It’s no secret that Drake can be ruthless when it comes to diss records. He is the definition of petty and he has no problem delivering doses of revenge. Drake released a diss directed at Kid Cudi who was recently hospitalized for being depressed and suicidal. The diss mocked his mental health issues, resulting in Twitter coming to Cudi’s defense. Did Drake go too far by mocking Cudi’s current state while he’s in rehab? Absolutely not, and here’s why….
Earlier this month, Cudi stated the following:
“I am not at peace. I haven’t been since you’ve known me. If I didn’t come here, I would’ve done something to myself. I simply am a damaged human swimming in a pool or emotions everyday of my life. There’s a raging violent storm inside of my heart at all times. Idk what peace feels like. Idk how to relax. My anxiety and depression have ruled my life for as long as I remember and I never leave the house because of it. I can’t make new friends because of it. I don’t trust anyone because of it and I’m tired of being held back in my life. I deserve to have peace. I deserve to be happy and smiling”.
He expressed this cry for help, but only after he managed to diss some of the industry’s major artists back in September to include Kanye West and Drake:
In the hip hop world, when a diss is directly thrown there is always the possibility that it will backfire. It does not matter the circumstances or the situation. During his Twitter rant, Cudi clearly had it out for specific artists. Maybe he should have sent out a public apology BEFORE he went to rehab for talking so much shit? In the world of hip hop diss records, rappers have been known to come at family members, children, health issues and anything else that would make someone feel like they’ve been kicked in the balls.
Let us not forget that Biggie dissed Tupac after he died, which is probably as bad as it gets. In addition, Tupac mocked Prodigy for having sickle cell. When it comes to hip hop, nothing is off limits in a diss especially when it is warranted. Do people really think that everyone should contemplate how someone might “feel” before using certain words in a diss. I mean that’s not the point of a “diss”, right?
When it comes to Cudi and many other artists that talk openly about their mental health issues, it doesn’t mean that they are exempt from public backlash and scrutiny. That’s the whole premise of the entire entertainment industry. Cudi stated in his tweet above that, “he is the culture”. Well, part of being “the culture” is that it may cause for you to reach a celebrity status. If you’re mental health issues get in the way of you being popular, having everyone in your business and your sensitive moments being criticized ….then the industry is not a place that you should be. Simple.
You can’t come for two of the most pettiest people in the music industry and then expect everyone to give you a pass because you’re depressed. I wholeheartedly sympathize with those that struggle daily with mental health issues but, Cudi as a 32 year old grown man should choose his words and battles more carefully. I am predicting for Drake to publically send out a sorry not sorry apology via social media soon. As for Cudi, hopefully he doesn’t have anymore Twitter rants and just simply releases some dope music that will leave Drake shook after rehab. I also constantly wonder why artists that are aware that they have mental health issues don’t have a team of people that ensure they are appropriately medicated and healthy. It would make sense to have someone on board that manages those issues instead of waiting until things are spiraling out of control.