"Bob please never speak in public again" asks rap star in Twitter outburst
The producer Bob Ezrin has found himself the subject of a Twitter rant by Kanye West.
Ezrin – whose credits include Pink Floyd, Lou Reed and Genesis – wrote to the Lefsetz Letter – a music industry email written by music industry analyst and critic Bob Lefsetz – offering his thoughts on West’s career.
In the piece, published yesterday (February 22), Ezrin wrote, “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.
“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.”
West reacted strongly to Ezrin’s views.
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