If you had asked me six months ago I would have said the beef game in hip-hop was dead. The Rick Ross vs. 50 Cent conflict had died down and as beefish as the game was looking was Beanie Sigel firing shots at Jay-Z, which Jay wisely just ignored.
It was looking like beef was so 2000. And then, out of nowhere, the past two months we've started to see some beef slowly start sizzling (so much so that beef now has its own section on RefinedHype). Jeezy and Ross circled each other, Nick Cannon ridiculously decided to go at Eminem, Cam'ron challenged Kanye, and now Kid Cudi has jumped into the fray with with a coked up rant against Wale. Call Ruth Chris' Steak House and reserve a table for two.
Backing up. Kid Cudi sat down with Complex magazine for a cover story that began with his explaining his coke habit; he needed the white stuff to provide the energy to "get through" all the interviews and shows he had to do: "Doing bumps was the only way I could get through my day." Sounds like the definition of a drug habit to me, and there's almost no way he's completely kicked it. And then....drum roll please...he proceeded to launch into a rant against Wale after only some minimal prompting:
Complex: Speaking of Wale, when you hit that fan at your show last December, he came out with a line about it ["Throwin' 'round wallets like the dude that Kid Cudi hit," from "Thank You Freestyle"].
KiD CuDi: It wasn’t a shot, it’s just a simple-ass rhyme by a simple-ass rapper. You can’t let that shit faze you. That’s one of those raps that just shows the world that you wack. Why would you even use that as a metaphor? Everybody think they Hov. N***** ain’t got the magic like they think they do; there’s only a couple of wizards in this game. I’m a wizard and I know it.
Complex: Are your peers not seeing that?
Kid Cudi: The last album, I let people dis me, throw out those jabs in their verses and have their little slick remarks. This time around, I'm not f**king around. I have no time to think about other n*****. These other motherf****** like feeding off another n****'s energy, so they mention their name. You hear me talk about n*****? I don't even talk about Kanye, and that's my homeboy! They talk about Kanye like they're bosom buddies with this n*****. Talking about "I be in Hawaii"—man, shut the f**** up, why you got to tell everybody everything? Then people like Wale get mad that 'Ye ain't give him no beats—'Ye ain't give you no beats because we ain't f****** with your raps. It's not a conspiracy theory. We don't f*** with you musically, so we're not going to provide music for you. The s*** is a service, it's a quality of a certain standard. N***** are just so thirsty it's ridiculous. I've been eating humble pie forever, and people still call me an a******. These people don't know my f****** life—now I'm going to give them something to talk about."
Ok then, so Cudi's decided to shift into battle mode, or at least "wizard" battle mode, and he's apparently trying to drag Kanye in with him. In the immortal words of Rick James, "Cocaine is a hell of a drug." Of course this would all just be an ill-advised rant and not beef is Wale didn't respond...which he did. Right after the Cudi quotes came out we got this from Waleezy:
Well then, it appears it's on like Donkey Kong. Of course this won't morph into full-fledged beef until we start hearing some music, and although I normally try to say out of this kind of foolishness, I can't front, I'd love to see these two go at it. More as the story develops - if it develops.