Kid Cudi leaves Rolling Loud stage after Kanye West fans throw bottles and trash at him

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In the midst of his Friday night performance at the Rolling Loud festival in Miami Gardens, Florida, rapper Kid Cudi was fed up with onlookers throwing water bottles and other debris at him during his headlining set.

When a bottle of water hit his face, Cudi – a last-minute replacement for Kanye West, his collaborator-turned-rival who dropped out of the festival – sent a message full of insults to fans: “I’m leaving” the next time an object hits me or is thrown onto the stage.

“Don’t [expletive] with me,” the 38-year-old artist said, according to a fan. video a spectacle.

About two seconds later, a bottle hissed near his head; Cudi dropped the microphone and left the stage, roughly 30 minutes into his set, to the surprise of thousands of Hard Rock Stadium fans. Some booed, while others immediately sang for West, who now goes by Ye. West finally showed up in a surprise appearance on Friday night, shortly after Cudi left the stage.

Video of the incident went viral and critics decried those in attendance, especially West fans, for disrespecting Cudi during his set.

“Never disrespect Cudi”, Complex Music wrote in a tweet.

A representative for Cudi, real name Scott Mescudi, did not immediately respond to a request for comment early Saturday. Rolling Loud officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Cudi and West had a decorated creative partnership until their very public fallout earlier this year. After West criticized Cudi on Instagram for his friendship with comedian Pete Davidson, who is dating Ye’s ex-wife Kim Kardashian, Cudi vowed never to work with West again and called him “dinosaur.”

“You crazy for flipping the script and posting this lie just for a peek on the internet,” Cudi tweeted in February. “You are not a friend. BYE.”

In April, Cudi noted that the collaboration between him and West on rapper Pusha T’s “Rock N Roll” would be the last song featuring the two.

“I made this song a year ago when I was still cool [with] Kanye, Cudi tweeted. “I’m not cool [with] that man.”

Rolling Loud co-founders Tariq Cherif and Matt Zingler said in a statement this week that they worked with West and his team on his performance for the first night of the festival until the rapper decided to stand down. withdraw for reasons that remain unclear.

“This is the first time a headliner has made it on our show and while we don’t take it lightly, we wish him the best,” Cherif and Zingler said, according to Pitchfork.

It wasn’t the first time West had pulled out of a headlining performance at a music festival this year. He canceled his Coachella performance 11 days before he went on stage, according to Variety. A production and design company sued West this month for $7.1 million, claiming in a California court that the rapper didn’t pay them for his canceled Coachella performance or the release of his ‘Donda 2’ album. “.

But even with West stepping down from Rolling Loud, the co-founders were thrilled to have Cudi take his place.

“We can’t wait to welcome Kid Cudi as the headliner in Miami and we can’t wait to see what he has in store,” Cherif and Zingler said in a statement.

Ahead of the show, Cudi expressed his excitement for the Rolling Loud headliner, tweeting photos of fans ready to see him take the stage.

“Who’s ready for face-melting madness?” he tweeted about 90 minutes before his set.

Cudi had just four songs in his set when bottles and debris started flying, according to fan accounts on social media. As videos of the incident spread across social media, critics lambasted fans in attendance for forcing Cudi to end his set early.

“You’re all here disrespecting Kid Cudi and it proves to me that you have no home workouts or taste in music,” tweeted Sports Illustrated host Ashley Nicole Moss.

Shortly after leaving the stage, rapper Lil Durk brought in a surprise guest during his set: West. Although he retired from his headlining act, West took the stage to perform “Father Stretch My Hands, Pt. 1” — a hit featuring Cudi’s vocals.

“It was an interesting first night of #RLMIAMI”, the festival tweeted.

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