Inside Kid Cudi and Super Bowl QB Joe Burrow’s Friendship

Rapper Kid Cudi and Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow seemingly don’t have much in common. But both are accomplished professionals in their own right, and they both recognize each other’s talents.

Kid Cudi wearing a beanie and yellow jacket
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Kid Cudi’s music career dates back a decade

Kid Cudi rose to prominence in the late 2000s. It all started when he ran into Kanye West himself at a Virgin Megastore and gave him some of his music. In 2007, his song “Day ‘n’ Nite” became increasingly popular after he posted it on MySpace.

West soon recruited Cudi to work with him and Jay-Z on their respective albums. He either co-wrote or provided vocals on hit songs from West’s 808s & Heartbreak album such as “Heartless” and “RoboCop”; he also contributed to Jay-Z’s The Blueprint 3 album.

Cudi released his debut album Man on the Moon: The End of Day in 2009, followed by Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager the following year. He continued to release albums throughout the 2010s.

In 2022, Cudi will be taking on a new role as a creator and actor. He’s heading up a new Netflix adult animated series called Entergalactic, which is set to be based on his upcoming album of the same name.

Quarterback Joe Burrow #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals
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Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow is a Kid Cudi fan

Over the years, Cudi has made fans out of all kinds of people, including Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow. At 25 years old, Burrow grew up during Cudi’s rise to fame and loved his songs just as much as other people.

For his part, Cudi showed love back to Burrow. Cudi hails from Cleveland, Ohio, just a few hours away from Cincinnati. So before Burrow took the field in January 2022 to lead the Bengals into the Super Bowl, Cudi himself reached out to the football player to offer his words of support.

“One of my idols growing up, Kid Cudi reached out to me yesterday. I got LeBron tweeting at me,” Burrow told reporters after the game. “That part is surreal; the football part, not so much.”

When asked about his favorite Cudi track, Burrow replied, “I listen to ‘New York City Rage Fest’ every game day, right before I go out. Man on the Moon… I mean, I like all of his stuff.”

“I listen to strictly Kid Cudi pregame,” he added. “‘New York City Rage Fest,’ ‘Soundtrack 2 My Life,’ ‘ Up Up & Away.’ All that good stuff from old Cudi.”

Kid Cudi is a fan of Joe Burrow

Cudi, meanwhile, was thrilled that he played such a big part in Burrow’s life. “Man this has to be the illest s*** ever,” he said in a tweet. “Beautiful f***in’ game today, brother!!”

Cudi’s response to Burrow came on the same day as the rapper’s 38th birthday. In another tweet, he called the Bengals making their return to the Super Bowl the “best bday gift ever to be honest.”

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