It seems as if Kanye West’s ‘Saint Pablo’ tour has given him the opportunity to rant about a variety of topics that have been irking him as of late, including the beef with Apple and TIDAL that has impeded the release of Watch the Throne 2 and his relationship with Jay Z. At his most recent show in Oakland, Ye took the time to address the news about Frank Ocean’s Blonde and Endless albums being ineligible for the Grammys. “The album I listen to the most this year is Frank Ocean’s album. And I’ll tell you this right now: If his album’s not nominated in no categories, I’m not showing up to the Grammys.” He also goes on to talk more about the biased structure of the Grammys and his experience with working with Frank on “Wolves.” Watch the clip and read a transcript of his speech below.
I don’t know if any of y’all remember, I was supposed to go on tour with [Lady] Gaga. Like about, 6, 7 — a while back. I remember, it was something where she was nominated… She wasn’t nominated for best new artist, right? But they wanted her to perform at the show, they wanted her to open. So the Grammys secretly changed something about the nominations to nominate her in order for her to perform in the show.
Now, Frank Ocean on the other hand is very vocal wasn’t nominated for the Grammys. Since he’s vocal, no one wants to say nothing about it. No one wants to do nothing about it. I’m saying this to y’all, because a lot of people 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’ll tell you this right now: if his album’s not nominated in no categories, I’m not showing up to the Grammys. As artists, we gotta come together to fight the bullshit they been throwing us with. All we need is a fair shot. 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 just an instant replay plot. Imagine in sports they didn’t have no instant replay plot, and someone could step completely out of bounds.