Kanye West made a veiled swipe at Taylor Swift during a Twitter rant tonight, writing ,"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." Swift recently won her second Album of the Year award at the Grammys, and shaded Kanye during her speech.
The bulk of his rant was directed at music producer and keyboardist Bob Ezrin. The musician, who is best known for his work with classic rock acts like Kiss, Alice Cooper, and Phish, recently penned a harsh critique of Kanye's artisty, writing that his production was "sophomoric at best," and that he hadn't contributed anything important to the hip-hop genre. "Kanye’s greatest achievements have been in the form of excessive behavior, egomaniacal tantrums and tasteless grandstanding,” Ezrin wrote. "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???”
Kanye was clearly not pleased with his critique, tweeting, "Has anybody ever heard of Bob Ezrin???" and lashing out at his perceived irrelevance to modern music. "Bob, please never speak in public again," he wrote. "You are everything that is wrong with the old guard." He even dragged his kids into it, saying that he would "send them free Yeezys to make up for the embarrassment that you have caused your family."
Ezrin also brought up Macklemore in his critique. "[Kanye] 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." To which Kanye replied here: "Bro you said Macklemore was more important musically than me… no offense to Macklemore, he’s a nice human being!" Check out Kanye's tweets below.
Just a few minutes after Kanye's tweets, an internet prankster had already provided some hilarious updates of Ezrin's Wikipedia page.