Kanye West's "Twitter rants," as the media likes to call them, are a lot like his albums: highly anticipated, funny, emotional, collaborative, full of peaks and valleys, occasionally problematic, and often completely brilliant. He presents both albums and tweets in a way that gives off the impression that he meticulously labored over them and also created them in a moment of spontaneous genius. And, when they drop, it's all anyone can talk about.
His latest Twitter beef with Pittsburgh rapper and noted weed enthusiast Wiz Khalifa was no exception. Make no mistake: this was a massacre. At times childish, cruel, and misogynistic, West laid into the "See You Again" rapper with a string of tweets that have many people thinking we may never see Wiz again.
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.