Say it ain’t so Cudi! During a radio interview on Tuesday (April 2) the Ohio native revealed that he has officially parted ways with Kanye West and his G.O.O.D. Music label, and while it was on good terms, he admitted that it wasn’t an easy move. He even sought out Jay-Z’s advice before he broke the news to his brother ’Ye.
“Everything is peace with everybody on the label. There’s never been any issues, but I am announcing that I’m no longer on G.O.O.D. Music,” he told LA’s Power 106 yesterday. “And this is something that no one knows, really. I’m no longer on G.O.O.D. Music.”
Cudi and his boss obviously have a close relationship and over the past few years he’s become Kanye’s go-to man for hooks, even getting a big look on Jay-Z’s 2009 album The Blueprint 3, but he felt the time had come to make his own creative moves instead of just being part of the popular clique. He reached out to Jay-Z to ask how he should handle the situation.
“I never wanted to offend him, and I didn’t know how he would take it, and I was like, ’Man, I do not want to make my brother mad,’ ” Cudi said. “I really went out my way to make sure what I was feeling was justified, and that it was OK for me to bring it to the table, and Hov reassured me. He was like, ’Yo, man, I hear it in your tone that it’s genuine and everything that you’re saying to me, how you’re saying it. I know Kanye. I know he’ll be receptive to that. I know he’ll honor it.”
With his G.O.O.D. Music days now behind him, Cudi says he plans to focus on his own label and his work with King Chip. “It’s just I wanna focus on Wicked Awesome,” he said. “I wanna focus on Chip, and that’s it. I don’t wanna have, like, a full label of artists. I just wanna work on Chip and keep my sound going on a freight train.”
Cudi’s 3rd album Indicud is due on April 23.