Lately it seems as though every tweet superstar Kanye West sends makes national headlines.
After his weekend Twitter rant in which he appealed to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg for $1 billion, West posed a new request — this time, to the media world: Stop covering “black music.”
The rapper specifically named the New York Times, Pitchfork and Rolling Stone as the subjects of his Monday rant after the outlets published reviews of his recently released album, “The Life of Pablo,” currently streaming on the music app, Tidal.
Yeezy, who boasted the merits of his new album and said he would not attend the Grammys unless he was promised Album of the Year (the award wound up going to West's longtime rival Taylor Swift), was obviously angered by his album's less-than-pristine reviews.
Though Pitchfork gave West’s project a score of nine out of 10 — the best score the outlet has given in nearly six months, according to Huffington Post — the just-short-of-perfect rating was just short of acceptable in West’s mind.
And so he tweeted:
Pitchfork, the album is a 30 out of 10— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 15, 2016
The first tweet prompted this response:
@kanyewest With maths like this no wonder you're in such debt Kanye— Mint Royale (@MintRoyale) February 15, 2016
Then, after taking a half-hour break, West extended his outrage to the other "white" publications that review "black music."
To Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, New York Times, and any other white publication. Please do not comment on black music anymore.— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 15, 2016
Then he clarified his critique — sort of:
I love love love white people but you don't understand what it means to be the great grandson of ex slaves and make it this far.— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 15, 2016
The system is designed for colored people to fail and one of our only voices is music. One of our only ways out is music.— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 15, 2016
Later on, after Yeezy had cooled off a bit, he offered followers some words of inspiration:
I’m an artist… the definition of art - or at least my definition - is to be able to see the truth and then express it...— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 16, 2016
All positive energy— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 16, 2016
(H/T: Huffington Post)