Here we go again. Kanye West is speaking out against perceived slights from the industry again. Yet, unlike his rant in London (or Paris), this time Yeezy was able to keep his composure (and was still pretty hilarious).
West called into NYC radio station Hot 97 yesterday to take issue with MTV’s Hottest MC in the Game list. MTV recently revealed the bottom 5 in their top 10 list (the top 5 will be named tomorrow), and West had a problem with being named #7 on that list – ESPECIALLY when his protegé Big Sean was named #6 above him.
Although Yeezy gave Big Sean props for placing at #6, he confirmed DJ Enuff’s speculation that being “#7 bothers [him].” Yeezy went on to say that his G.O.O.D Music compilation album “Cruel Summer” was generally snubbed by the music industry, despite producing multiple solid singles in 2012:
“I feel like for them to put me at No. 7, they had to bring up things they didn’t like, like they didn’t like ‘Cruel Summer’ album. I mean, ‘Cruel Summer’ has ‘Don’t Like (Remix),’ ‘New God Flow,’ ‘Mercy,’ ‘Cold’ you know? And ‘Clique?!’ You can’t name five records like that on an album. But they want to diss me.”
On putting his own lyrical skills to the test, Yeezy continued:
“Ain’t nobody bringing up that ‘Diamonds (Remix)’ verse. There ain’t no verse in a year that’s f–king with that verse!… It’s definitely not about a body of work. Possibly it could just be about overall rap, MC swag. Sean is a great rapper, period. It checks all the boxes… I don’t think it’s really about them going bar for bar. I said ‘lucky I ain’t had Jay drop him from the team!’ Ain’t no bar — ain’t no bar of the entire past 12 months that’s hotter than that bar. That’s one bar! I come from this battle rap, that’s how I grew up in Chicago.”
But it wasn’t all bad news from West though. West did give a big up to Lil Wayne by saying that he felt Wayne was among raps greats, and should be named #1 on the list. A grateful Weezy tweeted this response:
(Might have been a bit much to call West “humble,” but we get that Wayne appreciates the sentiment.)
West wasn’t finished pulling coat tails though. Reserving his final criticism for MTV host Sway, Yeezy announced:
“I gave Sway his first TV man! He came over my crib in Newark, NJ, and I was doing beats for Jay and Beans [Beanie Siegel] and them, and I was getting a new TV – and I gave Sway his first TV. Really, I didn’t really want to call and talk about the # 7 list. I just wanted to tell everyone I gave Sway his first TV. And he needs to remember that.”
THAT’S the Kanye West we know and love!
Sway has responded to Yeezy’s annoncement, tweeting:
You can listen the full audio of Yeezy’s interview below: