Why I Don’t Feel Sorry for KiD CuDi

 

CuDi took to Twitter yesterday to publicly take his label (Universal Republic) to task for what he perceives as a lack of support for his new music. This is a familiar storyline that we see play out time and time again with Rappers who are unhappy with the way their music is marketed and promoted by whatever major label they happen to be signed to.

Just to be clear, despite the title of this post, I’m not trying to single out CuDi. The fact of the matter is, I don’t feel sorry for any Rapper crying about label indifference in 2013. Nobody put a gun to any of these guy’s heads and forced them to sign with a major label.

They signed with a major label because conventional wisdom dictates that a major label deal is the path to prosperity in music. Conventional wisdom says that you need their marketing and distribution machine in order to reach the “next level”. And the way the system is designed, that may very well be true.

Except when it isn’t. Whenever I want to a make a case against the status quo in the industry, I point to Tech N9ne and the empire he has built out there in Kansas City. I know Tech’s story isn’t typical, but I have to believe that if he can do it, so can a guy like KiD CuDi, an artist with much broader commercial appeal and the G.O.O.D. Music creative juggernaut in his corner.

Of course, that path isn’t going to be for everyone. The grind you’re gonna have to endure to get yourself to the level of a Tech N9ne will no doubt be brutal, and there’s no guarantee that it will pay off in the end. And who knows, that model could very well be completely wrong for an artist like CuDi, the fact is, we really don’t know.

I’d just like to see Rappers think outside of the box already. We have this whole new school of artists that we refer to as “groundbreaking”, that came up on the internet and built these huge followings outside of the system, and as soon as a major comes knocking their independent spirit goes out the window. Why not pull a Louis CK or something? Do something truly groundbreaking.

Again, that path might not be for everyone, and maybe I just don’t know what the fuck I’m talking about, but I’ll say this: If and you opt to sign a slave deal with a major label, the one thing you can’t do is run to social media and start complaining when shit doesn’t go your way.

Kamaal been told us the industry is shady. We all grew up hearing the stories and the bitter bars about how our heroes got fucked over by their labels. Nobody can claim ignorance here. You made the decision to enter into a business relationship with these bloodsuckers, and as far as I’m concerned, you lose the right to complain the minute your signature hit that contract.

 

Previously: Kid Cudi – King Wizard (Video)


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23 Responses to “Why I Don’t Feel Sorry for KiD CuDi”

  1. Captain Planet Says:

    charles lee ray Says:
    January 9th, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Now Im truth serum

    Cp u may need to take some time off. youre buggin.

    ^

    No you idiot

    I said the Fake B is Truthserum

  2. Captain Planet Says:

    Alla sudden Fake B has nothing to say huh ?

    Bingo.

  3. ayo Says:

    I dont know what dp means unless its a dime of pow pow. Other than that, idk

  4. Gob Bluth Says:

    True, shit even Jay forked out 5 mill to get off Universal

  5. Captain Planet Says:

    Dwayne Gretsky Says:
    January 9th, 2013 at 11:46 am

    All that talk but hides behind a computer.
    Never wanna square up.

    ^

    Until you prove you’re not TruthSerum I have nothing to say to you

    You show up two weeks ago but you know the intricate details of my TruthSerum beef ?

    K.

    You haven’t logged on all day but TruthSerum is here and I mention your name and suddenly you’re here ?

    K.

    You can stand in South Paw for as long as you want.

  6. tHe kiD fRanKiE Says:

    Smh @ few things

    Niggas is puppet masters

  7. Gob Bluth Says:

    Why not ignore the trolls, surely writing comment after comment, paragraph after paragraph about them will only make things worse ?

  8. Dwayne Gretsky Says:

    All talk

  9. why? Says:

    Danny Brown >>>>

    Dude is 31, living his dream, but and proof you can be a success as an artist without signing to a major label.

