Continuing his now daily Twitter diatribe, Kanye West decided to clap back at Canadian music producer Bob Ezrin. Ezrin, best known for his work with the likes of Pink Floyd, Kiss, Alice Cooper, and Peter Gabriel, posted a scathing letter about Kanye on Bob Lefsetz’swebsite earlier this week, to which Yeezy responded to late Tuesday night (Feb. 23).
“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,”said Ezrin in the newsletter. “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.”
Along with discrediting Kanye’s résumé as a producer, Ezrin gave his view of the rapper’s greatest musical achievements. “Instead Kanye’s greatest achievements have been in the form of excessive behavior, egomaniacal tantrums and tasteless grandstanding,” says the 66-year-old. “What he is a true artist at is living his life out loud – and shoving it down the throats of the rest of us whether we give a shit or not. He’s like that flasher who interrupts a critical game by running naked across the field. Is that art???.”
“Has anybody ever heard of Bob Ezrin???,” Kanye asked on Twitter late Tuesday night. “What the fuck does he know about rap…I’m tired of old people that have no connection with anything trying to comment on music!.”
Kanye would later reference Ezrin bringing Macklemore’s name into the fold, “Bro you said Macklemore was more important musically than me… no offense to Macklemore, he’s a nice human being!. Bob please never speak in public again… you are everything that is wrong with the old guard ….”
An angry Kanye also touched on Taylor Swift winning Album of the Year twice at the Grammys (though he never said her actual name).”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.”