Rolling Loud: Despite dropping off the lineup less than a week earlier, Kanye West made a brief appearance during Lil Durk’s performance on the opening night of Rolling Loud in Miami on Friday, prompting the headliner, Kid Cudi, to leave the stage midway through his set.
Cudi hit with water bottle by Audience
At first, social media videos appeared to show Cudi getting hit in the face with a water bottle during his set. Later, we see the “Day ‘N’ Nite” rapper threatening to end his set early if the crowd doesn’t behave. I’m getting the hell out of here. “If I take another fucking hit, or if I have to look at another fucking thing on this fucking stage, I’m out of here,” he says. You shouldn’t mess with me. As the crowd began to chant West’s name, someone threw a water bottle at the rapper, prompting him to drop his mic and leave the stage.
Cudi Replaced West
Cudi was unexpectedly selected to take West’s position as the headlining act at the event after West was forced to cancel his performance there in order to focus on the release of his album Donda 2. (Fans had pushed Rolling Loud organizers to replace West with Travis Scott, which led to a bizarre incident in which one of the festival’s co-founders made a false claim that the event’s venue prohibited Scott from performing due to his association with a fatal crowd surge at his Astroworld festival last year.)
West, true to tradition, did indeed attend the festival and even made an appearance onstage with Lil Durk while dressed as the latter. He also collaborated with Lil Durk throughout his performance. Fans pointed out that Kid Cudi’s voice can be heard in a portion of “Father Stretch My Hands, Pt. 1,” which is taken from West’s album The Life of Pablo and was played in part.
It May be Calculated Move
It appeared to be a calculated move, given that West and Cudi had a public falling out in February after West criticized Cudi for being pals with Pete Davidson. (He’s presently dating West’s ex-wife, Kim Kardashian, and he used to star on Saturday Night Live.) West said in an Instagram post that has since been removed, “Just so everyone knows, Cudi will not be on Donda because he’s pals with you know who.”
Cudi tweeted back at West, calling him a “dinosaur,” and then accused him of lying in a series of tweets. The wrong individuals will leave your life when God opens the door, he tweeted.