Just when we thought we were in the era of a new calm, cool, and collected Kanye West he proved us wrong. It seemed like Yeezy was making a joke at his own expense when he lunged toward the stage when Beck won the Grammy for Album of the Year, so we all let it go. But, if you watched his appearance on E!'s Grammy Awards after show, he really went in on a Beck in an old school Kanye West style rant and that stage thing seemed less like a joke. However, it now sounds like some of his comments may have been misinterpreted. TMZ posted a video of Kanye West clarifying his Beck comments when talking to paparazzi in the airport. So now what does Yeezy have to say about suggesting that Beck "isn't a real artist?"
If you recall from the original rant, West said, "All I know is if the Grammys want real artists to keep coming back they need to stop playing with us" in addition to saying that Beck should have given his Album of the Year Grammy to Beyoncé. In the latest video, Yeezus was asked if he was implying that Beck was not an artist, and replied saying, "I wasn't saying Beck. I said the Grammys. Beck knows that Beyoncé should have won. You know that."
The photographer then asked West if he ever heard of Beck before yesterday. In response, he said, "I love Beck. But he ain't have the Album of the Year."
As a die hard Kanye fan, it's pretty hard not to cringe at moments like these. Wen my friends hate on me for my loyalty as a fan, I'm quick to defend him and give him credit for what he does, but it's so tough with the way he delivers his messages. He has a lot of valid points, but his methods are all wrong.
I watched the Grammys Sunday night and I lamented to my friends and tweeted about my disappointment in my favorite artists losing awards, so I understand how Kanye West feels. The difference is that I am a nobody and he is Kanye West. No one heard what I said in my best friend's living room during the broadcast. It's perfectly valid for West to be upset that his favorite album did not win Album of the Year. West has frequently collaborated with Beyoncé and her husband Jay Z, and she had a very successful album. She went above and beyond by making a music video for every single song. I could go on and on, and I'm not even a big Beyoncé fan (judge me, I don't care).
West is a smart guy who knows music, the problem is, he just did not articulate himself the right way during the E! after show, and he should not have gotten in the way of Beck's moment. There is absolutely nothing wrong with expressing your opinion, even if it goes against the norm, but there was a better way for West to go about it. He could have taken some time to cool off and released a statement or blogged about it himself online. A lot of people agreed with West's sentiments, but other then those of us who were entertained by him going crazy, pretty much no one was on board with the way he expressed these thoughts.
The video of West at the airport at least shows that he is not just hating on Beck, but I really hope that he makes some other kind of statement, in an articulate manner, to keep himself from looking like a crazed hothead. I think this clip will the public understand his comments a little bit better, but I still wish he really got it together to explain his point of view.
In a recent interview with Ellen DeGeneres, West commented that his wife and daughter have given him a more calm demeanor, but that is not what he displayed. This latest rant was hilarious at first watch, but it brought West many steps back.