This morning during a post-Grammy nominations press conference, attended by Arsenio Hall, who presented the Best New Artist nominees, the late night TV talk show host directed his attention to comments made by Kanye West during an interview on Hot 97′s “The Breakfast Club.” In that interview, West basically implied that Hall was forced off the air by white corporate bosses.
“I could use my voice but what’d happen if y’all don’t by no other albums? … People gonna say ‘Oh, he like Arsenio Hall and he was turning up too much and now you fired.’ But when you got money can’t nobody fire you,” Kanye said.
Well, Mr. Hall has a huge problem with Kanye’s comments. Hall says the fact is that he left his show voluntarily. Then the comedian/talkshow host went in on Yeezus for not knowing the facts and alluded to the rapper and fashion designer wannabe’s reference to slaves in a pop song.
“I hate the word “slave” used in songs. Get the f**k out of here. Do you know what that word is? Do you know what that word is all about? Nobody can use “slave” in pop culture. If you in the music business, you should not f**k with that word. Too serious an error, too serious a problem in America,”Arsenio said. “There is no one that is free to move around this country that should use the word “slave”. Do you know what it meant to slaves?”