Kanye West Appears to Pee on Grammy After Tweeting About Battle Over Music Ownership
On Wednesday, Sept. 16, the 43-year-old rapper shared numerous tweets about music ownership and recording contracts before posting a video that appeared to show himself peeing on one of his 21 Grammys.
Over the past few days, West has shared several posts criticizing the music industry—which he referred to, along with the NBA, as "modern day slave ships." He also tweeted about artists needing to own their work, noting that "in the streaming world, master ownership is everything" and that it is "the bulk of the income." He claimed this was "more important than ever," especially amid the global coronavirus pandemic.
"The artist deserve to own our masters," West wrote in one of his posts. "Artists are starving without tours. Ima go get our masters … for all artist … pray for me."
"When you sign a music deal you sign away your rights," he wrote in another tweet. "Without the masters you cant do anything with your own music. Someone else controls where its played and when its played. Artists have nothing accept [sic] the fame, touring and merch."
He later added, "Weve gotten comfortable with not having what we deserve ... they allow us to have a little money from touring get some gold chains some alcohol some girls and fake numbers that feed our egos ... but we dont own our masters. We our [sic] supporting other peoples kids ... we could spend our whole life in the music industry but our kids gotta go work for another company when they grow up."
West then claimed hes "the only person who can speak on this because" he "made multi billions outside of music" and "no musicians make billions inside of music." He promised hes "going to change this."
"I know a lot of musicians are not allowed to say anything but I cant be muted or cancelled so Im going to say everything as always," he tweeted, later adding, "We sat back and watched Nick Cannon get canceled and we go to play ball with Black Lives Matter on our backs … brothers lets stand together for real … there is no NBA or music industry without Black people … fair contracts matter … ownership matters."