On Wednesday, Kid Cudi shook Twitter with a scathing rant, calling out those who he feels have taken advantage of him in the past. Among those named was none other than Kanye West:
Headlines across the internet expressed shock for his mentioning of Kanye, but it doesn’t come as a complete surprise. In response, Kanye went on a rant of his own during the Tampa stop of his Saint Pablo Tour, saying, “don’t never mention Ye name. I birthed you.”
You can watch the rest of Ye’s response here, but this post isn’t about the beef. Kanye and Kid Cudi have a long track record together, and it’s hard to think that this scuffle could keep them from working with each other again. So, in no particular order, here are five of Kanye and Cudi’s greatest collaborations:
“Welcome to Heartbreak”
The second track on 808s & Heartbreak, “Welcome to Heartbreak” highlights Kid Cudi’s biggest strength in songwriting: addictive hooks. In an interview with Pharell on Beats 1 Radio earlier this year, Cudi revealed that the original melody for this hook came about during a studio session for Jay Z’s Blueprint 3 when Kanye played the beat for him. Ye and Cudi flow together effortlessly, crafting the distorted, autotuned landscape that helped make 808s so pivotal.
“Christian Dior Denim Flow”
During Kanye’s recording sessions for My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, he began releasing weekly tracks as part of his G.O.O.D. Fridays series. The series showcased artists on GOOD Music’s extensive roster at the time, including Kid Cudi (who left GOOD in 2013). “Christian Dior Denim Flow” is no doubt driven by Cudi’s melodies, and he sounds right at home over the menacing guitars that build up to an awesome final verse. Kanye’s vocals are heavily distorted, almost sounding like a precursor to “Gorgeous”—which brings me to the next item on this list.
“Gorgeous” is Kanye West and Kid Cudi in their element. Three lengthy, powerful verses from Ye and another haunting chorus from Cudi perfectly strikes a balance between meaningful and banger-worthy. Both of them “are coming after whoever who has it,” scored once again by roaring guitars and lo-fi drums. Can it be 2010 again?
“Make Her Say”
It’s rare for an artist to hone their craft so well on a debut album, but Kid Cudi did just that on Man On The Moon: The End of Day. “Make Her Say,” is no doubt one of the highlights on MOTN—you can never go wrong with Kanye producing for a Cudi track. Over an acoustic version of Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face,” Kid Cudi expertly tongue twists his way through this beat and uses the sample to make the song his own. Kanye doesn’t just remain behind the boards, though, and also offers his own verse full of classic Ye-isms.
“Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1”
When the beat to “Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1” dropped after the Young Metro tag, I instantly recognized Kid Cudi’ signature half-hum; I knew another classic collab was unfolding before my ears. It wouldn’t feel right if Ye’s new album didn’t have at least some trace of Cudi on it, and FSMH wouldn’t sound complete without the two of them. Could this be one of the last times we get to hear them together? After taking a look at their history of hits, let’s hope Kanye and Kid Cudi patch things up and get back in the studio ASAP.