Kid Cudi has announced that The Scotts, the collaborative album with Travis Scott, announced in August 2020, has now been axed for the foreseeable future.
Teasing on Twitter yesterday (December 21) that he was “Workin[g] on something special for y’all as we speak”, a fan asked Cudi if The Scotts was “still on the cards” since fellow fans had waited two years since the announcement. In a reply tweet, Cudi wrote: “Naw im not doin that [sic]. The moment has passed.”
Cudi first unfolded plans for The Scotts in April 2020, after he and Scott teamed up for a single, also titled ‘The Scotts’. Despite the album being off the table, for now, there’s a chance that material from the abandoned project could surface one day. In September of this year, during his Road To Utopia residency in Las Vegas, Scott previewed an as-yet-untitled and unreleased track featuring his pal Cudi.
The finality of Cudi’s tweet reply hints at the dying embers of the rapper’s career. He is currently working on a ninth studio project – which is expected to be his last. Elsewhere he is working on his first film as writer and director for Teddy and spreads his acting wings in Crater, Silent Night, September 17th and Real Life.
Last month, Cudi confirmed that he’d started to sculpt a follow-up to Entergalactic, which he dropped back in September alongside an animated film of the same name. The album featured popular singles, including ‘Do What I Want’ and the Ty Dolla $ign-featuring ‘Willing To Trust’, as well as collaborations with Don Toliver and Steve Aoki.
In October, Cudi announced that he was “kinda nearing the end on all things Kid Cudi.” He namechecked fellow rappers, including Snoop Dogg, Jay-Z and Eminem, among others, saying he didn’t think he would have the same durability in the game as these more salient artists.
“I feel like I don’t have what they have,” Cudi admitted. “I just don’t know if I want to do music and drop albums for much longer.”
He added: “I’m really curious to see what else I can do. I was thinking about this, this is like a wacky idea I had years ago,” he said. “It would be cool to one day be a kindergarten teacher. Just do that for a couple years.”