“Not [expletive] with me,” the 38-year-old artist said, according to a fan. video from the show.
About two seconds later the bottle whistled past his head; Cudi dropped the microphone and walked off the stage about 30 minutes after the performance, to the surprise of the thousands of fans at Hard Rock Stadium. Some booed while others immediately chanted for West, who is now known as E. West ended up making a surprise appearance on a Friday night, shortly after Cudi had left the stage.
Video of the incident went viral and critics condemned those in attendance, especially West’s fans, for disrespecting Cudi during his performance.
“Never Disrespect Kadi”, Complex Music wrote in a tweet.
A Cudi spokesperson, whose real name is Scott Mescudi, did not immediately respond to a request for comment early Saturday. Rolling Loud officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Cudi and West had a rich creative partnership until they fell out earlier this year. After West criticized Cudi on Instagram for his friendship with comedian Pete Davidson, who is dating Ye’s ex-wife Kim Kardashian, Cudi vowed never to work with West again and called him “dinosaur“.
“Well done for flipping the script and posting this lie just to see it online,” Cudi tweeted in February. – You’re not a friend. GOODBYE.”
In April, Kadi noted that the collaboration between him and West on the song “Rock N Roll” by rapper Pusha T would be the last song they would feature.
“I made this song a year ago when I was still cool [with] Kanye, Kadi tweeted. “I’m not cool [with] that man.”
Rolling Loud co-founders Tarik Sherif and Matt Zingler said in a statement this week that they had been working with West and his crew on his performance on the first night of the festival until the rapper decided to pull out for reasons that remain unclear.
“This is the first time a headliner has been removed from our show, and while we don’t take it lightly, we wish him well,” Sheriff and Zingler said, according to Pitchfork.
It wasn’t the first time West had turned down a headlining appearance at a music festival this year. According to Variety, he canceled his Coachella performance 11 days before his scheduled stage appearance. West was sued by a production and design company this month for $7.1 million, alleging in a California court that the rapper didn’t pay them for his canceled Coachella performance or his Donda 2 album release show.
But even though West supported Rolling Loud, the co-founders were happy to have Cudi take his place.
“We look forward to welcoming Kid Cudi as a headliner to Miami and can’t wait to see what he has in store,” Sheriff and Zingler said in a statement.
Prior to the performance, Cudi expressed his excitement at being the headliner of Rolling Loud by posting pictures of fans on Twitter ready to see him on stage.
“Who’s ready for face melting madness?” he tweeted about 90 minutes before the performance.
According to fan posts on social media, Cudi only had four songs in his set when bottles and trash started flying. When video of the incident circulated on social media, critics criticized the fans in attendance for forcing Cudi to end her set early.
“You’re all here disrespecting Kid Cudi and that proves you have no homeschooling or musical taste” tweeted Ashley Nicole Moss, Sports Illustrated host.
Shortly after he left the stage, rapper Lil Durk invited a surprise guest during his set: West. Despite turning down the headlining performance, West took the stage to perform “Father Stretch My Hands, Pt. 1” is a hit featuring Kadi.
“It was an interesting #RLMIAMI premiere,” the festival said in a statement. tweeted.
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