(AllHipHop News) Kanye West seems to have got his facts wrong and ruffled the feathers of Arsenio Hall. During his speech at the GRAMMY Nomination concert, Hall dismissed Kanye’s accusation that racism caused The Arsenio Hall Show to be discontinued in 1994.
During his interview on The Breakfast Club in November, Kanye said that Arsenio Hall was fired from his show for “turning up too much.” Hall refuted that claim and gave more context to the end of The Arsenio Hall Show in the 90s:
I just left my show, the white man didn’t do nothing this time, bruh. Save that for when the White man do do something. Don’t muddy the waters of racism with my bullsh*t, because it was not racism. I just left my show.
A reason Kanye may feel Hall was fired for “turning up too much” is the commonly believed notion that Hall’s controversial interview with Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan in February 1994 upset CBS, where the show was aired. In an interview with VIBE Magazine this past September admitted that the interview may have destroyed some of the love people had for him.
Hall was not finished with reprimanding Mr. West as he gave Kanye and the media present a quick history lesson on the term “Slave” and denounced its use in songs:
I hate the word ‘slave’ used in songs. The f*ck outta 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’re in the music business, you shouldn’t f*ck with that word. Too serious an era. Too serious a problem in America. There is no one that’s free to move around this country that should use the word ‘slave.’ Do you know what it meant to slaves?
Check out Arsenio Hall’s full speech below: