Kanye would later reference Ezrin bringing Macklemore’s name into the fold, “Bro you said Macklemore was more important musically than me… no offense to Macklemore, he’s a nice human being!. Bob please never speak in public again… you are everything that is wrong with the old guard ….”
– via www.missinfo.tv
Honestly of all of the recent Twitter rants by Kanye recently, I understand this one. It seems as though, and with warrant much of the time, people just have a go at Kanye simply because he’s constantly putting himself out there for ridicule or general derision. Tends to be funny at times, confusing most of the time and sometimes just plain ol’ bewildering. Whatever Kool-aid he’s been driknking as of late is clearly super potent. That being said, old white men definitely do not need to be involving themselves in the criticism of an artist and genre they have no stake in.
Who is Bob Ezrin?
Even I didn’t know the answer to this before happening upon this befuddling beef. He’s an old record producer who’s associated with a ton of Rock and “Pop”1 acts. From the early rock super groups such as KISS or Alice Cooper all the way to the likes of Taylor Swift and The Darkness 2.
So after a quickly learning of who Bob Ezrin is and why he would assume he’s in a position to critique Kanye, the easiest connection to see is clearly the T. Swift one. She’s the milquetoast wonder girl, with severe resting bitch face and catchy tunes that allow off beat caucasian girls feel alright with being, well, off beat caucasian girls. That’s cool, it’s a message that’s innocuous enough that everyone can get behind it and be okay about it. It’s unconfrontational and built by a team to convey exactly what’s being sung, there’s no underlying themes or layers to most pop songs these days — and again, that’s perfectly fine. But it’s clear that an attack on T Swift in this days and times are an attack on white America or something because everyone seems to come out of the woodwork to come to her aide.
You make one song about how you “made” someone more famous and stating you think that there’s still a chance for some tongue-in-cheek fornication references á la Eminem 17 years ago with his verses about Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, and suddenly old white men have a problem with you I guess.