Kid Cudi put his weight behind Lil Nas X and called him a trailblazer for gay and black men in the hip-hop scene.
Cudi wrote a touching tribute to the musician after being introduced as Times 100 most influential people of 2021.
“Lil Nas X is a new twist on some of the themes I was riding around when I first started: being true to yourself and not giving a [expletive] what anybody says, “Cudi wrote.
“What he’s doing is what we need right now. To have a gay man in hip-hop doing his thing, smashing records, that’s huge for us and for black excellence.
“The way he’s not afraid to make people uncomfortable is so rock and roll. He’s a real rock star.”
Cudi went on to say how “sad” he was after noting that Lil Nas’ tweet saying that “maybe a lot of [Black male artists] I just don’t want to work with me “.
This was made evident after the tracklist for his debut album Montero only featured black women and white men. At the time, Cudi responded by saying that he would be happy to work with him and “frolic in the rose gardens with you singing my pain”.
“There’s a homophobic cloud over hip-hop, and it’s going to break that,” he wrote. “We have to be by his side. I will do whatever I must to let him know – you have my support.”
“When we do our song together, as trippy as the video is, let’s be sexy with it,” he concluded.