MTV has become the target of Kanye West’s wrath because its annual “Hottest MCs in the Game” list.
The Chi-Town rhymer called in to Hot 97’s DJ Enuff to discuss MTV’s list, on which he placed at #7. Yeezy said he is upset with his placement at the lower end of the list, saying that the decision was influenced more by his personal life than his music. He also vocalized his disappointment in Sway Calloway, saying, “I gave Sway his first TV…and he ain’t even remember that.”
“Yeah #7 bothers me. I think that Wayne is the #1 rapper in the world…him and Jay and Em and certain people are trust the greatest rappers of all time,” he said. “For me, I feel like in order for them to put me at #7, they had to bring up things that they didn’t like – [like] the Cruel Summer album. And I’m like, that’s a compilation, it ain’t all rappers on G.O.O.D. Music…they want to diss me and be like, ‘He did Cruel Summer and he can’t say he ain’t a part of it because he’s on eight records’…[their decision is] definitely not based on a body of work.”
He continued, “What happens is with these types of judges and people who review this, when you come in [the game], I had the pink polo and the backpack, then I’m checking all the boxes of that A Tribe Called Quest era and J Dilla and all that, so they want to champion it. They don’t like Givenchy Kanye, they don’t like Kanye in a kilt, they don’t like Kanye in a relationship. I don’t think it’s like them going bar for bar. I said, ‘He lucky I ain’t have Jay drop him from the team.’ Ain’t no bar in the entire past 12 months that’s hotter than that bar…I couldn’t believe it. I gave Sway his first TV. He came over to my crib in Newark, New Jersey…doing beats with Jay and Beans and all them, I was getting a new TV, and I gave Sway his first TV…and he ain’t even remember that.”
This isn’t the first time that Kanye’s been caught ranting in the past month. In addition to targeting the Grammy Awards and Justin Timberlake’s single “Suit and Tie,” the Louis Vuitton Don recently took aim at major clothing labels, saying “name brands [are] always fighting for your soul.”