Kid Cudi on rekindling friendship with Kanye West: “I don’t see it happening”

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(NOTE LANGUAGE) Kid Cudi, who’s been open about the highs and lows of his life, is sharing more with his fans. As the cover star of Esquire‘s September issue, he dished details on a variety of topics, including the current and future status of his friendship with Kanye West.

Cudi met Ye at a Virgin Megastore in 2006, and he requested that Ye listen to his music. Two years later, they encountered each other again when the Chicago rapper signed Cudi to his G.O.O.D. Music record label. The stars went on to collaborate on West’s 808s & Heartbreak, but Cudi made it clear that Ye was not responsible for his discovery or success.

“I just want to clear that up for anybody that feels like Kanye made my career or made me who I am,” he explained. “He brought me on to do 808s. I thought that was really f***ing awesome. I wanted to be a part of a family and saw G.O.O.D. Music as that opportunity. So I finally said yeah. Kanye West did not come and pluck me out of Applebee’s or the Bape store.”

Cudi and Ye would continue to work together on projects in the following years, including Cudi’s Kids See Ghosts. Their friendship eventually came to an end when West called Cudi out for being friends with Pete Davidson, who dated his ex-wife, Kim Kardashian.

In the Esquire piece, Cudi explained that he has “zero tolerance for the wrong energies” and noted it would “take a mother****ing miracle” for them to rekindle their friendship. “I don’t see it happening. He gon’ have to become a monk,” he said.

Cudi’s full interview also sees him discussing his friendship with Virgil Abloh, wanting a girlfriend and some of his future projects. Check it out here.

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