Yesterday, Complex posted the outtakes from CuDi’s cover story, which only served to toss a little more fuel to the fire as we got to read more of Mr. Rager’s views on Wale, Gaga and the costliness of that coke bust.
Complex: Last September you shot a page for GQ’s Men of the Year issue with him and Drake; was everything cool then?
Kid CuDi: The whole time me and him and Drake were doing the GQ shoot, Wale was bitching and being aggravated that clothes weren’t in his size, just really not cooperating and being difficult, and just being a diva. The photographer was like, “Wale, c’mon, smile a bit” and he was like, “Man, I don’t smile, let these other guys smile.” I was like, what kind of shit is that? In my head I’m thinking, “man, this is GQ. If these niggas want you to smile, smile.” We just got picked for “Men of the Year,” that shit is awesome. It’s wack to be on that shit when you’re at a photo shoot, he shouldn’t be getting all riled up. There was tension throughout the whole shoot. Me and Drake have a rapport, we’re cool. We were automatically hitting it off, and kicking it, and Wale was just not trying to be in the situation. He was trying to be too cool. He was acting like he’s too good for the situation, and that’s how he always is. He always acts like he’s bigger than what he is, and I don’t fuck with that at all.
Okay, the cat is out of the bag. Are CuDi’s assessments accurate? That’s debatable, depending on your take. But aside from reality television, the viewing public has been trained to believe everyone on the screen & airwaves gets along, which is utter bullshit. Regardless the number of “send it through” tracks and the picture painted by the media, all of these new rappers are not bosom buddies. This includes all of XXL’s glorified Freshman classes. By and large, I think I’ve dealt with all of these guys in some capacity and I’ve gotten tepid, trained responses ranging from “Yeah, he’s cool but…” to flat-out responses along the lines of “Man, we don’t f#ck with you musically.” From my cozy chair, there’s nothing new to be found here. What’s surprising is Cudi’s frankness regarding Wale; I think Joe La Puma fed him ‘shrooms in order to get the rapper this wide open.
Still, I don’t think this is comparable to LL vs. Moe Dee or the early ’80s battle for borough supremacy in NYC between the Bronx and Queens. For one, neither of these guys have the ice in their veins necessary for battling so I’m guessing the jabs will be traded within the lines of interviews instead of bringing it down to beats. There’s no threat of violence à la Tim Dogg waging war against Compton or I don’t see a G.O.O.D. artist unsheathing a blade from the inner pocket of their Rosewood suit and stabbing Wale in the ass @ the next awards show. What we have is egos clashing while fighting for space of the magnate. In ways, that’s sad because instead of having two promising emcees going line for line, song for song, we’re left waiting for Twitter meltdowns and swipes obtained by crafty scribes.
For all CuDi’s talk about how he and Kanye reign supreme, he can back it up musically. I’ve repeatedly told people that MoTM was the album Kanye wanted to make when he created 808’s… He pretty much confirmed my thought in his recent XXL feature. Between the two artists, they combine to create an illuminating, rock star glow that’s larger than life where they cover magazines, record in seclusion in Hawaii and bang top notch hoes © UGK. They’re managing to create an aura and a subculture surrounding their music, one that attracts more than it repels. What they have and we’re witnessing is a constantly evolving image of what a top-selling rapper can be – veracious, emotional and engaging. Let’s face it: the game is way more exciting when Kanye’s around than when he’s not. Couple his erratic behavior and flair for life with CuDi’s open book approach and we, the fans, are getting our money’s worth in entertainment.
Where Hip-Hop once rebelled against various institutions, this newfound outspoken and brashness are bringing back a missing element that’s been on mute since Curtis circa ’03. It’s enjoyable to watch and hear artists put their peers on front street, tattle-telling and dishing the dirt on who’s a prick, who’s not keeping it the same in both public and private and just sheer hypocrisy. I don’t think it’s accountability, more than it would be calling each other to task. At this point, the rap game has been over-saturated with acts like Plies and Ross, who I don’t care how much they sell or how much I do enjoy parts of their music, I’ll never fully support any arguments regarding them as being trendsetters or “best-ever’s.” Ross specifically, because the music I grew up on and cherish was built on one particular characteristic – honesty.
Previously Posted — KiD CuDi Drops Wale, Lady Gaga & Cocaine Like Bad Habits