Kanye West Songs Banned From Detroit Radio
The backlash continues for Kanye West. Detroit’s 105.1 the Bounce have announced that they will no longer play the 40-year-old artist’s music. On-air personalities BIGG and Shay Shay announced the news Thursday morning, stating they’ll no longer spin songs featuring ‘Ye. The pair said they were told by an overwhelming response by listeners that they didn’t want to hear Kanye’s music and they convinced program director John Candelaria to apply the ban across the entire classic hip-hop station.
That includes West’s own songs along with tracks he has produced or is featured on with others, including material by Jay-Z and Rihanna. BIGG stated,
Kanye is one of the core artists in our format.
This is a significant chunk of songs that we’ve played that we’re not going to play right now.
As to how long the station will no longer play his music, Shay Shay says,
I think it’s a gut feeling of when we’ll be able to feel comfortable playing it again, when we’ll want to hear it again, and more importantly, when will our listeners want to hear it again.
Kanye, who is married to reality star Kim Kardashian, has received backlash for an interview he did earlier this week. He stated during the interview,
When you hear about slavery for 400 years … for 400 years? That sounds like a choice. Like, you were there for 400 years, and it was all of y’all? It’s like we’re mentally in prison. I like the word ‘prison,’ because ‘slavery’ goes too direct to the idea of blacks.
Kanye later clarified his statements about slavery on social media.