Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor has called out Kanye West over the hefty price tag associated with the rapper’s new record. For context, as of last month, West released his new record titled Donda 2. If you want to listen to the record, well, it involves a few more hurdles to obtain Donda 2 compared to other records. Unlike many records that can be found on Spotify or Bandcamp, or even just purchased in a typical way, Kanye West has locked Donda 2 behind that of a Stem Player.
A Stem Player is a handheld music player that allows users to listen to music; it was released back in 2021, and was created by Kanye West and Alex Klein (the latter who is the founder of Kano). On top of that, the record will cost listeners… $200.
In hearing about this, Corey Taylor shared some strong words about West’s approach to releasing the record in such an inaccessible and costly manner. In a conversation with Metro, the Slipknot star said the following:
“It’s like releasing all the parts for a car and sending them to people’s houses and going there, you got a free car, now you’ve got to figure out how to build the goddamn thing.
“You’re assuming that the audience has the access and same technology that you have but you’re a f***ing 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 f***ing property Kanye West really is.”
Specifically speaking to the price tag associated with Donda 2, Taylor said, “People can’t afford their f***ing apartments for f***s sake. It’s not right.”
Taylor called West’s decision “pompous and ridiculous,” while also adding that if Slipknot did such a move, they would be “demonized.”
Corey Taylor added, “But I guarantee people are looking at him like he’s a genius, and it’s like for f***s sake, pull your head out of your a**, put it on CDs and just f***ing give it to people.”
What are your thoughts on Kanye’s decision to release his new record via a Stem Player, as well adding a $200 price tag to it?
Either way, Slipknot is hitting the road soon and you can grab tickets via this link.
Words by: Michael Pementel