Nearly one year after Kid Cudi slammed Universal Republic on Twitter for shipping what he considered to be a low number of physical copies of his psych-rock "WZRD" album, the Cleveland rapper has once again tweeted his frustrations toward his label (which is now just Republic) and threatened, "If things don't change soon, theres gonna be some problems [sic]."
On Tuesday night (Jan. 8), Cudi took to Twitter to lament the fact that "Just What I Am" and "King Wizard," a pair of songs that preview his forthcoming studio album "Indicud," have failed to stick at radio since being released in August and November, respectively. "King Wizard 3.4 million views on Vevo, Just What I Am has 4.3 million and my shit is not on regular rotation on radio. Hmmm," wrote the rapper (real name: Scott Mescudi), before comparing those numbers to new Def Jam signee Trinidad James' recent hit "All Gold Everything." "Trinidad James got 4.1 million views on his hit (rightfully so), and I hear that jam EVERYWHERE," he continued. "Wheres my fuckin spins???"
Both "Just What I Am," featuring King Chip, and "King Wizard" have cracked the Hot 100, peaking at No. 74 and No. 91, respectively. "Just What I Am" peaked at No. 17 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and has sold 155,000 downloads to date according to Nielsen SoundScan, while "King Wizard" climbed to No. 28 on that tally and has sold 89,000 downloads. Comparatively, "All Gold Everything" has sold 97,000 downloads -- albeit in a shorter timeframe, since Def Jam re-released the single for retail on Dec. 20 -- and has peaked at No. 23 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
Cudi continued his Twitter rant by directly addressing Republic and reaffirming his commitment to his craft. "To my label, I swear to all that is fuckin holy in this world, if things dont change soon, theres gonna be some problems," he wrote. "I worked too hard on all this shit. Producing, writing, directing AND executing the shit proper. I did my part, I put in work. Wtf… Yall kno I cuts no slack. Not w my music. Every song is my life. A piece of my fuckin tormented soul. It matters to me. I give a fuck."
Last March, Cudi called Universal Republic a "weak ass label" on Twitter for shipping about 55,000 physical copies of "WZRD," a collaborative rock effort with producer Dot Da Genius, in its first week. The album debuted on the Billboard 200 chart with 66,000 copies sold in its first frame, and Cudi told Billboard, "The numbers kind of speak for themselves. It lets people know that I'm not out here taking crazy pills. When I get passionate about something, and people hear me kind of outraged, it's not coming from a place of me being irrational, or being difficult to work with. I believe in something I've created."
Kid Cudi's biggest radio success remains "Day 'n' Nite," his breakout 2008 single which peaked at No. 3 on the Hot 100 and led his 2009 debut LP, "Man on the Moon: The End of Day." Although the 28-year-old told Billboard last year that he planned to release another WZRD album with Dot Da Genius before returning to his solo work, "Indicud," his third proper release as Kid Cudi, is now expected to be his next release.