Slipknot vocalist Corey Taylor recently called out rapper Kanye West in a PSA-style ad for Music Choice Now, where he explicitly states his opinion that Kanye is “not the greatest living rock star.” A lot of folks sided with him, and a lot disagreed, but Taylor thinks that his comments aren't deserving of all of the attention and that the whole fiasco has been blown out of proportion.
In a July 9 interview with Opie Radio, Taylor explained the situation:
[Kanye West] was playing Glastonbury, which, if you're not familiar with that, is Coachella with a different accent. And he's on stage, and he's doing a little spaceship thing on stage… It's very strange-looking. And he goes, “You people are witnessing the greatest living rock star of all time,” and then proceeds to mess the words up to [Queen's] 'Bohemian Rhapsody'—in England! In England! Are you kidding me? Unbelievable, dude. And so, of course, I'm on Music Choice, and they asked me about it, so I just kind of cut this PSA where I'm just, like, 'Look, just stop.'
Taylor was in disbelief over the amount of attention the online ad got, and continued to defend his comments:
It's kind of precious, 'cause everybody's, like, 'Well, you know, Kanye's got way more Grammys than Slipknot has albums.' And I'm, like, that says it all. To get a Grammy now is like getting a Teen Choice award. Who cares? It's ridiculous. And by the way, I have one, you jerks. At least one. The thing today, though… I woke up, and now the academics are in on it. Like, there's all these blogs on it. Like, 'Well, Corey Taylor, actually, kind of is the greatest living rock star, and this is why…' blah blah blah. And this one woman — she's precious to me — she was, like, 'Yeah, but Corey's much better at his gig than Kanye West is.' So… So what? Who cares if, like, you can do the math and show me where he is? He still sucks…Here's the thing: I've written three books, I've sold millions of albums, I'm in two different bands, I'm in movies and shit. And this is what it took? This is what it took? Me talking about some hardon. I'm, like, you've gotta be kidding me, man.
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