The rapper’s homage came in the form of his wardrobe choices: During “Tequila Shots,” Cudi donned an open green cardigan — like the one worn by Cobain during Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged — atop a shirt that had a photo of Farley on it.
For “Sad People,” Cudi appeared onstage in a dress that — as people on social media realized — resembled a similarly floral-pattern shirt Cobain wore. Cudi’s musical guest spot came just days after the 28th anniversary of Cobain’s April 5th, 1994 death.
The rapper — who has a tattoo dedicated to the Nirvana singer — previously sampled Cobain’s Montage of Heck demo “Burn the Rain” on Kids See Ghosts‘ “Cudi Montage.” Cudi’s latest album Man on the Moon III: The Chosen arrived in December.
On Sunday, Kid Cudi explained his tribute on Twitter, noting that the dress was a Cobain-inspired creation of designer Virgil Abloh that will be part of an upcoming Off White collection:
Virgil designed the dress for me. I told him I wanted to show love to Kurt w a floral print sundress and this man made a masterpiece. Thank You @virgilabloh ur a fuckin genius!! Love you man we did it!!!
— The Chosen One (@KidCudi) April 11, 2021
In addition to his Farley shirt, Cudi also acknowledged the late SNL star’s continued presence at the show’s studio:
Cudi also appeared in SNL’s “Weird Little Flute” music video with Pete Davidson and Chris Redd, which also had cameos by host Carey Mulligan and surprise guest Timothee Chalamet: