Kid Cudi, Friday’s headliner at Miami’s Rolling Loud, ended his performance after crowd members threw things onstage.
Kanye West, who had recently been booted from Rolling Loud’s lineup, also made an unexpected appearance during Lil Durk’s own Friday night concert at the same time. This week, Kid Cudi was added to the roster of Rolling Loud as a last-minute substitute for his former associate turned enemy, Kanye West. The two rappers’ rivalry evidently seeped into the crowd, as fans repeatedly stopped Cudi’s performance by hurling things at him and yelling “West!” throughout his set. Cudi stopped his concert after 30 minutes and left the stage. Just a few minutes after Cudi stopped performing, West unexpectedly made an appearance on a stage nearby, joining fellow Chicago rapper Lil Durk to perform “Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1.” This added salt to injury because this is a song which features Cudi singing the chorus.
Choosing Cudi to take the place of West after the Donda 2 rapper dropped out of the event was quite contentious. (Fans had pushed Rolling Loud organizers to substitute Travis Scott for West. This led to an odd incident in which one of the festival’s co-founders falsely claimed the venue forbade Scott from performing because he was associated with a fatal crowd surge at his Astroworld festival the previous year.)
Nevertheless, West showed up at the event in typical Ye fashion, making an unexpected appearance on stage with Lil Durk while donning a full face mask. Fans pointed out that West’s performance of “Father Stretch My Hands, Pt. 1” from The Life of Pablo included vocals by Kid Cudi. The two rappers had a public argument in February when West criticized Cudi for being pals with Pete Davidson, so the move seemed planned. (The former Saturday Night Live performer is now dating Kardashian, West’s ex-wife.) West said in a since-deleted Instagram post, “Just so everyone knows Cudi will not be on Donda since he’s pals with you know who”. West has not yet given a reason for leaving the Rolling Loud lineup.