  10. TruthSerum Says:

    CaptAINT AfriCAN’T you fuck ass FAGGOT…..You that STOOOPID, you couldn’t see whoever that B mask is just reposted a comment from earlier…..Yeah whenever I state sum TRUTHFUL shit I get accused of sum Oct 31st shit……1st of all lets clear the fuck ass air in this sausage fest…..Justin Martin comments as Truthserum no OTHER fuck ass s/n….Nigga my REAL LIFE shit on y’all niggaz I aint YOU…..Justin good in the hood, homie….2828 S. Sepulveda Blvd across from that IHop, broski….Was just in NY….655 Burke Ave between Burke & Olinville, fuck ass faggot muthafuckas scared to show they FACE, dawg…..How YOU a so-called MAN, but afraid to show ya fuck ass face…..Yung Zorro ass niggaz…..Your s/n already a fake virtual reality ass name…..BUT…..you niggaz go farther w/ LIES upon fucking LIES, dawg all for Pole Position on a Rapblog not forum…..Rap fucking blog that NONE of YOU have EVER got posted on……Quit pointing fingers, Yung Sammy The Bull….Justin this Justin that….I tol ya fuck ass LIEgerian ass to get other mens cock out ya fuck ass mouf, boy…..You my personal VICTIM, pussy…..Everybody KNOWS THIS…..Must I bring back the archives of YOU begging ME for MERCY…..Yung Fan Club, you still got my Tumbler and Soundcloud bookmarked, you fuck ass AfriCAN’T……Fucking pussy ass boy scared of confrontation, COWARD…..I’m the MAIN nigga barking on you faggots bout Masking up……Now I’m the mask….Word….Show me proof, moron…..You got that faggot ass Aye-Rat Chea w/ 30 diff s/n’s and YOU got the pink kool aid nerve to accuse a REAL NIGGA…..Nigga up ya address, see If I don’t put 5k on ya fucking Dashiki and get you n ya folks MURDERED in broad day, faggot…..Niggaz be bitches when they skirts get lifted….Tol’ ya fuck ass to take that shit from yesterday as constructive criticism but I called it and YOU took it to the titty like a straight bitch made ass hoe…..Waited 24hrs just to respond…..Faggot shit, bro……Pick fights w/ ya other fuck ass s/n friends, LIEgerian, cuz I just wanna see you w/ a bullet in ya head and shit in ya drawers, you fuck ass Murder Victim….

    #TruthHurtsBitch!!!!

  11. Troubleshooter1900 Says:

    You can stand in South Paw for as long as you want.

    ^

    Chill.

    I box lefty too.

  12. why? Says:

    Fake b = 007 or frankie
    Donkey punch = tron

  13. tHe kiD fRanKiE Says:

    Thing is…isn’t everyone a mask? It’s the Internet
    I can be here every day n someone can jack my Sn how can u tell who’s really who? I havent used 007 in over a yr though some clown who i wont name used him yday an surely will use it now. How can you prove your not a mask?
    The anonymity of the Internet makes us all masks
    *drops 2 pennies*
    *pops popcorn tho*

  14. Mack Martinez Says:

    Co-sign eskay.

    Look at Macklemore.

    Nigga did #’s.

    No big label support.

    Fact is, niggas is moving units independent while artists like Kreay get enormous budgets and move 3,000 units.

    Niggas need to grind.

    I don’t think Cudi has it in him tho.

    Since I seen the video where he was smashed out of his skull getting thrown in the back of the SUV with his legs all limp and his Jodans flailing about, it was clear he’s just biding his time.

    He’s that old school type of rock star where he thinks all he has to do is give his label the record and then let them push it.

    Nah nigga.

    You gotta grind.

    Look at Drake – he nailed it.

    Success in the rap game now is 1% skill and 99% grinding. Look at 2Chain. Best rapper ever? Fuck no. Best grinder ever? May just be.

  15. tHe kiD fRanKiE Says:

    Fake b = 007 or frankie
    ^nah
    Donkey punch = tron
    ^nah x 2

  16. TruthSerum Says:

    CaptAINT AfriCAN’T got 2hrs to PROVE he an African…..I just found this fuck ass LIEgerian’s IP address, will post it online if he doesn’t up PROOF…..Need to see a LIEgerian Dwarf Goat in The back……..Yung Seaweed Dwarf G.O.A.T. status…..Fuck ass LIEgerian, I’ll murder ya fuck ass…..Pussy ass nigga upped the address to the fucking Gas Lamp district when I confronted his fucking pussy ass…..Boy that AR-15 on deck, faggot….Get BODIED in REAL LIFE fucking w/ ME, pussy!

    #TruthHurtsLIEgerianFuckAssFAGGOTS!!!!

  17. Dwayne Gretsky Says:

    Get BODIED in REAL LIFE fucking w/ ME, pussy
    ^
    Nah he all talk. He a lame

  18. Cinsere Says:

    We all know Cudi’s a prima donna crybaby tho

  19. TheGF.Inc Says:

    This is reality, I love the way u think,….looking at it this dude already he made a name for himself, like what u said he aint thinking outside the box, we all know Cudi,….actualy he don’t need label, 1 good example, m posting this post right from the bottom of Africa, already he has the publicity needed, I think Cudi is jus seeking attention on a silly pretext, he don’t deserve the sorry, hs being ungreatfull

  20. Stephen Says:

    Yeah look at Mac Miller hes just as famous if not more than kid cudi has a tech 9 like following but puts up those pop numbers all by his lonesome.

  21. AFGun Says:

    i love cudi’s music, but maybe he shouldnt have tried to switch gears and drop a rock album. i think thats what made him lose support from his label cuz it made him lose suppose from his original fans

  22. Robbie Says:

    Well said, eskay. Cudi might want to try following more than one person on Twitter, too. Not sure if the Dalai Lama is gonna be much help on the music promotion tip….

  23. DC Says:

    Everyone talking about grind is absolutely correct. Look at Riff Raff and Lil B. Those dudes have built crazy social media empires from scratch. The game’s changed.

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