You heard that right, Kanye West, who has 21 Grammys Awards of his own, has obviously decided to sacrifice one for one of his most recent protests of the music industry. He played a video over social media of, presumably, himself peeing on one of his Grammys.
Evidently it’s all about Kanye’s recent crusade about black artists retaining ownership of music masters in contract negotiations with big record labels.
“Ye” left a caption on his urinary display saying, “Trust me … I WON’T STOP”
As if he woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning, the rapper and fashion mogul starting ranting in all caps, saying things like…
“MY CHILDREN WILL OWN MY MASTERS … NOT YOUR CHILDREN … MY CHILDREN … MY CHILDREN … MY CHILDREN. ”
Kanye also went on to ask for prayers for having the courage to stand up to the record industry, although he strongly hinted he’s been emboldened by the fact he so much wealth to back him up these days… a luxury other artists don’t enjoy. He also shared with his millions of followers that his record label refuses to even give him a price on his music catalog because he feels they’re afraid he could actually afford to buy it.
Though Kanye seems to have a lot of fire on the subject of retaining masters, he’s far from the only artist to ever broach the subject. Michael Jackson and Prince were both very instrumental in the fight to even the playing field for artists in respect to ownership of their masters – it’s the very reason we came to know Prince as “The Artist.” In fact, more and more rappers are winning the rights to their masters at the negotiating table… not a lot, but some. Perhaps Kanye West, known for being an innovator, is starting to feel left behind in this regard.
Whatever the reason for Kanye’s new mood, it’s worth noting he took the awesome step of actually displaying all of his 10 record contracts in full over the internet on Wednesday, just to highlight how “unfair” he believes they are, even though it appears he signed each and every one.
Kanye West watch continues – we’ll bring you his next play. Until the next time it drips….