Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor is not one to suffer fools, as anyone reading his three books -- including the new "You're Making Me Hate You" -- probably knows. This week he picked a fight with rapper Kanye West, calling West out on his recent comment that he's the world's greatest living rock star. The remark has caused a global furor, which Taylor tells us he finds amusing:
"It's so funny, man. It was like one little comment, and now everyone's talking about it. I just think it's funny, and people are ripping me to shreds. It just gets funnier and funnier...The day after the first day of the fallout it was everybody going, 'Well, y'know, he's got more Grammys than Slipknot has albums.' I'm like, 'Yeah, you just made my point for me. Getting a Grammy is like getting a Teen Choice Award. Figure it out... If you're gonna tell me with Keith Richards still alive, with David Bowie still alive, with Paul McCartney still alive that there's even a comparison to Kanye West, then you just need to shut up and just never try to say anything smart ever again.'"
Taylor is currently on tour doing solo shows and signing for the just-published "You're Making Me Hate You," a collection of rants about everything from drivers to popular entertainment. He hits the road with Slipknot again on July 24 in West Palm Beach, Fla., while Stone Sour is finishing work on two new covers EPs and plans to start working on an album of new material within the next year.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.