Ye, who withdrew from the festival less than a week earlier, was replaced by Cudi.
On Friday (July 22), Kid Cudi’s headlining performance at Rolling Loud Miami ended abruptly after he was repeatedly struck by objects thrown from the audience.
The “Day ‘N’ Nite” rapper, who filled in at the last minute for Kanye West (who is now known as Ye), stopped midway through his late-night performance after being struck in the face by what appeared to be a water bottle. Cudi gave the crowd one last warning before finally leaving the stage, clearly shaken.
The rapper and actor sternly warned, “Yo, I will leave, I will leave right now, if you all throw one more f—ing thing up here. “I’m not f—ing playing. Throw one more f—ing thing on this stage, and I’ll leave. You will f—ing ruin it for everyone, I’m not playing. I’ll f—ing go now. I’m leaving if I see one more f—ing thing on this f—ing stage or if I get hit with one more f—ing thing. Avoid f—ing with me.
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Naturally, after Cudi had finished chastising the rowdy crowd, another bottle was thrown onto the stage, and the rapper kept his word and left.
On Saturday, Rolling Loud responded to the circumstance via Twitter. A family makes up Rolling Loud. Everyone involved—our fans, the artists, and everyone else—needs to watch out for one another. Be kind to everyone and spread the love, the festival urged. We cherish you, Cudi. Take care of one another, and let’s have a fantastic second day!
Rolling Loud is a family. Our fans, the artists, and everyone involved need to look out for each other. Share the love and be respectful to everyone.
We love you, Cudi. Please take care of each other and let’s have an amazing day 2!
— Rolling Loud (@RollingLoud) July 23, 2022
Cudi and Rolling Loud’s representatives have been contacted by Billboard for more information.
Ye unexpectedly showed up as Lil Durk was performing on another stage at Rolling Loud at about the same time that Cudi finished his set. The popular rapper and business mogul performed “Father Stretch My Hands, Pt. 1,” a track from his 2016 album The Life of Pablo, during his brief cameo. Here is a video that a fan captured of Ye making a surprise appearance.
Ye’s appearance was particularly unexpected considering how recently he had cancelled his headlining slot at the Miami festival. Cudi, with whom he had a falling out earlier this year, took his place. Due to Cudi’s relationship with Kim Kardashian’s boyfriend, Pete Davidson, Ye decided not to include the rapper on his Donda 2 album in February. “Too bad I dont want to be on ur album u f—in dinosaur hahaha,” Cudi wrote in a critical comment on Ye’s Instagram post. Cudi and Ye last worked together on 2021’s Donda. Everyone is aware that, ever since we first met, I have been the best thing about your albums. You have my prayers, brother.
The co-founders of the festival, Tariq Cherif and Matt Zingler, released the following statement in response to Ye’s cancellation from Rolling Loud: The co-founders expressed excitement about Ye headlining Rolling Loud Miami 2022. “We collaborated with him and his team on the performance for months. Unfortunately, Ye has made the decision to stop giving performances. Although we don’t take it lightly because this is the first headliner to ever cancel on us, we wish him the best. We are excited to have Kid Cudi perform as the main attraction in Miami and we can’t wait to see what he has in store.
The video below, courtesy of TMZ, shows Cudi leaving the stage at Rolling Loud.