If you mess with Frank Ocean, you mess with Kanye.
Frank Ocean's insanely anticipated dual albums (Blonde and Endless) have been deemed ineligible for Grammy consideration because they were submitted after the award show's September 30 deadline.
Yup, that glorified two-disk panty dropper that made everyone immediately forget for a few moments how bad 2016 is and that we're all subject to crippling student debt has been robbed of its chance to take home the 300 trophies it would have for sure won at this year's show.
Nobody is more furious about this than Kanye.
Kanye Oracle Last Night @KimKardashian pic.twitter.com/tqz5ThvOCO — Sam Liss (@liss52) October 23, 2016
While doing a show during his Saint Pablo Tour at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Mr. West expressed his anger at the committee's decision, saying,
So, I don't know if any of y'all remember: I was supposed to go on a tour with Gaga, like about six, seven years ago -- a while back. I remember, that it was something... She wasn't nominated for Best New Artist, right? But they wanted her to perform at the show; they wanted her to open, right? So, the Grammys secretly changed something about the nominations in order to nominate her -- in order for her to perform in the show.
Yeezy is talking about the scrapped Fame Kills Tour that was supposed to happen in late 2009/early 2010. The incident that Kanye is referring to is how Lady Gaga's single Grammy nomination in 2009 led to her being ineligible in 2010 to receive Best New Artist consideration.
This led to a revision of the rules that allowed Lady Gaga to maintain eligibility.
Kanye is arguing the same leeway should be given to Frank Ocean under the circumstances.
He continued his rant,
I'm saying this to y'all, because a lot of people, you know, they try to make a scene, like, 'I'm so self-centered.' But the album I listened to the most this year is Frank Ocean's album. And I will tell you this right now: If his album's not nominated in no categories, I'm not showing up to the Grammys.
YUP! Unless the Grammys figure its shit out, we could be experiencing the show without Kanye, whose Life of Pablo album was arguably the biggest record drop of the year.
Kanye has always been a vocal supporter of Ocean's albums, fangirling about his music to the radio industry as a whole right after both records were released.
West finished up his speech at Oracle with a levelheaded call not to have the Grammy committee be such wet blankets, telling the audience,
As artists, we gotta come together to fight the bullshit they been throwing us with. All we need is a fair shot, you know what I'm saying? Let the album lose, let whoever win or lose. My whole point -- my purpose, my existence, everything that people try to diss me for -- is based on an instant replay clock. Imagine in sports if they didn't have no instant replay clock and someone could step completely out of bounds.
DO THE RIGHT THING, THE GRAMMYS!