Waka Flocka says Kanye West doesn't care about performing at the Grammys in the slightest ... so Ye's ban shouldn't mean much to an artist Waka considers a genius.
The "No Hands" rapper sat down with Raq on the "It's Tricky With Raquel Harper" podcast ... and offered a strong defense of Kanye, and a scathing review of the music awards show.
Waka says musicians shouldn't put much weight into the Grammys, because they're being judged by a few dozen people ... whereas concerts see crowds with 100,000 fans.
As we reported ... Kanye was yanked from the upcoming Grammys lineup because of his online antics.
Waka's read is along the same lines as Damon Dash's ... who told us hip-hop doesn't need the Recording Academy.
Waka says Kanye is "an unapologetic genius" who is being judged too harshly by most folks ... though he admits Ye should be a little wiser with his choice of words given his celebrity.
Bottom line for Waka ... Kanye doesn't need another Grammys performance to cement his legacy, and he tells us why the awards "don't mean s***" in his world.