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When it comes to infuriating Kanye West, music producer Bob Ezrin just dethroned Nike CEO Mark Parker. Ezrin recently published an unfavorable critique of Ye and his The Life of Pablo album, which in short argued unconvincingly that the rapper was less relevant than Macklemore. LOL. Insert crying emoji.

“[Kanye] didn’t open up new avenues of public discourse like N.W.A., or introduce the world to a new art form like Grandmaster Flash, or even meaningfully and memorably address social issues through his music like Marshall, Macklemore and Kendrick,” Ezrin penned.

“But in spite of what the aspirationally-cool media keeps saying about him, 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,” he continued.

Kanye responded in a lenghty Twitter rant calling Ezrin out of touch. And out of touch Ezrin clearly is, or at minimum, in denial when it comes to Ye’s relevance. “Gold Digger”, “Jesus Walks”, and “Slow Jamz” are already over a decade old … think about that. To say no one will be quoting Kanye lyrics in 20-years is ridiculous. Even more ridiculous is believing that anyone will be quoting Macklemore lyrics in a year, let alone in 20-years.

Love him or loathe him, the College Graduate has four number one records, over 20 Billboard Top 20 singles and 21 Grammy Awards. To dismiss those accomplishments is not only unfair, but embarrassing for a music critic. Ezrin failures do not stop there though, they extend to him conveniently omitting Mr. West’s discography to make the vapid argument that Mackle and Slim Shady are more socially conscious.

Watch the Throne, while braggadocios, is an unapologetically PRO BLACK album. One that explores police brutality, Black fatherhood, past and present Civil Rights struggle, Black existence and accomplishment. Without Watch the Throne establishing the theme of Black excellence, one could argue there would be no “Formation” aligning, or communal celebration of “Alright.” While Kendrick Lamar’s militant stance is more poetic, and Beyonce’s more fierce, they’re not necessarily MORE socially aware than Ye’s “New Slaves” or “Black Skinhead”efforts, just different.

Look, Kanye West is insane. He’s a douchebag. He’s an asshole. Arguing against those descriptors is an exercise in futility best avoided. And why bother, he tells you as much on Twitter or on songs like “I Love Kanye”. But the most polarizing musical artist of our generation is also creative, inspired, passionate and thoughtful in all that he does. Whether you find that execution abrasive or endearing is a personal preference, but he’s certainly someone that we will be talking about for decades. And thanks to Kanye, Ezrin is now someone we’ll be talking about for a couple of hours.

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It’s Litty! Migos, Jaden Smith & More Turn Up At ‘Bright’ World Premiere



Netflix definitely made sure the world premiere for their new flick Bright was lit!

Before the films stars including Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Edgar Ramierez and Noomi Rapace hit the black carpet, Migos surprised fans with a pop-up performance.

 (L-R)Quavo, Offset and Takeoff perform at the Premiere Of Netflix’s “Bright” at Regency Village Theatre on December 13, 2017 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Smith’s son Jaden also rocked the packed crowd at the Regency Village Theatre in Westwood.

 Jaden Smith performs at the Premiere Of Netflix’s “Bright” at Regency Village Theatre on December 13, 2017 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Artists featured on the soundtrack BRIGHT: THE ALBUM including Portugal The Man, Machine Gun Kelly, Ty Dolla $ign, Kiiara, Slushie, Grey, Dram, and Bebe Rexha also hit up the premiere.

Bebe Rexha and Machine Gun Kelly arrive at the Premiere Of Netflix’s “Bright” at Regency Village Theatre on December 13, 2017 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Will also snapped some fun flicks with his son Jaden before greeting fans and speaking with reporters including HipHollywood.

He told HipHollywood that he was super excited to reunite with his Suicide Squad director David Ayer for the film, and would “work with him whenever he wants to.

“I love his madness how he creates,” gushes Smith. “How he thinks about scenes, the way he works with actors, it’s some of the best psychological work of any director I’ve ever worked with.”

In the film Smith plays an LAPD cop in a mythical world of orcs, elves and fairies … and Ayer told us, he couldn’t think of anyone better for the role.

“We had such a good time on Suicide Squad together and this role is kind of perfect for him, it’s an edgy movie, buts it’s funny. He’s got the best sense of humor of anybody I know.”

BRIGHT debuts on Netflix December 22. Peep the newest trailer below.

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