Reggae legend/innovative producer Lee “Scratch” Perry is 81 years old and gives notoriously off-kilter interviews. In fact, he once called Island Records head honcho Chris Blackwell a “vampire.”
His most recent chat with House of Strombo was no exception — only this time he touched on the subject of Hip Hop, which included his thoughts on rap gods Kanye West and Drake. When speaking on West, he said Yeezy has sold his soul and that of his late mother’s for wealth.
“Him sell his mother’s soul to get rich … To get rich, sell his soul to, sell his mother’s soul, sell his soul to get the American dollars that is going down,” Perry said in his thick Jamaican accent. “Why should I listen to somebody that is so perfect and so unperfect and so stupid?”
As the interview was winding down, he also made bizarre references to West’s wife, Kim Kardashian-West, and her “big batty,” which presumably meant her big “booty.”
“I did not sell my soul,” he said. “I don’t need a bulletproof jacket. And I don’t have a woman with a real big batty because me is not afflicted by big batty. I am not addicted to big batty. And I am not addicted to Kim, with batty in front and behind. Kim has batty in front and batty behind. I am not addicted to girls with batty in front and batty behind. The girls I have is not too fat.”
Perry did conclude that Drake was alright in his book because he “moves like a snake” (whatever that means).
Perry has released dozens of albums beginning with 1969’s The Upsetter and appeared on the Beastie Boys’ 1998 track “Dr. Lee, PhD” from the album Hello Nasty.
Check out the full interview above.