Kanye West Fires Back at Rock Producer Bob Ezrin: 'What the F--- Does he Know About Rap'

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Kanye West performs on Saturday Night Live on Feb. 13, 2016. 

Thanks to Kanye West, veteran rock producer Bob Ezrin was a trending topic on Twitter the night of Feb. 23.

The rapper fired back at Ezrin, who has worked on albums for Lou Reed, Alice Cooper, Kiss, Pink Floyd and Peter Gabriel, among many others, who took the hip-hop star to task in a post for Bob Lefsetz's the Lefsetz Letter. 

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Among the offenses, according to West, was Ezrin's downplaying the rapper's creative output and legacy. “Unlike other creators in his genre like Jay Z, Tupac, Biggie or even M.C. Hammer for that matter, it’s unlikely that we’ll be quoting too many of Kanye’s songs 20 years from now," Ezrin wrote. 

West wasted little time in hitting back. 

“Has anybody ever heard of Bob Ezrin??? What the f--- does he know about rap…I’m tired of old people that have no connection with anything trying to comment on music!” Kanye wrote in a string of tweets

“Do something relevant… Please don’t speak on me bro ever again!!!,” he tweeted, before sending another string of messages: “Your kids are ashamed of their dad… Sorry for speaking about kids… but could you imagine if you were Bob Ezrin’s kids… I’m so sorry for them… I will send them free Yeezys to make up for the embarrassment that you have caused your family!”

And then Macklemore was dropped into the picture. "Bro you said Macklemore was more important musically than me… no offense to Macklemore, he’s a nice human being!"

Some choice additional tweets include this: “Bob please never speak in public again… you are everything that is wrong with the old guard …”

And this: “Rock and Roll was stolen… Rap was exploited…”

West’s blast (with some input from Pusha T) helped turn Erzin into a global trending top on the social media platform, probably for the first and last time.

Earlier, Ezrin had earlier poured scorn on West, noting his greatest achievements have been in the form of "excessive behavior, egomaniacal tantrums and tasteless grandstanding". He added, "What he is a true artist at is living his life out loud – and shoving it down the throats of the rest of us whether we give a shit or not. He’s like that flasher who interrupts a critical game by running naked across the field. Is that art???”

Ezrin's comments follow the release of West's The Life of Pablo album, which has been greeted with some controversy as it relates to a lyric in the song "Famous" about Taylor Swift and its stop-start arrival on Tidal and


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