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Kid Cudi Said My Writing is Worthless, So I Wrote About It

It's Friday night. I'm sitting in a circle  friends discussing the comments Kid Cudi made surrounding the state hip-hop. (What do you do with your Friday nights?) A few hours earlier, I wrote an article on the subject that wouldn’t be published until Monday, and I decided to pre-trial my opinion.

As much as I thought about what I had written, not once did I believe the article would reach Kid Cudi, and it was almost unimaginable that he'd respond. He’s pretty famous, million-plus followers on Twitter, and probably a plate full business to deal with to start the week.

Fast forward to Monday, the article is out and I’m on the way to my parent's house to give my mom a ride up the street. I check my phone and notice a Twitter notification with a mention from Kid Cudi. Admittedly, I’m excited; he’s acknowledging the article and potentially has something to say.

My excitement turned to a surreal shock when I read the message: 

Kid Cudi Said My Writing is Worthless, So I Wrote About It

I didn’t know what to say. Do I hit him with a meme? A gif? If there's a protocol here, I don't know it. I decided to be respectful and say, “I disagree, but thank you for sharing your 'opinion'.”

I RT’d his comment, so immediately, my followers are beginning to lose their shit. For some reason, I thought that would be the end our conversation.

To my surprise, Scott had more to say. “Like I said, your words hold no weight here. Not anywhere on this planet. Know this about yourself,” he tweeted.

When it comes to my craft, I’ve never been so disrespected. Kid Cudi wrote that. Kid Cudi. The voice all the lonely, depressed and outcast kids told me I’m worthless. This is the same guy that made A Kid Name Cudi and Man on the Moon, two tapes that I held dear because their impact during my high school years. I watched his come up, cheered for his success, and supported his releases.

What was I supposed to say? I honestly had no idea.

Before walking out the door I replied, “Words are my medium. So again, I completely disagree. I’ll continue to use them to get my point across.

I RT’d his second message before getting on the road. My phone is face down, shaking enough to be diagnosed with Parkinson's. Twitter is going crazy, my text messages are filling up, but mom is in the passenger and would have a heart attack if I attempted to text and drive. My mind is racing faster than the traffic, trying to comprehend why he was so obviously irate. Maybe I wouldn’t have been shocked if the piece was slanderous; an attempt to get a rise out him for pageviews, but that wasn’t the case. I was sincere in my rebuttal, and yet my thoughts were met with belittlement and utter disrespect.

By the time I had dropped f my mom, Cudi had deleted the tweets. I can only guess this wasn’t the “message” he wants hip-hop to receive.

Well, I heard it loud and clear. 

His message is that my words are meaningless. His message is that his fame makes him omnipotent and his opinion shouldn’t be questioned by a “sideline nigga.” I was such a fan his come up story, but that was when I was a just a listener and he was just an artist. Now I feel like his music is ruined for me. I can’t separate the man from the musician; he just took a giant shit on my art form, my self-expression.   

I’ve always been pretty fearless with what I choose to write, my fingers are moved by passion, not by name or stature. Now, though, I see how a reaction like this can change a writer's outlook. Especially in the age social media, when the barriers between writer and artist are so small (case in point), writers can prit by getting on the artist's good side, keeping them in a positive light, and reaping the benefits. I couldn’t do it, not without feeling dirty and vile. I’m not for sale, no amount RTs or pageviews can change that.

The relationship rappers have with writers has been more like a dysfunctional marriage for a long time. The closer a writer and rapper are the more they will love you when the words are in their favor, but the moment you write something displeasing, it’s a sign disloyalty. You become a Brutus, and they react accordingly.

After reading articles like, “Irate Rappers Give Journalists A Combat Beat” and “Mad Rappers: Wale, Complex and the History Violence in Hip-Hop Journalism,” it gave me a glimpse at how unpredictable the publishing a story can be. This was before social media and before artists could email in all-caps and send out their frustrations. We see more dialogue now because the digital platforms that connect us, but a few petty words on Twitter are nothing compared to having an irate rapper in your face, challenging you on your perspective, or beating you for it. This was certainly not that.

But who wants to feel like their opinion is being held at gunpoint? As a writer, you’re cheating yourself and your readers if you decide to be biased for the sake relationships and comfortability. If a piece is written without being disrespectful to the artist's craft, that artist doesn't have to agree, but they do have to respect the writer's craft the same.

I understand that trolls exist and artists could be on edge because how much negativity they receive every day, verbal or otherwise. Same with bloggers who will write pieces to ruffle feathers in hopes a traffic increase; they’re playing in oil while smoking cigarettes. Honestly, not every submission will be met with acclaim, not every review will be five mics and not every thought piece will shine your shit and pamper your ideals. But in the current climate integrity is being strangled; the pressure saying something honest with potential backlash, and saying something outlandish for the hope backlash, will only continue adding issues upon the issues.

