him. Let’s get one thing straight. Drake is not a rapper. Drake is a performer, an artist and a musician, but not a rapper.
Cudi and Drake came on the scene together back in the late 2000’s. They both rose quickly to fame and became the face of hip hop at the time. Drake appeared in Cudi’s Pursuit of Happiness music video, and the two did a photoshoot for Complex together where they were deemed the future of hip hop. The two were good friends to the best of our knowledge.
Now we have this. Drake lost a ton of credibility and respect from me.
It’s one thing to go back and forth and chirp one another. It’s a completely different story when we have one man living out his dreams at the top of the totem pole-kicking an individual who has lost most of their prestige and just checked themselves into rehab.
Drug addiction and mental health are two areas I don’t speak of lightly. As a society, we aim to remove the stigma surrounding these issues so individuals will want to seek help without fear of judgement. What does Drake decide to do? Call out Kid Cudi in front of millions about his drug addiction, and his “phases” of depression and suicidal thoughts.
I’m not naive. I’m well aware of the fact that Kid Cudi did in start this, even though he shouldn’t have. But did the fact that days later he was in rehab not signal that, you know, maybe he wasn’t in a very good space mentally? For myself it was as clear as day. Drake could have taken the high road and shown some compassion for his old friend, instead he decided he would mock Kid Cudi’s addiction and depression. I guess “Revenge” isn’t just what was printed on Drake’s tour hoodies, but something he takes seriously, no matter what the circumstance.