Cudi was the musical guest of the last episode of the long series of sketches, where he performed two extracts from his last album, The man on the moon III: the chosen one, including “Sad People” and “Tequila Shots”. For his performance of “Sad People,” the Ohio rapper donned a floral spaghetti strap dress designed by famed Off-White label by Virgil Abloh. The wardrobe choice was a nod to the Nirvana leader who was pictured wearing a similar dress.
During his second performance of “Tequila Shots”, Cudder wore a green sweater similar to the one Cobain wore during Nirvana’s performance on MTV Unplugged on November 18, 1993. Underneath, Cudi wore a shirt that depicted the face of late comedian Chris Farley. Cobain died on April 5, 1994 from a seemingly self-inflicted gunshot wound following a years-long struggle with mental health issues and drug addiction. Farley, a former actor on SNL, died of a drug overdose at the age of 33 in December 1997.
Cudi spoke openly about his own struggles with suicide in the past. Some people saw Cudi’s decision as a silent statement about suicide prevention. “Kid Cudi pulling the ultimate Kurt Cobain tribute on #SNL the week he died,” one person wrote on Twitter. “@KidCudi all about love and suicide prevention and awareness !!!”
Cudi also took part in a skit on the episode titled “Weird Little Flute” where rapper and comedians Chris Redd and Pete Davidson posed as new era hip-hop artists who rhyme jokingly over the sound of the flute. which has been abundant in rap music recently. See the hilarious sketch below.
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