As I told Kid Cudi, my words are my medium, and I’ll continue to use them to get my point across. No one is here to stroke egos or babysit feelings; we are here to deliver our perspectives and further discussions that surround the genre and culture that we love so much. 

My only vow to rappers and readers is that my mind is open, my ears are open, and my words are honest. No tweet, amount money or famous relationship will change that, and I know my fellow DJBooth brethren all carry the same sentiment.

By Yoh, AKA I’m G.O.O.D., aka @Yoh31

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Prodigy, J Dilla & Kid Cudi Highlight Record Store Day’s Black Friday Releases

Prodigy, J Dilla and Kid Cudi are among a number Hip Hop artists to feature on Record Store Day’s list upcoming releases for Black Friday (November 24).

A picture disc release Prodigy’s 2000 solo single “Keep It Thoro” is one two releases from the late Mobb Deep rapper. There will also be a 2-LP release P’s debut solo album, H.N.I.C.

A two-volume collection music from J Dilla will be released on limited color vinyl (V. 1 on green and V. 2 on purple) through Yancey Media Group. A portion the proceeds will go directly to Dilla’s two daughters, whose priles grace the album covers.

Kid Cudi’s most recent album, Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’, will also have its own 2-LP release.

Elsewhere, Three 6 Mafia’s Chpt. 2: World Domination will be available on vinyl for the first time ever in celebration the project’s 20th anniversary.

Danger Mouse’s collaboration with Run the Jewels and Big Boi, “Chase Me,” will be released on 12” vinyl. The cut, from the Baby Driver soundtrack, will have a limited release just 2,000 copies.

Record Store Day’s Black Friday event takes place on November 24.

An overview this year’s Hip Hop ferings from the event is below, in artist/title/label/format order.

Record Store Day Exclusive Release

Danger Mouse feat. Run The Jewels and Big Boi – “Chase Me” – Columbia Records – 12” Vinyl

DMC – Back From The Dead: The Legend Lives – Brookvale Records – 12” Vinyl

Prodigy – Keep It Thoro – Legacy Records – 12” Picture Disc

Record Store Day Limited Run / Regional Focus Release

Latyrx – The Album: 20th Anniversary DLX – Real People – 2 X LP

Three 6 Mafia – Chpt 2: World Domination – Get On Down – 2 X LP

Record Store Day First Release

Insane Clown Posse – The Great Milenko: 20th Anniversary Edition – Psychopathic Records – 2 X LP

J Dilla – J Dilla’s Delights V. 1 – Yancey Media Group – LP

J Dilla – J Dilla’s Delights V. 2 – Yancey Media Group – LP

Kid Cudi – Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’ – Republic – 2 X LP

Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz – Kings Crunk (15th Anniversary Double Platinum Vinyl Edition) – TVT Records – 2 X LP

Murs – 3:16 The 9th Edition – Emipre/Murs 316 – LP

The Notorious B.I.G. – Hypnotize – Bad Boy Records – 12” Vinyl

Sean Price – Refrigerator P – Coalmine Records – 10” Vinyl

Prodigy – H.N.I.C. – Get on Down – 2 X LP

Snoop Dogg – Neva Left – EMPIRE/Doggystyle Records – 2 X LP

Tyga – The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty – EMPIRE/Last Kings Music – LP

Non-Exclusive Records (Also Due Out Black Friday)

Madvillain – Four Tet Remixes 12” EP

MF Doom – Special Herbs 5 Cassette Box Set

To view the full list upcoming releases for Black Friday, visit Record Store Day.

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Kid Cudi Hitting The Road For Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin' Tour

Kid Cudi is preparing to embark on a North American tour in support his 2016 album Passion, Pain, and Demon Slayin.

Starting September 30, fans can catch him on the road for a run shows that end in November. Cudi has been relatively quiet in 2017 following a rough 2016, which saw him check into rehab for depression and suicidal urges. Things seem to be better now as he informed fans that he “was good” at his BET Experience performance in June and was recently spotted hanging out with Kanye West.

Check out all Cudi’s upcoming tour dates below.

