Kanye West will no longer helm this year’s edition of Rolling Loud in Miami, with Kid Cudi – a longtime colleague of West’s with whom the controversial rapper shares a checkered past – has been confirmed as his replacement.
The line-up change was announced this afternoon (July 17), with Rolling Loud organizers saying it came “due to circumstances beyond our control”. West has yet to deal with the cancellation of his set, and a statement from the festival’s co-founders, Tariq Cherif and Matt Zingler, said that West has simply “decided not to perform anymore.”
“We worked with him and his team for months,” the couple explained (via pitchfork). “This is the first time a headliner has pulled off our show and while we don’t take it lightly, we wish them the best. We look forward to welcoming Kid Cudi to Miami as a headliner and can’t wait to see what he has in store.”
— Rolling Loud (@RollingLoud) July 17, 2022
This is the second time this year that West has pulled out of a headlining spot at a major music festival. He was originally booked to headline this year’s Coachella in April, but dropped out just days before the gates were scheduled to open. Earlier this week, LA production company Phantom Labs filed a lawsuit against West, alleging the rapper owes them unpaid fees for several of his events, including the canceled Coachella set.
This year’s edition of the Rolling Loud Festival in Miami takes place at Hard Rock Stadium next weekend. Kid Cudi will be headlining on Friday (July 22), with Future leading the fight on Saturday (July 23) and Kendrick Lamar wrapping things up on Sunday (July 24). More details about the festival can be found here.
The announcement that Cudi will replace West is notable given their tumultuous relationship. The couple were close friends and collaborators in the late 2000s and early 2010s, but had a falling out in the middle of the decade. However, they reconciled a few years later and formed the group Kids See Ghosts in 2018, through which they released a single, self-titled album.
Earlier this year, Cudi and West fell out again, allegedly due to the former’s friendship with Pete Davidson, the current partner of West’s ex-wife Kim Kardashian. West announced in February that Cudi would not appear in Donda 2 because of his friendship with Davidson; In April, Cudi claimed to fans that he was “not cool” with West.
In other news, Cudi re-released his debut 2008 mixtape A Kid Named Cudi on Friday (July 15), showing it on streaming services for the first time. It comes in the run-up to his eighth studio album, Entergalatic, which is due out on September 30th. This release coincides with the premiere of Cudi’s eponymous animated series, for which a trailer was released last month.
Also in June, Cudi announced his first UK gig in 13 years. As part of his To The Moon world tour, Cudi will perform at The O2 in London on November 15th.