Kanye West is having a real Donald Trump moment. Trump gives interviews, then denied they happened. He says derogatory things about prime ministers, or the EU, then claims not to have said them.
On Twitter overnight, Kanye decided that all pop stars should be called “recording artists” by the press. Only, they are already called that by and large, by everyone.
Kanye wrote: “It’s just another example of elitism and classism. If you read Prince or Michael’s Wikipedia their title is recording artist Moving forward anyone working in music should be referred to as a recording artist”
The Tweet was one of several starting yesterday that might indicate he’s having trouble with his medication for bipolar disorder. He admitted recently to being bipolar– something we all knew for a long time. It accounted for several long Twitter tirades, sometimes 40 or 50 Tweets at a time. Just before his “recording artist” Tweet, Kanye issued a few others:
“Music is an art form. When reporters call me “the singer,” the rapper” or even the “pop star” there’s an air of condescension and patronization. Those kinds of journalist are acting like they’re better than us.”
“Whenever you’re feeling down bored irritated or disgruntled just say… thank god I don’t have a sinus headache … they feel like the episode of black mirror when the bee went into the guys ear…I had a sinus headache on a flight once and I got a fucking cat scan after because it was so bad”
Earlier, Kanye had observed that his company was run by “creatives” and that “Yeezy is an organization ran by the creative. The creative make the final decisions here.” It makes you wonder if he’s feeling pressure from Adidas and other financial partners about his sneakers, fashion wear, and even recording career. His accountant may be worried that Kanye’s “Ye” EP sold just 18K copies this week at $7.99 and via streaming, with no hit single, while Drake sold 325K copies of a double album and all the tracks on it take up the streaming chart.
Here’s hoping Kanye gets some rest and attention today.