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Kid Cudi laughs off ATL show controversy

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Midwest rapper Kid Cudi became the subject of controversy this week, following his turn as an opening act during OutKast’s ATLast shows at Centennial Olympic Park. During his set, Cudi changed the lyrics of “Pursuit of Happiness,” and at one point seemed to tell the audience to “suck his d—.” Cudi had already complained onstage that the audience wasn’t particularly into his performance of “Memories,” which led him to switch songs. But when he uttered the profane declaration during “Pursuit…” many in attendance took it as a slight at the audience.

But was it?

It should be noted that Cudi had changed the entire first verse of “Pursuit…” not just that one lyric. He’d changed most of the lyrics to blatantly sexual references and much of the performance videos that have surfaced don’t appear to feature an angry Cudi dismissing his fans, as has been suggested in numerous articles.

For his part, Cudi addressed the criticism via Twitter.

“If I offended anyone with my vulgar remix of ‘Pursuit,’ well I can’t apologize for that cause it was in the moment and it was awesome ha,” Cudi tweeted.

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