Kanye West stopped his concert on Wednesday night (14Sep16) to call out former protege Kid Cudi for "disrespecting" him in a Twitter rant about fake artists.
The Day 'n' Nite star had a major breakthrough in his career when Kanye signed him to his G.O.O.D. Music label in 2008, which he left in 2013, and on Wednesday he went on a Twitter rant, blasting "fake" rappers who make "corny" music and "wont be lasting too much longer". He later clarified he was referring to "Ye", aka Kanye and Drake.
Kanye took the opportunity to respond to Kid Cudi's comments publicly hours later during his Saint Pablo Tour concert in Tampa, Florida. He stopped the music during his track I Don't Like to embark on a lengthy rant, in which he told the rapper to respect him and not bad-mouth him again.
"Kid Cudi, don't ever mention 'Ye name," he said, referring to himself in the third person. "I birthed you... Don't try to say who I can do songs with. You mad 'cause I'm doing songs with Drake? Ain't nobody telling 'Ye who to do songs with! Respect the God!
"You know how many people wish they could be signed to G.O.O.D. Music, get they life changed? Have that opportunity? Never forget that. I'm so hurt. I feel so disrespected... Why y'all got to come at me?... Don't never mention my name in a bad manner. None of y'all!"
Drake also addressed the comments onstage during a concert in Oakland, California on Wednesday but in a more subtle manner.
"Boy, you getting way too high. You need to cut it. Real talk," Drake said, making the "cut it" sound like "Cudi". The sentence references O.T. Genasis' 2015 song Cut It.
During his Twitter rant, Kid Cudi, real name Scott Mescudi claims his rap rivals kept him close out of fear and he is done with being loyal to those who aren't to him. He also wrote he was fed up of keeping quiet out of "blind loyalty", adding he is now a "threat" to those artists.
The rappers have collaborated on tracks a number of times, including Kanye's All of the Lights and most recently Father Stretch My Hands from his album The Life of Pablo.