After making his proclamation via Twitter, the rapper went on to get into an argument over his stance after a fan told him, "It's not that deep."
TikTok's influence over music in the early 2020s can't be overstated, with the youth-skewing platform serving to lift up new music, and bring new ears to classics like Fleetwood Mac.
Apparently, not everyone is a fan when they find themselves going viral as part of the newest challenge trend. While most of the challenges revolve around new dances being created for their accompanying track, Kid Cudi wasn't so lucky, and he's not happy about it.
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"I don't f--- with what they did to my song on TikTok, taking out the lyrics" he wrote of his track "Day 'N' Nite.
He continued, adding that "we live in a strange time," and perhaps most pertinently, "I'm not flattered."
The tweet itself quickly went viral as well, with more than 85 thousand likes and 1.1 thousand comments. Many of those suggested that Kudi, at 37 years old, is just too old to "culturally understand TikTok humor/trends," as user @Senpaipi put it.
Cudi actually jumped in to defend himself against one user who suggested he should kind of just get over it and move on, writing, "It's not that deep."
But Cudi doesn't think he's making it "deep," just expressing how he feels. "Nothing wrong with me stating I don't approve," he said, going on to emphasize how important his lyrics are to him. "I'm passionate about my s---, so I don't care who has a problem with that," he replied.
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I dont think im makin it "deep" by tweetin how I feel. Now if I was ranting thats another thing. Nothing wrong w me stating I dont approve, plus if u are such a fan, u know my lyrics are most important to me. Im passionate about my shit so idc who has a problem w that https://t.co/Ypzx36mS9W— The Chosen One (@KidCudi) March 13, 2021 @KidCudi
The way Cudi's "Day 'N' Nite" is being used on TikTok does strip it of meaning, and his lyrics. The only phrase fans are leaving in is, "Now look at this." And they're using that to set up a random shift to absurd and outrageous footage that has nothing to do with the song, his music, or even whatever they were doing before that moment.
This particular song has a real and personal meaning for Cudi, who wrote it after the death of his uncle, whom he lived with at one point. Cudi never apologized for a falling out between the two, and so he was processing some of that through the song.
Cudi had plenty of supporters as well, agreeing that the song has more depth and meaning than how TikTokers are currently using it. Could this be the newest battleground in our ongoing generations war?
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cudi i love you but it’s fr not that deep pic.twitter.com/mfkunrlG5M— Ethan.Busted (@EthanBusted) March 13, 2021 @EthanBusted
This is what he's talking about for anyone who doesn't know. pic.twitter.com/ygArWkl7bd— Lil Skill ✌️♥☀ (@LilSkillMusic) March 13, 2021 @LilSkillMusic
Day n night is about depression and drugs addiction then Tiktok turned it into an unfunny meme— Naïm ⛷ (@ANG3X6_) March 13, 2021 @ANG3X6_
Them 13 years old tiktok kids don’t get it fr man ..
You gotta be smarter.— Daniel J Dwyer (@DanielJDwyer) March 14, 2021 @DanielJDwyer
This doesn’t take away from your music and it promotes it to a new generation of consumers which promotes your pockets.
Use your head my dude.
Library’s for more than 10 years. It’s still relevant❤️— Casey (@ccjade99) March 13, 2021 @ccjade99
The immaturity and entitlement of people taking something with meaning and significance then trying to turn it into the next big trend just because they got a nice phone, download an app, and have too much time on their hands... smh.— Cannoli Rose (@CannoliRose) March 13, 2021 @CannoliRose
Passion > Privilege
I'm not sure he cares about sales over his integrity. It's also about making his sincere song into a joke.— Lil Skill ✌️♥☀ (@LilSkillMusic) March 13, 2021 @LilSkillMusic
Even if you ignore everything else the meme was just terrible and overwhelmingly unfunny. The only way it works is if you have no understanding of the original meaning of the song. It's like singing happy birthday at a funeral, not the right vibe.— Listen to Long Live the Kane- See pinned tweet (@NickEBeee) March 13, 2021 @NickEBeee
i’ve been seeing the trend all over my FYP and i’m kinda 🧐 about it because it’s turning a song that’s helped a lot of people in dark places into a meme but at the same time it’s giving your music more attention but idk tiktok full of corny people— 𝔐🛸💫💕 (@ragersknights) March 13, 2021 @ragersknights
Damn! That’s exactly why he stated he wasn’t #flattered 😭😭Here you come whitesplainin to invalidate his feelings and thoughts of how disrespected he feels!!!— DisplayFaith MED (@DisplayFaith) March 13, 2021 @DisplayFaith
Don’t compare art to tik tok. Tik tok is not art.— the underworld (@silencedsin) March 13, 2021 @silencedsin