Roc Nation’s Wale has stepped forward to publicly address Kid Cudi recently calling him out via reference on his “Thank You” freestyle.
According to Wale, he did not reference Cudi in hopes of sparking tension.
“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)
Based on a published interview with Complex magazine last week, Cudi calls out Wale’s freestyle.
“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)
Following the published interview, Wale tweeted his reaction and referenced Cudi’s recent arrest on liquid cocaine possession.
“n*ggas lettin that liquid cocaine get to them…..lets go then,” he tweeted Friday (September 17).
“#shoutout to everybody tryn they hardest to go in on me, u can’t say nuffn bout me #NT aint already said. I’m wack? Who tol u radio? Oh, ok” (Wale’s Twitter)
On his new More About Nothing mixtape, Wale subliminally mentions his fallen relationship with Cudi.
“Maybe it’s on me or brother it’s on you/ Or maybe it’s they fault that we ain’t holla since June/F*ck it we on the move/None of us tryna lose/I am outta this world and you are a ‘Man on The Moon’.” (Hip Hop Wired)
Check out Wale speaking on Kid Cudi below: