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Corey Taylor On Kanye West’s $200 Album: “People Can’t Afford Their F***ing Apartments for F***’s Sake. It’s Not Right.”


At this point, it’s generally assumed by the music-listening public that rapper Kanye West is, clinically speaking, an unhinged dumbass. Between publicly harassing his wife, hiring Marilyn Manson only after the shock rocker was publicly accused of abusing several women, and now releasing his new album for $200 via a handheld ‘Stem Player,’ Kanye has really let the world know that he has enough money to be as crazy as he wants, all the time. But the latter of these has apparently roused the ire of Corey Taylor himself, as the Slipknot frontman recently vented his grievances about the price of Kanye’s new album Donda 2.

As reported by The Pit, Corey recently did an interview with Metro in which he was asked about Donda 2, which apparently can only be accessed via a handheld Stem Player, which everyone is having a hard time explaining but which old folks who had tech-savvy friends in 2001 know is just a really high-tech handheld mp3 player (remember them shits, back in the early days? Looked like carrying a Window ’98 RealPlayer app in your hand).

Anyway, here’s what Corey said:

“You’re assuming that the audience has the access and same technology that you have but you’re a fucking moron for doing that. Are you serious? It doesn’t work that way. The thinking that that’s a smart thing to do just shows you how convoluted and off the fucking property Kanye West really is.

“When you’ve got that much money and that much people around you telling you exactly what you want to hear, your concept of reality just goes right out the fucking window.

“People can’t afford their fucking apartments for fuck’s sake. It’s not right.

“It’s just so pompous and ridiculous. If we [Slipknot] did that, we would be fucking demonized but I guarantee people are looking at him like he’s a genius, and it’s like for fuck’s sake, pull your head out of your ass, put it on CDs and just fucking give it to people. If you want to do that, put it together in a way that people can actually listen to it. It’s such fucking horseshit.”

Obviously, there are two sides to this. On the one hand, Kanye can do whatever he wants, so…yeah, just let him do it. If you’re either stupid enough or a big enough fan to buy his high-tech Tylenol in order to listen to this album, more power to you we guess. It’s not hurting anyone, really.

On the other, though, we agree with Corey: this definitely feels like a Dethklok-level declaration that Kanye doesn’t give a fuck about his fans. If you have the money to do this, why not just release it for free? This is an oddity, not a revolution — Kanye’s not starting a wave, he’s just showing the lengths to which he can go.

Anyway, catch Corey for less than Kanye West’s new album at one of Slipknot’s upcoming tour dates:

LEG 1: Slipknot w/ In This Moment & Wage War

Wed Mar 16 Fargo, ND FARGODOME
Fri Mar 18 Omaha, NE CHI Health Center
Sat Mar 19 Wichita, KS INTRUST Bank Arena
Tue Mar 22 Memphis, TN FedExForum
Wed Mar 23 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
Fri Mar 25 North Little Rock, AR Simmons Bank Arena
Sat Mar 26 Durant, OK Choctaw Grand Theater
Tue Mar 29 Birmingham, AL Legacy Arena at the BJCC
Wed Mar 30 N. Charleston, SC North Charleston Coliseum
Fri Apr 01 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum Complex
Sat Apr 02 Reading, PA Santander Arena
Mon Apr 04 Cleveland, OH Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse
Wed Apr 06 Green Bay, WI Resch Center
Thu Apr 07 Peoria, IL Peoria Civic Center
Sat Apr 09 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
Mon Apr 11 Winnipeg, MB Canada Life Centre
Tue Apr 12 Regina, SK Brandt Centre
Thu Apr 14 Saskatoon, SK SaskTel Centre
Fri Apr 15 Edmonton, AB Rogers Place
Sun Apr 17 Vancouver, BC Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena

LEG 2: Slipknot w/ Cypress Hill and Ho99o9

Wed May 18 University Park, PA Bryce Jordan Center
Fri May 20 Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center
Sat May 21 Providence, RI Dunkin’ Donuts Center
Sun May 22 Manchester, NH SNHU Arena
Tue May 24 Albany, NY MVP Arena
Thu May 26 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
Sat May 28 Québec, QC Videotron Centre
Sun May 29 Ottawa, ON Canadian Tire Centre
Mon May 30 Toronto, ON Budweiser Stage
Wed Jun 01 Cincinnati, OH Heritage Bank Center
Thu Jun 02 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
Sat Jun 04 East Troy, WI Alpine Valley Music Theatre
Sun Jun 05 Moline, IL TaxSlayer Center
Tue Jun 07 Bonner Springs, KS Azura Amphitheater
Thu Jun 09 Colorado Springs, CO The Broadmoor World Arena
Sat Jun 11 Nampa, ID Ford Idaho Center
Mon Jun 13 Seattle, WA Climate Pledge Arena
Tue Jun 14 Ridgefield, WA RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater
Fri Jun 17 Las Vegas, NV MGM Garden Arena
Sat Jun 18 Chula Vista, CA North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre

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