Kid Cudi Seemingly Responds to Kanye West's Comments About Influencing Last 20 Years of Music

Cudi worked with Ye on '808's & Heartbreaks' and has four co-writing credits as well as a feature.

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Kid Cudi has appeared to respond to Kanye West's comments about influencing the sound of hip-hop music for the last 20 years during his recent interview with Big Boy.

On Friday, the Moon Man hopped on Twitter with a post that could be a reference to Kanye stating his 2008 album 808's & Heartbreaks inspired the sound of some of the biggest names in music today, including The WeekndDrakeTravis ScottFuture and Young Thug

Summary of tweet discussing Kid Cudi's influence on Kanye West and their collaboration, mentioning designers like Alexander McQueen and H&M

In his tweet, Kid Cudi shared the hand-over-mouth emoji and a screenshot of a paragraph from his own Wikipedia page that stated his sound was a catalyst for Kanye making 808s & Heartbreak. The excerpt also featured a quote from Kanye from Complex's 2009 Kid Cudi cover story acknowledging their joint role as pioneers of a new musical style.

Article featuring quotes on musician's perspective on fame, with partial view of a dining table surface

Ye became a fan of Cudi after hearing his debut mixtape, A Kid Named Cudi, and invited him to Hawaii to work on 808s & Heartbreak. Cudi co-wrote four songs on the album and was featured on "Welcome to Heartbreak." Their relationship would have its sour moments over the years, but they recently reunited at a Vultures listening party.

In his interview with Big Boy, Ye took responsibility for influencing the sound of music for the last 20 years. According to Ye, he "created the genre" where rappers can be more emotional and express themselves through their music. 

"I invented every style of music of the past 20 years. I created the genre," said Ye. "I created Weeknd's genre. Trav, Drake, everybody. I'mma go ahead and say with all love, Future and Thug also because the auto-tune album, 808s. Everybody thinks about Trav, Weeknd, and Drake but no one thinks about Future and Thug also. The auto-tune album. Now everyone, they added whatever it was to it. But here's a new genre. It's called making your own money genre. This music is called, like, take that middle man out."

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