February 24, 2016


Kanye West to the GRAMMYs: 'You Like Your Black People a Certain Way' (Update)

Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Yeezy Season 3
Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Yeezy Season 3

Update (2/24 at 4:10PM): Neil Portnow, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences president and GRAMMY Foundation president/CEO, has responded to Kanye West's dialogue request via the GRAMMYs' Twitter:

Portnow also spoke to Rolling Stone:

"Kanye West is a creative pioneer who has been recognized and honored by the Recording Academy time and again. We value his input as a member of the creative community, and our doors are always open to him. I continue to welcome Kanye, personally, to engage in a direct and productive dialogue about the future of music and the important role that music creators play in shaping that future."

Original story, 2/24 at 2:30PM: You had to know another Kanye West soapbox sesh was coming! On Feb. 24, the outspoken rapper decided to channel his frustrations about the GRAMMYs on Twitter. "You like your black people a certain way also," he said during a series of tweets that focused on his thoughts on the show's lack of diversity—especially when it comes to black artists.

Fellow rappers Future and Young Thug were mentioned in the Life of Pablo artist's tweets, as he claimed he will fix these issues to make the GRAMMYs "culturally relevant," directly appealing to National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences president Neil Portnow.

Kanye's latest Twitter offering comes less than a day after he came at music producer Bob Ezrin for Ezrin's incredibly blunt critique of the rapper's artistry and perceived lack of creative impact. At this point, it's pretty clear that 'Ye is fed up with older white men who don't seem to appreciate hip-hop and its culture.

Yeezy also tweeted today that a new album will be dropping this summer.