Kid Cudi said in September, "Everyone thinks they're soooo great. Talkin' top 5 and be having 30 people write songs for them. Let me tell you something. The days of the f*ckery are over. The fake ones wont be lasting too much longer. I'm the one they worry about cause they know I don't give a f*ck about the corny sh!t they do. And all u jealous chicken hearted sh!ts I see you too. I am the culture. I keep silent because I don't ever wanna come off like some angry hater, but today, not only do I feel fantastic, I'm feelin' like taking over. I already have. My tweets apply to who they apply. Ye, Drake, whoever. These n!ggas don't give a f*ck about me. And they aint f*ckin with me. Anybody got an issue with my words I'm glad. If you feel me don't be scared to use your voice"
But come October he had checked himself into a mental facility for depression and suicidal thoughts. This new diss track may be perceived by some as a lack of empathy for someone in need of mental health help. Even if Drake came up with these lyrics shortly after hearing about Cudi's twitter rant, he chose to release them when he was in a vulnerable state. He called Cudi's issues phases, which was also a direct reference to the lunar phases but also makes light of his opponents current issues. Some will and have argued that what The Man On The Moon is going through is a serious disease and not to be made seem like a weakness or a flaw.
Throughout the whole song, Drake came with vicious BARS. Cudi himself actually invited retorts in his tweets. Should certain things be off limits in a rap beef? Or does that defeat the purpose of engaging in verbal back and forth? Drake will be criticized by people who are going through similar things in life, especially since Kid Cudi was obviously unhinged when he made those Twitter comments. But you have to "think before you come at the great one".
Fast forward to this morning, Drake addressed a fan who suggested he was crossing the line by kicking Cudi while he’s down: “Used to have a little respect left for you after finding out you have a ghostwriter, but dissing Kid Cudi is going too far. Fuck you, man.” says the fan, but Drake would promptly respond: “Mans need to stop mentioning my name when they get geeked..supposed to be all love out here word to my bro Pablo.”
Check out screen shots of the exchange below.