Another day, and another diatribe from Kanye West. Actually, two. This time taking on Taylor Swift, Amber Rose, and the Grammys. Last night, the rapper took time between tracks to let the club patrons at LA’s 1Oak know that Swift had in fact heard the now infamous line in “Famous,” and that Amber Rose never went anywhere near him with her fingers.
Part two happened today on Twitter, and saw Kanye calling out the integrity of The Grammys: “I feel the Grammy awarding system is way off and completely out of touch,” he said, adding, “You like your black people a certain way also. You wouldn't have Future perform and that man owned the clubs last summer.” He then specifically called out Bob Ezrin—a producer known for his work with Lou Reed, Pink Floyd, and Kiss—for calling him “sophomoric at best” in a biting essay.
In recent weeks, the rapper has taken to Twitter, almost daily, to vent his frustrations with everything from his hatred of Nike to being $53 million in debt. He also talks at length about his discontent with the music industry, and his rejection by the fashion industry. While his approach might be unconventional, and at times completely inappropriate, Kanye has made some very good points, points he’s not alone in. The Grammys, and awards shows in general, do have a diversity problem: not a single person of color was represented in either the Best New Artist or Record of the Year category, in a year that saw records from Fetty Wap (“Trap Queen” was the undeniable song of the summer”) and Future. Nicki Minaj echoed the same sentiment last year with the MTV Music Awards: “If I was a different ‘kind’ of artist, Anaconda would be nominated for best choreo and vid of the year as well.”
While this is hardly a thorough look at the things (of which the list endless) that Kanye has spoken out about, it’s important to remember the next time you start to dismiss him. And if you wonder why he’s doing it all in the first place, he’s got a tweet about that, too: “People ask why I speak in a public forum... Well my voice is my power. Freedom of speech. Freedom of opinion. Freedom of dreams.”