Last night, West announced that his upcoming album SWISH, which used to go by the title So Help Me God, would now be re-christened Waves. Because no Kanye tweet-storm can pass without creating a little property damage, fans of legendary incarcerated Harlem rapper Max B., who popularized the term wavy in hip-hop throughout the mid-to-late '00s, rose up to complain that West was coasting off another artist's terminology and legacy. One of those fans was Wiz Khalifa, who fired off a few tweets grumbling about Kanye's appropriation of the word "wave." Kanye had paid respect to Max B. in a previous tweet, but apparently that wasn't enough for Wiz.
It's important to remember that Kanye and Wiz have a tangled, complicated history. It's unlikely that Wiz's comments were only inspired by his love for the rapper also known as Biggaveli and his influential "wavy" flow. If your memory of Kanye's love life only extends to the Calabasas-lounging Kardashian era, allow us to refresh your memory. Before he was Mr. Kardashian, Kanye was in a tumultuous relationship with model, fashion designer, and activist Amber Rose, much of which was chronicled on West's tortured My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy LP. After parting ways with West, Rose married and had a child with Khalifa, eventually dumping him after he allegedly cheated on her with twins.