Ageism, family insults: The broke superstar Kanye West broke a sweat and hit Twitter last night to unleash a torrent of mild mannered invective against Bob Ezrin after the Canadian producer called him out for acting like an idiot and saying he was the biggest star in the universe today, yesterday and evermore.
Ezrin, who produced The Wall alongside Pink Floyd and has also worked extensively with Kiss, Alice Cooper, Lou Reed and Peter Gabriel, wrote a post for music critic Bob Lefsetz's newsletter on Monday (February 22).
In it he claimed that while West has made great music, he isn't on the same level as many other artists in rap when it comes to pushing the genre forward.
“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,” Ezrin wrote. "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.”
Ezrin, who admits to having not listened to West's new album The Life Of Pablo, went on to accuse the rapper of indulging in "excessive behavior, egomaniacal tantrums and tasteless grandstanding," adding: "He’s like that flasher who interrupts a critical game by running naked across the field."
Read Kanye’s Twitter opus here.