'I Wanted to Show Love to Kurt,' Kid Cudi says of his Kurt Cobain-inspired 'SNL' outfit.
Kid Cudi explains why he wore a Kurt Cobain-inspired outfit on Saturday Night Live.
The 37-year-old rapper made his musical guest appearance on the long-running NBC sketch comedy show on Saturday (April 10), performing songs from his upcoming album, Man on the Moon III: The Chosen. Cudi shocked audiences by wearing a spaghetti-strap floral-print dress similar to the late Nirvana frontman's in the 1990s while performing "Sad People."
In a tweet the next day, Cudi explained the roots of the outfit, stating that it was modeled by Virgil Abloh, creator of Off-White and artistic director of Louis Vuitton.
The rapper wrote, "I told him I wanted to show love to Kurt with a floral print sundress, and this man made a masterpiece." "@virgilabloh, you're an f—-in genius!! We did it!!! I love you, guy!!!"
"I'm doing a collection of Off White and the dress will be included!!" Cudi said.
Abloh shared a picture of Cudi wearing the dress on SNL on Instagram. "Freedom is what it is, and freedom is what it does. Feel liberated. Mr. Rager has exclusive access to @Off WhiteTM "The captioned was written by the designer.
This isn't Cudi's first time working with Virgil Abloh. Last May, the two collaborated on merch based on the rapper's current song, "Leader of the Delinquents." The T-shirt was designed by Virgil Abloh and featured a drawing of Cudi on the front with the song's name emblazoned on the back.
Meanwhile, during his SNL performance of "Tequila Shots," Cudi wore a fuzzy olive-green cardigan that was reminiscent of Nirvana's MTV Unplugged in New York live performance, which aired months before Cobain's death in 1994. Cudi wore a shirt with a headshot of late SNL great Chris Farley underneath.
Another Twitter user asked Cudi where he got the Kurt Cobain-inspired cardigan. The rapper replied, "Cactus Plant Flea Market!!" referring to the Los Angeles-based streetwear company.