09-30 – Philadelphia, PA – Skyline Stage at the Mann
10-01 – Boston, MA – Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
10-03 – Wallingford, CT – Toyota Oakdale Theatre
10-04 – Toronto, Ontario – Rebel Complex
10-06 – New York, NY – Central Park Summerstage
10-07 – Cleveland, OH – Wolstein Center at CSU
10-08 – Washington, D.C. – Echostage
10-11 – Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheater
10-12 – Atlanta, GA – Coca-Cola Roxy Theatre
10-14 – Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live
10-15 – Miami, FL – James L. Knight Center
10-17 – New Orleans, LA – Mardi Gras World
10-19 – Houston, TX – Revention Music Center
10-22 – Dallas, TX – Bomb Factory
10-28 – Mesa, AZ – Mesa Amphitheatre
10-29 – Los Angeles, CA – Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival
11-02 – Oklahoma City, OK – The Criterion
11-04 – Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom
11-06 – Saint Paul, MN – Myth Live Event Center
11-08 – Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom
11-10 – Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium
11-11 – Salt Lake City, UT – SaltAir
11-14 – Sacramento, CA – Sacramento Memorial Auditorium
11-17 – Avila Beach, CA – Avila Beach Resort
11-18 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theater
11-21 Vancouver, BC – PNE Forum
11-22 Seattle, WA – WaMu Theater

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Tyler The Creator Unveils Camp Flog Gnaw 2017 Lineup

Tyler The Creator has put together a diverse lineup for this year’s Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival.

The Odd Future founder unveiled the bill for the 2017 edition, which includes everyone from Migos to legendary jazz musician Roy Ayers. 2 Chainz, Vince Staples, Kid Cudi, A$AP Rocky, Mac Miller, Kamaiyah, Lil Yachty and Denzel Curry are just some the notable Hip Hop acts set to perform.

Much the OFWGKTA crew is set to perform too, including Earl Sweatshirt and The Internet. Solange, Lana Del Rey, Kehlani and Kelis are among the other big names slated for the festival.

Check out the entire lineup below.

Camp Flog Gnaw 2017 takes place October 28-29 at Exposition Park in Los Angeles, California. Passes go on sale this Thursday (August 17) at noon PDT. Find more information at the festival’s website.

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Kanye West & Kid Cudi Photo Sets Off More Collab Speculation

Japan – To say that Kanye West and Kid Cudi have chemistry together is an understatement. They’ve fallen out on multiple occasions and reconciled their differences publicly. Together they’ve made some incredible music, and, if we’re lucky, they could be joining forces again.

Talk some kind collaboration from the two, possibly called Everybody Wins, has been revitalized thanks to a recent trip to Japan where they linked up with artist Takashi Murakami, the man behind the cover for Graduation and the artwork featured in the “Good Morning” video.

On Friday (August 11), Murakami posted a picture on Instagram that features himself, Cudi, and West, standing in front a wall at his studio. The caption below reads “Long to no see @kidcudi and #kanyewest. Thank you for coming to my studio. It was fire???.”

Mention a possible project comes from Coodie Rock, the co-owner Creative Control LLC and long-time Kanye video collaborator, and Greg “Olskool Ice-Gre” Lewis, the first A&R for G.O.O.D. Music, who also posted photos the same visit to their accounts.

Rock’s group photo contains the three artists with the caption, “Coming Dec 31st! #EVERYBODYWINS #GODisGREAT.” Lewis’ picture also featured the three artists with the caption “Coming Dec 31st #EverybodyWins.”

Fans began to speculate about a joint project last December when Cudi’s tour drummer Mike Moore uploaded a video to Instagram featuring an in-progress Cudi project with West vocals. The post was quickly deleted but the video was captured by KanyeToThe.

Last month, West and Cudi were spotted in Los Angeles, along with their former manager Plain Pat.

With production credits in The Life Pablo and Passion, Pain, & Demon Slayin’, Pat’s inclusion could mean that something really is in the works.

West and Cudi collaborated on “Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1” f West’s latest album, The Life Pablo. DX named it the third best song 2016.

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Kendrick Lamar, Nas, Lil Uzi Vert & More To Appear On "NBA Live 18" Soundtrack

The Virtual Basketball Court – The NBA Live franchise is still trying to gain ground on the massive success that is NBA 2K. EA Sports’ next entry, NBA Live 18, faces an uphill battle against its 2K Sports counterpart but one thing it can boast about is its soundtrack.

EA unveiled the musical lineup for this year’s iteration, which is stacked with some the top names in Hip Hop. Kendrick Lamar, Nas, Lil Uzi Vert, 2 Chainz, Rick Ross and Kid Cudi are just a few the prominent artists featured in the game. Emerging acts like Aminé, Kamaiyah, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie and Kyle are also included.

Stream a portion the NBA Live 18 soundtrack and check out the entire tracklist below.

