Kid Cudi pays tribute to Kurt Cobain in ‘SNL’ performance

The rapper also honored the late ‘SNL’ comedian Chris Farley.

Kid Cudi was the musical guest on the past weekend’s episode of Saturday Night Live, where he performed songs from his latest album Man on the Moon III: The Chosen.

The rapper kicked off his two-song set with the downtempo “Tequila Shots,” sporting a striking green cardigan that resembled the one Kurt Cobain wore for Nirvana’s iconic MTV Unplugged performance in 1994. Underneath, Cudi wore a t-shirt emblazoned with a portrait of the late actor, Chris Farley, who was a former SNL cast member.

Later, Cudder returned to the stage to close out the show with “Sad People.” The rapper paid another homage to Cobain by donning a floral print dress similar to the signature frock the late Nirvana singer wore in the late ’90s. Cudi’s recreation of Cobain’s outfit is part of the rapper’s upcoming collaboration with Off-White founder Virgil Abloh.


“I told him I wanted to show love to Kurt w a floral print sundress and this man made a masterpiece,” Cudi tweeted. “Thank You @virgilabloh. ur a fuckin genius!! Love you man we did it!!!”

He added, “Im doin a collection w Off White and the dress will be included!!”

Cudi released Man on the Moon III: The Chosen at the end of last year, with an expanded version on the way. The rapper confirmed that the deluxe edition will not only include new songs, but also some unannounced “surprises.”


Watch Kid Cudi’s SNL performance below.

“Tequila Shots”:

“Sad People”:

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