Kanye West took a brief hiatus from Twitter for a few days after being outright manic on the social-media site for several weeks, posting things in all-caps and making people question his mental health.
His silence came to an end Tuesday night, when West sprang back to life with a series of tweets against Canadian music producer Bob Ezrin.
Ezrin, 66, a seasoned music producer and keyboardist, has an impressive list of artist collaborations to showcase. Among the people he’s worked with are Alice Cooper, KISS, Pink Floyd, Lou Reed, Peter Gabriel and Phish (and more). Recently, Ezrin wrote an open letter for music analyst Bob Lefsetz’s The Lefsetz Letter (the page is currently down; it’s not immediately clear if West’s rant is responsible at this point).
In the letter, Ezrin makes it very clear he is not a fan of West or his music. One particularly killer quote questions the very root of West’s public persona.
“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 s–t or not. He’s like that flasher who interrupts a critical game by running naked across the field. Is that art???”
He also makes reference to West’s “sophomoric” songwriting skills, “egomaniacal tantrums” and all but laughs off the idea of a Kanye West musical legacy.
“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,” wrote Ezrin.
Of course, West was quick to strike back, posting a litany of angry responses to Twitter. It’s safe to say that he literally exploded in a Twitter tantrum.
Over the past two weeks, West released his new album The Life of Pablo on streaming service Tidal and launched the latest iteration of his fashion line Yeezy Season 3.
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He also had a tantrum backstage at Saturday Night Live about a set being taken down, which was captured on audio recording.