2 Chainz, “4 AM” f. Travis Scott
Aminé, “Heebiejeebies” f. Kehlani
Ayo & Teo, “Rolex”
Dave East, “Paper Chasin” f. A$AP Ferg
Ezri, “1/1”
Gorillaz, “Let Me Out” f. Pusha T and Mavis Staples
Joey Bad4$$, “Ring The Alarm” f. Kirk Knight, Nyck Caution and Meechy Darko Flatbush Zombies
Kamaiyah, “How Does It Feel”
Kap G, “Rings”
Kendrick Lamar, “DNA.”
Khary, “Find Me”
Kid Cudi, “Surfin’” f. Pharrell Williams
Kyle, “Want Me Bad” f. Cousin Stizz
Lil Uzi Vert, “XO TOUR Llif3”
MGK, “Trap Paris” f. Quavo and Ty Dolla $ign
Mura Masa, “All Around The World” f. Desiigner
Nas x J Dilla, “The Season”
NAV, “NAV”
Nick Grant, “Get Up” f. WatchtheDuck
Playboi Carti, “wokeuplikethis*” f. Lil Uzi Vert
PnB Rock, “Stand Back” f. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie
Rapsody, “OooWee” f. Anderson .Paak
Rick Ross, “Summer Seventeen”
Russ, “I’m Here”
Stefflon Don, “Real Ting”
THEY., “U-RITE”
Tunji Ige, “Pounds”
Year Of The Ox, “Jet Lag”
Yellow Claw, “City On Lockdown” (Instrumental Mix)

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Andre 3000 Praises Young Thug: To Do Those Things He Does, You Have To Have Big Balls

Some OutKast fans were shocked when Erykah Badu compared “mumble rapper” Young Thug to GOAT contender André 3000.

“Amazing Thugger. Reminds me a certain ATLien I know,” tweeted Badu in response to Thug’s controversial Jeffery album cover.

It turns out Dré is a big fan his fellow Atlanta native’s music and style.

3000 spoke about Young Thug in a feature article for Complex.

“He’s exciting,” said Andre. “There’s no box. He’s all over the place. To do those things he does, you have to have big f-ckin’ balls.”

The Love Below creator continued, “It’s almost harder than the guy who’s portraying hard, you know? It’s kind mind-f-cking people. It’s saying, don’t get too comfortable with me. That’s one my mottos: Don’t let people get too comfortable with what you’re doing.”

André is rarely releasing music these days, but he has contributed to recent projects by Frank Ocean, Kanye West, A Tribe Called Quest, Travis Scott, and Kid Cudi.

“There’s always a new wave artists, and sometimes I’m just like, ‘I’m good. I’ll let the young guys do it.’ And whenever they reach out and say, ‘Hey, let’s try something,’ I’m with helping them,” explained Dré. “I’m doing it more for them than for my own self. I don’t get much happiness from doing music like that – I get happiness from pleasing who I’m working with, and helping them, and seeing them be excited.”

Unfortunately, Kast followers should not hold their breath for a new album from the Grammy winning duo.

“Even with Outkast – if we never do another album, I’m totally fine with that,” stated 3 Stacks.

He added, “At this stage I’m really more focused on what I am going to be doing 10 years from now. And I hope to God it won’t be rapping.”

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Are Kanye West & Kid Cudi Back In The Studio Together?

(AllHipHop Rumors) Word on the curb is that Yeezy Yeezy may be working on a new album. Are Kanye West & Kid Cudi Back In The Studio Together?

It’s no secret that Kanye West needed to take a good amount time f after his public mental breakdowns, rants, and tour cancellations.

Ye was caught earlier this month leaving a studio session with the Migos, and now photos have surfaced showing Ye with Kid Cudi and Plain Pat.

Almost a year and a half ago West was working on a material for his then] Turbo Grafx 16 album.

Cudi, Pat, and Mike Dean were also there to help with ideas for the project.

None the parties have hinted at anything big coming, but it’s making folks wonder if Kanye could be readying an album for late 2017 or early 2018.

Are you ready for a new Kanye album?!

Join the rumor community! Do you have a rumor tip that you would like to share? If you hear or see something, send us a tip to AHHrumors@gmail.com.

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Kanye West, Kid Cudi & Plain Pat Spotted Leaving The Studio [Photos]

Kanye West suffered a mental break and even Jay-Z hurled shots at him—this means there’s a 95% chance his next album is going to be marvelous. Such hopes have only been bolstered after Yeezy, Kid Cudi and Plain Pat were spotted hanging out at the studio. 

Plain Pat, born Patrick Reynolds, used to manage both Cudi and Yeezy during the formation some their better work such as the former’s debut Man on the Moon: The End Day and the latter’s The College Dropout, which he A&R’d.

So seeing this trio back on good terms and kicking it reportedly near the studio is only a positive.

West’s new album, titled Turbo Grafx 16 has the potential to be a game changer.

Peep photos Yeezy, Kid Cudi and Plain Pat in their element below.

Photo: WENN.com

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