Kanye West and Kid Cudi's beef is over | EW.com

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Kanye West calls 'brother' Kid Cudi 'most influential artist of the last 10 years'

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Last week, Kid Cudi aired discontents about some of his rap peers — specifically citing Kanye West and Drake — on Twitter. And while both of Cudi’s named targets initially responded with vitriol, West walked back his criticism’s of his once-protege at a concert in Houston on Tuesday night. “I just wanted to take time out to say Kid Cudi is my brother,” he said. West added that Cudi is “the most influential artist of the past 10 years, and I hope he’s doing well.”

The beef began last Wednesday, when Cudi tweeted that he had “many haters with the industry” but planned “to crush their entire existence.” After alluding to writing-by-committee — the recording approach West notably used on this year’s The Life of Pablo — Cudi tweeted a clarification: “My tweets apply to who they apply. Ye, Drake, whoever. These n—-s don’t give a f— about me. And they ain’t f—in with me.” (Cudi, who has collaborated extensively with West over the years, appeared on one of Pablo’s songs.)

West took on Cudi’s comments that night at the Tampa stop of his Saint Pablo tour. “Kid Cudi, don’t ever mention ‘Ye name,” he said. “I birthed you.” Later in his remarks, Kanye continued: “I’m so hurt. I feel so disrespected. Kid Cudi, we’re two black men in a racist world. I wore skinny jeans first.” Drake was more concise in his criticism at an Oakland show the same night. “Boy, you getting way too high,” the MC said. “You need to cud-it.”

West and Drake have both notched No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200 albums chart in 2016, with The Life of Pablo and Views, respectively.