Kanye West Tweets Anger Over Grammys

The rapper has some choice words for the president of the Grammys

Another week, another Kanye West feud. This week rapper Kanye West took to Twitter again to voice his concern over the lack of recognition of black artists in the Grammys.

In what started off as a tweet in response to producer Bob Ezrin’s essay to a music industry blog, West began to state his opinion on Ezrin and later on the Grammys on Tuesday. Ezrin, who has worked with rock legends such as with KISS, Pink Floyd, and Alice Cooper, wrote:

“Sure, he made some great music for himself and others. But in spite of what the aspirationally-cool media keeps saying about him, unlike other creators in his genre like Jay-Z, Tupac, Biggie or even M.C. Hammer for that matter, it’s unlikely that we’ll be quoting too many of Kanye’s songs 20 years from now. He didn’t open up new avenues of public discourse like NWA, or introduce the world to a new art form like Grandmaster Flash, or even meaningfully and memorably address social issues through his music like Marshall, Macklemore and Kendrick. ”

West, who believes himself to be the greatest and most important artist of time, did not take too kindly to the comment. In his series of tweets he questioned Ezrin’s knowledge of rap and said that he should never speak in public again. West took a turn and focused his energy on the Grammys when he tweeted “I made Dark Fantasy and Watch the Throne in one year and wasn’t nominated for either and you know who has 2 albums of the year.”

 

He later mentioned that he would like to sit down with Neil Portnow, the current president of the Grammys and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. West believes that the Grammys are “super important” but that the “awarding system is way off and completely out of touch”.

West himself has been nominated 57 times with 21 wins but later tweeted that he wants to change that for other artists, or more so black artists. West mentioned fellow rap artists like Future and A$AP Rocky as well as directors who have worked with them on their respective projects. Although Kendrick Lamar, a black rapper, walked away from the night as one of the biggest winners, West still believes that the Grammy’s should be more inclusive. Lamar’s “To Pimp a Butterfly” lost album of the year to Taylor Swift’s “1989”.

As the tweets progressed West seemed to focus his attention on the fact that rappers like Young Thug need to be featured.

Interestingly this comes during a time where historic award shows are blatantly ignoring the works of people of color, all while appropriating their culture and claiming that progress is being made. Furthermore, more and more artists of color are speaking out against the unfair treatment of Hollywood and society, in general.

At the Grammys this year, many were angered over the injustice that Lady Gaga performed in dedication to the late rock star David Bowie, while Natalie Cole, a greatly valued and popular R&B artist,who had 21 Grammy nomination only received a 45-second clip in the “In Memoriam” video.

The Oscars, which are being hosted by black comedian Chris Rock, are notably and tragically lacking in diversity despite the countless critically acclaimed films that were produced within the year such as “Straight Outta Compton” and “Tangerine”.

West ended his rant repeated statements about how he is happy and free. He also announced he will be dropping a new album this summer.

 



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