Corey Taylor is discovering the cost of taking Kanye West to task. “People are ripping me to shreds,” he tells Billboard.
And he finds that pretty amusing.
Promoting his just-published, rant-laden third book, You’re Making Me Hate You, the Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman took issue with West’s Glastonbury Festival comment that he’s “the greatest living rock star on the planet,” saying during a recent Music Choice interview: “Kanye, you are not — not — the greatest living rock star of all time. The fact that you had to tell people that kinda says it all. You remind me of the guy who bras about p—y — they never get as much as they brag about. Stop it!” Watch the video below.
Taylor says he hasn’t heard from West, but the backlash has been engagingly brutal. “It’s so funny, man; It was like one little comment and now everybody’s talking about it and it’s just getting funnier and funnier,” says Taylor, who’s currently on a book tour doing both signings and spoken word/music performances. “The first day everybody was going, ‘Well, y’know, (West) has more Grammys than Slipknot has albums. I’m like, ‘Yeah, you just made my point for me. Getting a Grammy is like getting a Teen Choice Award. Figure it out.’ And then the big thing online is these weird little armchair academics who are like, ‘Well, if you really break it down, sorry Corey, but Kanye really is the greatest living rock star.’ And I’m like, ‘You an stop right there because you just destroyed your credibility. If you’re gonna tell me (that) with Keith Richards still alive, with David Bowie still alive, with Paul McCartney still alive that there’s even a comparison to Kanye West, then you just need to shut up and never try to say anything smart ever again.”
The fracas is certainly in character for the always outspoken Taylor — especially in the wake of You’re Making Me Hate You, which finds him shooting unapologetically at everything from drivers to popular entertainers, and in particular calling out Fall Out Boy for having “the nerve” to title its 2013 album Save Rock and Roll. “I’ve just gotten to the point in my life where I”m tired of holding back,” Taylor explains. “It’s like, ‘Man, I’ve just got to say something, even just to get it off my chest,’ and it feels like people respond to it, whether it’s positive or negative. My biggest worry was that it would come off too angry and people wouldn’t see the humor, but I think after all these years people understand my sense of humor. It’s pretty dark, but they get it. I’m just trying to get everybody to laugh with me.”
Taylor doesn’t have a fourth book idea working yet — “I haven’t had a chance to catch my breath on this one yet,” he says — and his musical commitments are well-stacked at the moment. Fresh off a European tour, Slipknot puts the masks back on and returns to the road July 24 for a summer North American jaunt, and the group plans to promote the chart-topping .5: The Gray Chapter well into 2016.
“There’ll definitely be more,” Taylor promises. “I think we’re going to do the usual thing where we’ll probably tour ’til summer of next year, and then we’ll take some time off and kinda let the scene breathe again. We all have things we do in our lives that we’ll take time to go and do, and when it feels right to come back we’ll come back. I know we’ve all talked about when that timeline will happen, so eventually we’ll do that.”
Meanwhile, Stone Sour has been busy recording two more covers EPs — Straight Outta Burbank and No Sleep ’til Burbank — which will feature songs originally by The Rolling Stones, Slayer, Motley Crue, Van Halen, the Buzzcocks, the Violent Femmes and others. The group is also hatching plans for a follow-up to the 2012-2013 House of Gold & Bones tandem.
“I’ve got a bunch of new songs written,” says Taylor, who’s also trying out acting in Slipknot bandmate M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan’s upcoming film Officer Downe. “I know Josh (Rand) has got some stuff, everybody in the band’s got stuff. So we’re gonna start trying to put that together maybe, like, early next year, just try to get demos together to see where we’re at and maybe in the fall go in and start making a new album. We’re looking to what we haven’t done yet stylistically, artistically, everything. We’re really trying to figure out how to capture what this band is all about.”