A.M. duo at Detroit’s 105.1 the Bounce say their banishment of Kanye West is no mere stunt. West faced swift backlash following an interview with TMZ on Tuesday, where he said “when you hear about slavery for 400 years. For 400 years?! That sounds like a choice.”
The music mogul took to Twitter shortly after to try and walk back his comments and compared himself to both Nat Turner and Harriet Tubman.
“If this was 148 years ago I would have been more like Harriet or Nat,” West tweeted, before clarifying the reason he “brought up the 400 years point is that we can’t be mentally imprisoned for another 400 years. We need free thought now. Even the statement was an example of free thought…It was just an idea.”
The two morning DJs didn’t announce how long the ban will last, and left it open to a “gut feeling.”
“That’s what it is right now. We need a break,” Shay Shay, told the paper. “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.”
West was banned from a Hot 103.5 in Sacramento in 2016 after he attacked radio stations and fellow artists during a concert for his Saint Pablo Tour, USA Today reported.