Monday, July 18, 2022

Kanye West Pulls Out of Rolling Loud Festival, Kid Cudi to Replace Him as Headliner

The artist formerly known as Kanye West seems to be doing his Kanye best not to headline a show.

Just a couple of months after pulling out of his headlining performance at Coachella, the 45-year-old rapper, who legally changed his name to Ye last year, has done it again.

Rolling Loud announced that West will not be performing at this year's festival Sunday, tweeting on its official account, "Due to circumstances outside of our control, Ye will no longer be performing at Rolling Loud Miami 2022."

West was set to headline the first day of the festival, which runs July 22 through 24, at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami. The festival announced that his protege, sometimes collaborator and muse, Kid Cudi, would take his place.

"Please welcome @KiDCuDi," continued the tweet.

Cudi's career owes much to West, who signed him as a producer in 2008 to his Good Music label. The imprint released his first three albums, and Cudi remained on good enough terms with his former boss that the duo released an eponymously named collaborative album as Kids See Ghosts in 2018.

Earlier this year, however, West seemed to distance himself from Cudi following the dissolution of his marriage to Kim Kardashian, allegedly due to the latter's friendship with Kardashian's new beau Pete Davidson.

In a since-deleted Instagram post, Ye posted a photograph of a handwritten message that read in part, “Just so everyone knows, [Kid] Cudi will not be on Donda 2′ because he’s friends with you know who.”

Rolling Loud co-founders Tariq Cherif and Matt Zingler said they "were looking forward to Ye headlining Rolling Loud Miami 2022,” but things just did not work out in an official statement about the lineup change.

“We spent months working with him and his team on the performance. Unfortunately, Ye has decided that he will no longer be performing," they said in a statement. "This is the first time a headliner has ever pulled off our show and though we don’t take it lightly, we wish him the best.”

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