News: Unreleased Kid Cudi Interview Explains Wale Rift, "[He] Was Just One Of Those N*ggas That Was Envious"
Tuesday, Oct 5, 2010 1:30PM
An previously unreleased Kid Cudi interview with Complex magazine has been exposed and explains the rapper's underlying issues with former associate Wale.
When asked about his attitude shift toward the Washington, D.C.-based lyricist, Cudi described his disinterest with associating with Wale.
"I really don't understand what's up with this guy, but he's just somebody I don't click with anymore. I started making changes in my life and started to realize positive energy around me, and he never really had a good energy. I never felt like he wanted to see me prosper, it was just one of those n*ggas that was envious rather than happy for a n*gga. I could be reading it wrong, but I'm not making beef and rearranging my life. It's pretty obvious he feels some type of way about it. I'm not into peer mediation and working things out, I'm just trying to provide for my daughter and my family and making music for my fans. I vibe with certain people and some people I don't." (Hip Hop N More)
In the original published interview, Cudi called out a past freestyle performed by Wale.
"It wasn't a shot, it's just a simple-a** rhyme by a simple-a** rapper. You can't let that sh*t faze you. That's one of those raps that just shows the world that you wack. Why would you even use that as a metaphor? Everybody think they Hov. N*ggas ain't got the magic like they think they do; there's only a couple of wizards in this game. I'm a wizard and I know it," Cudi said. "The last album, I let people dis me, throw out those jabs in their verses and have their little slick remarks. This time around, I'm not f*cking around. I have no time to think about other n*ggas. These other motherf*ckers like feeding off another n*gga's energy, so they mention their name. You hear me talk about n*ggas? ... N*ggas are just so thirsty it's ridiculous. I've been eating humble pie forever, and people still call me an a**hole. These people don't know my f*cking life--now I'm going to give them something to talk about." (Complex)
Wale later came forward and said his freestyle was not meant to spark a beef.
It's a line, it's a freestyle, you know, I could use your name as a metaphor," Wale told DJ Drama when asked if he intentionally dissed Cudi in a past freestyle. "It's just rap music. It ain't no malice out of it. It's whatever. It's a line, that's what rappers do.Nine out of ten rappers wouldn't take that as a diss...Sometimes I'm the king of diamonds and I like to throw my wallet around. I like to throw around wallets sometimes, you know? It's just a line. But now, as I'm growing as a man and an artist, you just see what you gotta do and how you gotta carry yourself, and why you keep your circle small. But I appreciate it." (DJ Drama)
The war of words also caught G.O.O.D. Music's Pusha T's attention who reached out to Wale.
"I don't find myself in the middle of it at all. I did speak to Wale because he is a friend of mine. He actually mentioned it ot me and we just had a brief talk. It was basically just keep making your music and whatever happens happens. I told him I wouldn't really hop on that. They're both talented and both have their fans. However this thing spawned, who knows? I've seen them together at times, so I don't really know how serious it is. I do know they're both really talented. We spoke about it and the end result was keep making music." (Karen Civil)
Check out Wale speaking on Kid Cudi below: