Later today, Beats 1 will celebrate the career and work of Kid Cudi with a special episode entitled "The Influence of Kid Cudi," featuring a playlist of his most impactful work and special guests—such as Travis Scott, Logic, and Lil Yachty—waxing poetic about his inspirational qualities.
"I idolize Kid Cudi a lot. That's like, my favorite artist," said Travis Scott, a known Cudi enthusiast and collaborator. "I think he can go bar to bar—like some people think JAY-Z is the best rapper. I feel like he can compete with that and still have his own wave. I f**k with him, because he always had his own lingo. He created a world for kids like me, who wasn't just like, the ultimate like drug dealer. He created that vibe and that planet, where you can mack on b**tches and still be smooth, and still feel like you’re the king scientist. Not everyone is as real as their music is. That artist comes once every decade."
Similar to Scott, who found inspiration in Cudi's music through the realism it represented in his own life, Logic cited Cudi's vulnerability as the necessary motivation to talk about his feelings in his music.
"That dude inspired me to talk about anxiety or mental health, or all these things," Logic explained. "He was the dude that was like, 'It's okay to be sad. It's okay to talk about these things, and go through these things.' Especially now, because like I've said, I've been made to feel terrible or this or that about being emotional, or whatever the case may be, which is, to me, it's almost like a neanderthal. It's such a backward way of thinking. I had that just through his music, in general. But like, to meet him? He's the reason why I always introduce myself as Bobby, now. When he came up to me, and was like, ‘Hey I'm Scott,' I was like… so, it was amazing. Like, no you're just a dude. You're right. And you just taught me that. When you step to the mic, you're a god, you're the bomb, you’re the best, you're the greatest alive."
Lil Yachty's sentiments echoed those of Logic, with the red-braided rapper going so far as to lavish Cudi with a series of lofty compliments.
"He was like a guardian angel, like a tour guide throughout life," Yachty said. "Most stuff is hidden, like life is fraudulent and people just fake things. People fake like they like people, fake like they're happy. People fake like they want to be somewhere. In the midst of all that, you have someone who's just being 100 percent real."
Kid Cudi and Kanye West, according to the latter, will release a collaborative album under the moniker Kids See Ghosts on Friday, June 8. Check back in then to see if the props continue to roll in.